Newman Fights Through Host of Problems to Finish 21st in Watkins Glen Stewart Scores 3rd Win of Season; Newman Remains 9th in Points WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Aug. 10, 2009) -- Ryan Newman overcame carbon monoxide fumes, a faulty alternator, a double...
Newman Fights Through Host of Problems to Finish 21st in Watkins Glen
Stewart Scores 3rd Win of Season; Newman Remains 9th in Points
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Aug. 10, 2009) -- Ryan Newman overcame carbon monoxide fumes, a faulty alternator, a double battery change, a spinout and no air conditioning to finish 21st in Monday's rain-delayed NASCAR Sprint Cup road race at Watkins Glen International.
Oh yes, due to the alternator's failure to fully charge the car's batteries, Newman could only run at 75 percent capacity for the majority of the 90-lap race at the 2.45-mile road circuit.
To maintain a workable battery voltage, Newman was forced to shut off electrical power inside his U.S. Army/Haas Automation Chevrolet Impala SS, including the four fans that cool the brakes plus the car's air conditioning system.
The lack of inside air ventilation created a carbon monoxide issue for Newman, who received oxygen following the race from the track's medical staff.
"It was just too much to overcome," stated crew chief Tony Gibson. "We were handicapped from the beginning and had to fight through these problems. We couldn't run at full speed until late in the race. We made the best out of what we could. Our crew did a fantastic job when they swapped the two batteries."
"Ryan was a trooper," added Gibson. "He was hurting, but he fought hard right to the end. Our Soldiers do this every day and I know they would have been proud of their U.S. Army driver today."
The race victory went to Newman's teammate and owner -- Tony Stewart, who captured his third win of the season and 36th of his career with a 2.969-second margin of victory over Marcos Ambrose.
Regarding the point standings with four races remaining before the 10-race, 12-driver Chase begins, Newman is in ninth place while Stewart continues to lead the pack. Newman is 100 points inside the Chase cutline.
"We need to keep our heads up and continue to charge," said Gibson. "We've been battlers all year and nothing will change."
The next stop for the No. 39 Stewart-Haas Team will be Sunday (Aug. 16) at Michigan International Speedway.