The 35 year old Newman is a 17 time winner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. He has 50 pole awards to his credit; and is the 2008 Daytona 500 and 2013 Brickyard 400 champion. Newman is currently driving the No. 39 Chevy at Stewart-Haas Racing.
"This is a great opportunity for our team," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of RCR. "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,” Childress added. “That team is building momentum to not only finish out this year strong, but to get even better in 2014."
A native of South Bend, Ind., Newman earned an engineering degree from Purdue University in 2001.
"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.”
Burton, who has been with RCR since 2005, recently announced his departure from the team.
"One important thing I sincerely want everyone to know is how much I respect and admire Jeff Burton as a person and driver,” Newman said. “He handled his recent announcement and situation with respect, class and dignity.”