It has been confirmed that Ryan Newman will be driving for Richard Childress Racing next season, driving the 31 Caterpillar car.
It was formally announced today, but was rumored since the announcement that Jeff Burton will not return to the car.
"This is a great opportunity for our team," Richard Childress said in a release Monday. "I am very proud to have Ryan in our No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet starting next year. We have high expectations for this No. 31 team. Ryan has proven himself to be a great driver and I'm looking forward to winning races with him. Luke Lambert will be his crew chief, and the team is staying together next year. That team is building momentum to not only finish out this year strong, but to get even better in 2014."
Newman said he is excited to run with the team next season.
"I'm very pleased Richard and I were able to put this deal together for me to drive RCR's No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet," Newman said. "About five years ago, Richard and I talked about me joining RCR before I signed with my current team, but things just didn't work out. However, we were able to make it happen this time and I'm looking forward to the next chapter of my career. RCR has a long history of winning races and championships, and I want to add to that tradition."
Newman has been having rough seasons with Stewart Hass Racing, having made the Chase twice, and has won a race every year with the team. Newman narrowly missed this year’s Chase after this past weekends race at Richmond.