No. 31 Caterpillar/Grainger/Liberty National Life Insurance Company/Bass Pro Shops

Personal Information

Date of Birth: December 8, 1977

Hometown: South Bend, Ind.

Residence: Statesville, N.C.

Marital Status: Married (Krissie)

Children: Brooklyn & Ashlyn

Twitter: @RCR31RNewman (team), @RyanJNewman (personal)

Hobbies:  Vintage cars, farming, hunting and fishing    


Coming off an eighth appearance in the NASCAR Playoffs that includes a victory at Phoenix Raceway, Ryan Newman is embarking on his fifth season driving the No. 31 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s/Caterpillar/Grainger/Liberty National Chevrolet in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Debuting with RCR in 2014, Newman and crew chief Luke Lambert earned a career-best finish in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series point standings, coming within one point of winning the coveted championship. Consistency remained a strong suit for Newman and the Lambert-led team. In their four seasons together, the 31 team has earned three NASCAR Playoffs berths, one victory, 19 top-five and 54 top-10 finishes.

Newman kicks off his 17th full season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018.

While most 4-year-old boys rode Big Wheels for fun, Newman climbed behind the wheel of a quarter midget and never looked back. His open-wheel career started in 1983 when he drove in his first quarter midget race in New Carlisle, Indiana, and through the course of several seasons won more than 100 features, six regional championships and the 1988 Grand National Quarter Midget championship in the Heavy Mod division.

In 1993, Newman switched to full-sized midgets in the All-American Midget Series. He quickly made a name for himself by becoming the first driver to win both Rookie of the Year honors and the series championship in the same season. That same season, success continued, leading to the Michigan State Midget championship and induction into the Quarter Midget Hall of Fame.

Newman made the move to the United States Auto Club (USAC) in 1995 and in back-to-back seasons captured Rookie of the Year honors in the National Midget and Silver Crown Series. His first major USAC victory came in the prestigious Night Before the 500 at Lucas Oil Raceway in 1997.

In 1999, Newman balanced studying vehicle-structure engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, while continuing to be a very active racer. He went on to become the first driver to win all three USAC National Rookie of the Year honors in the same year along with capturing the Silver Crown title.

The following year, Newman still competed in all three USAC national series, but started to switch gears when he signed with Team Penske as a test driver, also racing a limited schedule in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards and the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Besides earning victories in the USAC National Midget and Sprint Car Series, he captured his first stock car win in just his second ARCA outing at Pocono Raceway and backed it up with two more wins before making his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut in November at Phoenix International Raceway.

In 2001, Newman’s schedule consisted of ARCA, XFINITY and Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series events. He won the season-opener Daytona International Speedway ARCA race and scored his first pole at Kansas Speedway. In XFINITY Series competition, he won at Michigan International Speedway and earned six pole awards. In the premier series, Newman kept pace and earned his first career pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway in May and also added two top-five finishes.

Newman’s first full season in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition arrived in 2002. He set rookie records for most top-10 finishes (22) and pole awards (six) in a season. He also became only the second rookie to win the NASCAR All-Star race at Charlotte. Four months later, he scored his first premier series victory from the pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. He finished out the season sixth in the championship point standings and earned the Rookie of the Year title over Jimmie Johnson.

The “Rocket Man” nickname held true in 2003 as he continued to lead the series in most poles with 11. Newman also won eight races, the most of any driver that year en route to another sixth-place finish in the standings. Post-season honors included the 2003 SPEED Driver of the Year, the National Motorsports Press Association Richard Petty Driver of the Year, the Benny Kahn/Daytona Beach News-Journal Driver of the Year and The Sporting News’ Dale Earnhardt Toughest Driver of the Year.

Newman successfully earned a berth in NASCAR’s inaugural Chase in 2004. For the second-straight year, he led the competition with most poles (nine), along with winning two more events. Team Penske also fielded cars for Newman in the XFINITY Series, where he won six of the nine races he entered.

The next two seasons saw Newman rocket to the top spot in qualifying seven times to finish out those years in 18th and 13th in the championship standings, respectively.

Newman launched his seventh premier series season in grand style by winning the sport’s most prestigious event, the 50th running of the Daytona 500.

Newman joined Stewart-Haas Racing in 2009 and added two more pole awards to his record book and earned a second berth in NASCAR’s Chase, where he finished ninth in the final standings. The 2010 season produced a November win at Phoenix International Raceway.

The following year, Newman made his fourth appearance in the Chase and finished 10th. His 16th-career win followed in 2012 at Martinsville Speedway in April as he closed out the season 14th in points

In 2013, another crown jewel was added to the driver’s win column. Newman started from the pole and kissed the famed bricks after winning the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His winning form qualified him for the Chase, and two days later RCR announced Newman as the driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet SS beginning in 2014.