-- Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger, will make his seventh Cup start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It will be his 208th career start in the Cup Series. -- Newman has an average start of 5.5 and an average finish of 20.7.
-- Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 12 Alltel Dodge Charger, will make his seventh Cup start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It will be his 208th career start in the Cup Series.
-- Newman has an average start of 5.5 and an average finish of 20.7. All six of Newman's previous starts came from the eighth position or higher, including three from the top five and a career-best second in 2003.
-- Newman has only one top-10 finish -- a fourth in 2002 -- and two inside the top 15. Newman's other three finishes have been 31st or worse.
-- Newman has led 14 laps in two races at Indy. He has completed all but 10 laps at the 2.5-mile race track, completing 951 of 961 possible laps, giving Newman a 99 percent completion rate.
-- Crew chief Mike Nelson and the Alltel team are taking chassis PRS-069 to Indianapolis as its primary car. The car hasn't been on the track since April 2006 when it was used at Martinsville Speedway. Newman qualified fourth and finished 18th in that event. The backup car is PRS-104. It was last used at Pocono in June. For that race, Newman started on the pole -- his third straight and his fourth of the season -- and finished second in the rain-shortened event.
Ryan Newman on Indianapolis: "Indianapolis is one of the biggest races of the year for Cup drivers. It ranks right up there with Daytona and Charlotte. Being from Indiana, it would be nice to get a win at the Brickyard. It's also getting down to the wire for the Chase and this Alltel Dodge team is so close. We've had some good runs and we've been making up a lot of ground in the last couple of weeks. We just need to put together seven more solid races to make it in this year. I fully believe that this team can do it. We've had some time to relax and now we're ready to get back to racing."