NASCAR: Top drivers of 2014 – No. 2 Ryan Newman

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Ryan Newman

Season finish: 2nd
2014 Season Stats: 0 wins, 5 top-5, 16 top-10, 0 Poles.

What went right: Newman made no apologies for playing the new Chase format to his advantage, and nearly captured the championship as a result. When it counted, he made the bump-and-run on Kyle Larson at Phoenix to advance to Homestead with a chance. Gelled well with crew chief Luke Lambert and the entire Richard Childress Racing team as a steady presence in a transitional year for the team, even though it was his first year.

What went wrong: The driver once known as “Rocket Man” didn’t score a single pole, and the driver who won eight races and finished sixth in points in 2003 went winless this year. Little else needs be said about what didn’t go according to plan for the 31 crew this year.

2015 Prospectus: No changes expected on the team front, and with Newman now integrated into RCR, he should be able to tick off the win/pole boxes in 2015. The only problem he might run into is the traditional “runner-up curse” that seems to plague the second-place finisher the next year – he oughta talk to Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Denny Hamlin about that.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

IndyCar NASCAR doubleheader 2021
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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.