Newman will replace Jeff Burton, who announced last week that he is leaving RCR at the end of the season.
Newman has been racing for Stewart-Haas Racing since 2009, but it was announced that the team would not be renewing this contract next year because the team could not fund a fourth driver. Newman has one win this year, and ranks among the top drivers in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with an overall 17 wins, 50 Poles and 178 Top Ten finishes.
Newman stated in a press release:
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.
I am very excited to work with Caterpillar. They are a world-class company and I look forward to learning more about them. Since I’m already a customer of theirs, I can honestly say they make incredible equipment.
One important thing I sincerely want everyone to know is how much I respect and admire Jeff Burton as a person and driver. He handled his recent announcement and situation with respect, class and dignity.
We’re going to finish this season strong with the No. 39 team and give it our all to win races. Then, I’ll concentrate on working with Luke Lambert and the other members of RCR as we get ready for 2014.
Childress is also very pleased to welcome Newman aboard the team.
“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.