Daytona 500: Newman, Stewart final practice report

Ryan Newman, No. 39 U.S. Army Impala SS and Tony Stewart, No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Impala SS were both forced to backup cars for the Daytona 500 following an accident during final practice on Saturday. With the No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice...

Ryan Newman, No. 39 U.S. Army Impala SS and Tony Stewart, No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Impala SS were both forced to backup cars for the Daytona 500 following an accident during final practice on Saturday.

With the No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Chevrolet and the No. 39 U.S. Army Chevrolet both being involved in an on-track accident during today's final practice session for the Daytona 500, both Stewart-Haas Racing teams have gone to a backup racecar for the season-opening NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

Tony Stewart is now driving Chassis No. 14-454, which is the car he drove to a third-place finish in last Saturday's non-point Budweiser Shootout at Daytona. It is a carryover chassis from the former Haas CNC team, as it made its debut at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway in October 2007 with driver Johnny Sauter, who qualified 39th and led two laps before finishing 12th. It participated in winter testing at Daytona in 2008 before Scott Riggs piloted the car in the 50th running of the Daytona 500, where he qualified 27th and finished 21st. The No. 14 team was able to get some track time during final practice with Chassis No. 14-454. It will now be wrapped in Office Depot/Old Spice colors for the Daytona 500.

Ryan Newman is now driving Chassis No. 39-452. Its history consists of three restrictor-plate track tests in 2007, three Talladega races (fall 2007, spring and fall 2008) and one Daytona attempt. This car was tentatively slated as the backup for the No. 14 team if its Budweiser Shootout car was damaged in the race, hence the red paint. Once the No. 14 team's Budweiser Shootout car emerged from the race unscathed, Chassis No. 39-452 was designated as a communal backup racecar for both the Nos. 14 and 39 teams should anything happen to either team during the remainder of Daytona Speedweeks. The No. 39 team was already using its designated backup car during final practice after crashing its primary racecar in the Gatorade Duel. The No. 39 team was unable to get Chassis No. 39-452 on the track during final practice. It will now be wrapped in U.S. Army colors for the Daytona 500.


TONY STEWART, NO. 14 OFFICE DEPOT / OLD SPICE IMPALA SS quotes from accident involving himself and teammate Ryan Newman, No. 39 U.S. Army Impala SS, during final practice for the Daytona 500:

TELL US ABOUT THE INCIDENT THAT NOW FORCES YOU TO A BACK-UP CAR AS WELL AS YOUR TEAMMATE, RYAN NEWMAN AGAIN "Ah, it's just a Goodyear right rear tire. So, same thing everybody has been talking about all week. Same stuff that we always talk about every year is the failures that Goodyear has. I think that's part of their marketing campaign. The more we talk about it, the more press they get. I think they forget that it's supposed to be in a good way, not a bad way."

LOOKING FORWARD TO THE DAYTONA 500 AS FAR AS YOUR BACK-UP, THE BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT CAR "Yeah, I just hope I get out in it, really. We haven't really gotten any time in it except when it was really cold and in the dark, so we'll see."

MORE ABOUT THE RIGHT REAR TIRE ON RYAN NEWMAN'S CAR It's just frustrating because the gold and blue down there are the cause of another deal. I'm just so tired of talking about Goodyear it's ridiculous. I'm just over it."

A COUPLE OF TIRES RECALLED YESTERDAY, ENOUGH? "Apparently not enough. Apparently this is their marketing strategy to get press. I'm just tired of talking about them; tired of them being an issue. And us talking about them right now isn't going to change anything because it falls on deaf ears and that won't change."

HOW MUCH DOES THIS AFFECT YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING THE 500? "I don't know, rocket scientist. I'm sitting here with a back-up car, what do you think?

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO TO THIS BACK-UP CAR TO GET IT READY? "I don't know. Talk to Darian Grubb. We've got a lot of work to do. I'm ticked right now. I'm not happy, I'm not cordial, I'm not nice, I'm not anything right now, and I shouldn't be. If it was because two guys wrecked and it was a driver's mistake, that's one thing. But a manufacturer that has the sole deal here, they don't have any competition and they can't give us something to keep us from having problems like this. So I don't know. I'm just amazed at how much everybody kisses their butts right now."

RYAN NEWMAN JUST WALKED OVER HERE AND TALKED TO YOU AND HE MUST FEEL HORRIBLE "It wasn't his fault. We were actually talking about how the cars were running before that. It's just a rough day."

ALTHOUGH NOT A GOOD DEAL, THIS IS QUITE A TEST FOR YOUR TEAM IN PULLING TOGETHER "I'm not even the least bit concerned about that. That's the least of my concerns. It's the group at the end of the garage that I'm really concerned about."

ARE YOU GOING TO TALK TO THEM? "Don't get them anywhere near me. Don't bring them anywhere close; don't let them come close. I don't want anything to do with them."


RYAN NEWMAN, NO. 39 U.S. ARMY IMPALA SS, quotes from accident involving himself and teammate Tony Stewart, No. 14 Office Depot/Old Spice Impala SS, during final practice for the Daytona 500:

WHERE ARE YOU WITH THIS RACE CAR: "This one is junk. The right rear tire exploded in the middle of one and two there. It gave me a 100 yards of sign that it might. It started the very, very slightest vibration. I was getting ready to come in and it was too late. It was just unfortunate. We took out my teammate. I don't even know who else was caught up in it. Just disappointed in the situation Goodyear has put us in."

TALK ABOUT THE BACKUP CAR TO THE BACKUP CAR: "Fortunately there isn't that much difference in the cars anymore. It is a bad situation. Don't really want to be in it. It is hard to talk about. We will do what we can with this U.S. Army Chevrolet. People at Stewart-Haas have a challenge today."

WHAT HAPPENED? "We blew a right rear tire. Obviously it is unfortunate. The car was handling well. Everything was fine. It gave me about 100 yards of sign that it might do something. I was just getting ready to pull off in turn two and come in. It is ridiculous the situation we are in with these tires.

WHERE DO YOU GO FROM HERE? "We go to another backup car I guess. (Newman was already in a backup car from an accident during practice earlier in the week preparing for the Gatorade Duel). Fortunately we have another here. We just get it wrapped. I am still confident that we will have a fast race car. I hate to have to go through all the adversity. All the people at Stewart-Haas have worked so hard for this. This will exemplify what it means to be U.S. Army Strong."

TALK ABOUT THE TIRES A LITTLE BIT: "I am wearing what is left of it. It is ridiculous, it really is."

TALK ABOUT LOOKING AND SEEING YOUR TEAMMATE RIGHT THERE: "I caught him in the door, I mean he hit me right in the door. I mean, it is unfortunate; it took out a bunch of cars. We were leading and everything was fine. Got a small vibration going in to one and I was getting ready to pull off of two just to see what it was and that Goodyear tire didn't give me that opportunity."

WILL YOU GO TALK TO GOODYEAR? "Hopefully they will come talk to us to see if they might be able to help work on the race cars a little bit this year."

THEY RECALLED EIGHT TIRES YESTERDAY WITH ONE SERIAL NUMBER, WAS THAT ENOUGH? "It didn't seem to be enough. I'm not sure if recalling one batch of tires is the exact answer."

-credit: gm racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Tony Stewart , Ryan Newman , Scott Riggs , Johnny Sauter
Teams Stewart-Haas Racing