Daytona 500: Bobby Labonte pleased for Ryan Newman

Labonte Believes Newman Deserving Winner Grassroots Driver Always Worked Hard Archdale, N.C. (February 19, 2008) -- Ryan Newman, winner of past Sunday's 50th Daytona 500, like Labonte, grew up racing quarter midgets. Newman kept moving up the...

Labonte Believes Newman Deserving Winner
Grassroots Driver Always Worked Hard

Archdale, N.C. (February 19, 2008) -- Ryan Newman, winner of past Sunday's 50th Daytona 500, like Labonte, grew up racing quarter midgets. Newman kept moving up the ladder of open wheel racing winning in three different USAC (United States Auto Club) Series. Newman, because of his talents, was given the opportunity to race professionally by Roger Penske in 2000.

Bobby Labonte, CEO, Breaking Limits and Driver, #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge:

"Yea, it's cool to see a guy like Ryan win the Daytona 500. He's a true grassroots racer. Growing up, if he did something, it was behind the wheel of a race car. He just worked hard at it, didn't make any excuses, didn't make any enemies, just did what he had to do. It makes you feel good to see a guy who worked hard to come up through the ranks.

"It's great to see that he has that quarter midget background. That's where I started, and we're still helping young drivers today with our quarter midget track in Salisbury (N.C.). Ryan is a great example of where you can go with that quarter midget background. He just kept advancing throughout his career and was given a chance by Don (Miller) and Roger (Penske). He had his talents and racing background to rely on and it paid off for him on Sunday. He's a deserving winner."

-credit: Breaking Limits

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Ryan Newman