This Week’s Caterpillar Global Mining Camaro ZL1 at ISM Raceway

Ryan Newman will make his 619th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when he competes one final time this season at ISM Raceway. In 32 Cup Series events, Newman owns two victories. He won last year’s March event as well as the spring race in 2010. Newman owns four pole awards, 10 top-five and 12 top-10 finishes. His average start is 13.8 and average finish is 17.0. He’s led 242 laps in competition. When it comes to the last 10 events at the raceway, he ranks fifth in most driver points earned.

Delivering a Better Bottom Line … Caterpillar produces some of the biggest mining trucks in the world. And the goal of every Cat large mining truck is to help mining companies haul more material at the lowest possible cost. Cat trucks are efficient and reliable, productive and profitable. What does that mean to the mine site? It means a better bottom line.

This week Caterpillar is introducing two new large truck models that give them the broadest lineup in the industry. About 100 people at today’s race are going to get a sneak peek at those two new trucks – the 796 AC and 798 AC – and see what’s new with the rest of the lineup later this week.

Whether their customers are moving copper, iron, gold or coal, Caterpillar has a truck for every mining application. These trucks serve as the base for MineStar Command, which allows fully autonomous hauling. That means Cat trucks can move material around the clock without an operator on board.


How does it feel to race at a track where you’ve earned your most recent victory?

“It’s always fun to come back to a track where I have won before and where I have won most recently with RCR. It would mean a lot to win here again and close out my time with RCR on a high note. It’s going to be bittersweet. It’s going to take a car that can run well on both ends of the track to have another shot at it.

“This place has become a real show piece for the race fans. Back in March I got to tour the facility and see what all they were doing in the stands, the midway, a new pedestrian tunnel – all the renovations that will boost the overall fan experience. It’s impressive. We’ve got close to 200 people from Cat Mining who are coming from all over the world and for them to not only see us put on a good race but experience the race in a whole new way will be awesome.”

For the second-straight week, you’ve got quite a Caterpillar contingent coming to the track and using your No. 31 Camaro ZL1 to help launch new products to customers and fans. Thoughts?

“Phoenix in the fall is always a big deal for Caterpillar. They host people at the track from around the world. This year our guests are going to get to see a demonstration of their new ultra-class trucks and then after the race, they’ll head to Tucson and visit Caterpillar’s mining headquarters. They’ll get to see how the trucks are designed, built for maximum life and help deliver a better bottom line. I wish I could be on hand on Monday because they’re unveiling of a new 410-ton truck. It’s one of the biggest in the world.”