30 Odd 6 is your weekly feature focusing on the 30th driver in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. Unlike the previous couple of weeks, we’re focusing on the 27th place driver from the Alabama 500.
Name: Ryan Newman
Age: 39 (turns 40 on Dec. 8)
Hometown: South Bend, IN
Team: Richard Childress Racing
Odd 6 Facts
- He graduated from Purdue University in August of 2001 with a B.S. in Vehicle Structure Engineering. (Hi Big Ten again #BoilerUp)
- He and his wife, Krissie, operate the Rescue Ranch promoting respect for all animals as well as agricultural, environmental and wildlife conservation through educational programs. It also facilitates rehabilitation, rescue and responsible pet ownership.
- His car collection was featured on the History Channel show American Pickers – for anyone interested in watching, his episode was “Art of the Deal”.
In April 2008, the St. Joseph County (Indiana) Board of Commissioners dedicated a half-mile stretch of Lincoln Way West – formerly U.S. Route 20 – near the South Bend Regional Airport as “Newman Way.”
5. Off the track, his hobbies include fishing, hunting, restoring classic cars, and working on his hobby farm
6. I know I’m cheating a little again, but his race car was featured on the cover of the 2005 EA Sports computer game “NASCAR SimRacing” and he was actively involved in the game’s development.