This Week’s Lucas Oil Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 at Watkins Glen International

Ryan Newman will make his 605th Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series start when he competes at the second road-course event of the season at Watkins Glen International. In 16 NASCAR Cup Series events at The Glen, Newman has recorded one top-five and 3 top-10 finishes. He has led 20 laps in competition. The South Bend, Indiana native has an average start of 11.3 and average finish of 17.8.

Welcome Aboard … Lucas Oil Products, a long-term partner with Richard Childress Racing and the official motor oil of ECR Engines and a technical partner to both RCR and ECR engines, will serve as the primary partner on the No. 31 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 driven by Ryan Newman in this weekend’s race at Watkins Glen International.

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Tune-In Alert … On Sunday, Newman is scheduled appear on NASCAR RaceDay on FS1. Tune in starting at 1 p.m. ET to hear the latest news from the No. 31 team and the momentum the team is carrying after two straight weeks of finishing in the top-10.


What makes Watkins Glen International so unique?

“Watkins Glen is definitely the faster of the two road courses, so the speed there is definitely up compared to what we felt at Sonoma Raceway. The speed is the biggest adjustment we have to make. I think for our trip this time, it’s all about getting adjusted to the new asphalt, the new grip level and the new tire combination.”

What is the one thing you and your team will have to focus on?

“We really don’t know how racy the track is going to be. Usually new asphalt lends itself to a single groove, so it’s been awhile since we’ve been to a road course that’s been repaved. The tire and asphalt combination and how well we can race will dictate our strategy, our pit strategy and what we are planning to do when we race the last lap.”