Ryan Newman Turkey Night At Irwindale Notes

Irwindale, CA - Ryan Newman's Thanksgiving holiday wasn't spent the traditional way feasting on turkey with family. Instead, Newman was hoping to feast on the competition in the famed annual event, "Turkey Night," held at Irwindale Speedway on...

Irwindale, CA - Ryan Newman's Thanksgiving holiday wasn't spent the traditional way feasting on turkey with family. Instead, Newman was hoping to feast on the competition in the famed annual event, "Turkey Night," held at Irwindale Speedway on Thanksgiving Day.

Newman qualified 18th fastest, which was a disappointment since the car was better than what the time showed. Ryan was selected to qualify first and with a bunch of speedy-dry on the track, it was difficult for him to gain traction. Newman won his heat race, pulling away in style. In the feature, Newman would start 16th and within 12 laps, was up to 4th place, passing an average of one car every lap. Twenty laps into the race, he lost the brakes and was hoping on cautions to help. The yellows didn't fall his way and Newman wrapped up the season in 8th place.

Newman acknowledged, "I lost the brakes twenty laps in and was counting on yellows to help us out. We didn't get them though. The car was really good and I think I would've been able to get with the leaders had I not lost my brakes. Now the winter work process begins and it's time to refurbish the cars."

Newman finished the season 2nd in the USAC MCI WorldCom Midget Series points standings, having only competed in a handful of the scheduled events.

Newman also has announced that he will drive for distinguished car owner, Johnny Vance, in the USAC Coors Light Silver Crown Series, as well as the Stoops Freightliner Sprint Car Series in the year 2000.

Ryan Newman began racing quarter midgets at the incredibly young age of 4 1/2 years. With over 200 quarter midget victories and two Quarter Midget National Championships to his credit, Newman is a member of the Quarter Midget Hall of Fame.

Since graduating to midgets, Ryan has garnered Rookie of the Year awards on the AAMS, USAC National Midget and USAC Silver Crown series, as well as the 1993 AAMS National Championship. Newman recently captured the 1999 USAC Coors Light Silver Crown Series Championship.

Away from the track, Ryan is an interdisciplinary engineering student at Purdue University, where he is on track to graduate in May 2000.

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