Races that Caterpillar [21-2* races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2016:
Daytona, Sprint Unlimited*, 2/13
Daytona, Budweiser Duel*, 2/18
Daytona - 2/21
Atlanta - 2/28
Las Vegas - 3/6
Auto Club - 3/20
Texas - 4/9
Talladega - 5/1
Dover - 5/15
Charlotte, All-Star Race* - 5/21, with Grainger
Kentucky - 7/9
Pocono - 7/31
Watkins Glen - 8/7
Bristol - 8/20
Darlington - 9/4
Richmond - 9/10
Chicago - 9/18
New Hampshire - 9/25
Charlotte - 10/8
Kansas - 10/16
Talladega - 10/23
Martinsville - 10/30
Phoenix - 11/13
Homestead - 11/20
Races that WIX [3 races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2016:
Bristol - 4/17
Sonoma - 6/26
Dover - 10/2
Races that Grainger [8 races] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2016:
Phoenix - 3/13
Martinsville - 4/3
Richmond - 4/24
Charlotte, All-Star Race* - 5/21, with Caterpillar
Michigan - 6/12
Indianapolis - 7/24
Texas - 11/6
Races that Whelen [2 race] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2016:
Charlotte - 5/29
New Hampshire - 7/17
Races that Kalahari Resorts [1 race] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2016:
Races that the Florida Lottery [1 race] is scheduled to be the primary sponsor in 2016:
Daytona - 7/2
Races that the Freightliner was the primary sponsor in 2016:
Contract Status: Sponsors: Caterpillar 2016, WIX 2016; Grainger 2017. Driver: 2017+
RCR extends relationship with Ryan Newman: NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Ryan Newman has agreed to a multi-year agreement to remain with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) as the driver of the #31 Chevy. The renewal marks Newman's fourth year with RCR and 16th full season in NASCAR's premier series. "Ryan's consistency on the track has been a benefit to our organization and this extension solidifies the future of our racing program," said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR. "Ryan proved the first year he was here that we could contend for championships and with this continuation, I believe we can fulfill our commitment to winning races and a championship. Ryan has worked hard to represent many of our partners, especially the primary sponsors Caterpillar, Grainger and WIX Filters, helping them to get the most out of their respective racing programs."
Newman's tenure at RCR with crew chief Luke Lambert boasts two-straight Chase appearances including the 2014 effort that culminated in a single point separating the 38-year-old driver from the coveted Cup title and a career-best finish in the Cup point standings. Entering this weekend's Cup race at Kansas Speedway, Newman and his #31 team have accumulated 11 top-five, 39 top-10 and 65 top-15 finishes in 102 starts.
"I am pleased to continue driving for Richard Childress Racing," said Newman. "Our goal to win a championship all but turned into a reality during our first year together. I feel like since then, we have some unfinished business to complete. I'm fortunate to have forged a great relationship with my crew chief Luke Lambert, and I very much want to not only help him reach our goal of winning a Cup championship but also getting him his first Cup victory." Before joining RCR, the South Bend, Indiana native's Cup career spans 17 years and over 540 races totaling 17 victories including the 50th Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in 2008 and the 2013 Brickyard 400.(RCR)(10-10-2016)
RCR's cars to run decals in Memory of Johnny Siler: All Richard Childress Racing entries will run decals in memory of long-time RCR fabricator Johnny Siler this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Siler passed away on September 24 following a battle with cancer. His 22-year career at RCR was more than a job, it was his passion and he truly loved it.(RCR)(10-7-2016)
Congrats to #31 crew chief Luke Lambert and his wife Jamie on the birth of their daugther, RubyLynn, Thursday morning. She is the couple's third child. Lambert tweeted the news Thursday.(9-22-2016)
NASCAR will talk to Stewart, Newman before Chicago race: NASCAR plans to talk with Tony Stewart and Ryan Newman before each driver gets on track Friday at Chicagoland Speedway to discuss their incident and comments at Richmond, Steve O'Donnell, NASCAR executive vice president and chief racing development officer, told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio on Monday. "Certainly too late for us to do anything in terms of a reaction at track," O'Donnell said Monday."After you hear the comments from both drivers, disappointing in terms of how that played out and what was said on the air. We're going to take a look at that now that we've got some time and certainly talk to both drivers before heading into Chicago and go from there. We're still looking through everything to review the data and then have conversations with the drivers." O'Donnell explained on"The Morning Drive" how they might talk to the drivers. "Any incident like that, we'll sit each driver down prior to going on the racetrack and make sure, probably individually, that they've talked," he said. "If they haven't talked, we'll make sure they're together before any of the cars go out on the track prior to that first practice."(NBC Sports)(9-12-2016)
UPDATE: Neither Tony Stewart nor Ryan Newman felt the need to apologize for their actions Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway, but they reiterated they have put the incident behind them after spending more than 30 minutes with NASCAR officials Friday. Stewart and Newman, longtime friends, stood side-by-side for a few minutes afterward, answering reporters' questions and joking with each other in the Chicagoland Speedway garage. "We don't have to apologize to each other," Newman said. Stewart chimed right in: "You've got to remember, we've been teammates. We've known each other since long before either one of us ever got an opportunity to come to NASCAR." Newman interrupted: "I'll text you an apology later." Newman, who drove for Stewart-Haas Racing from 2009 through 2013, said he didn't regret what he said. "They're just words, right?" Newman said. "More often than not, we're men of our actions. It's just all about going out there and doing our job. We all know it can be frustrating at times, whether it's intentional or not. ... I don't have any regrets about what I said. I am frustrated by the situations and the actions that came about in respect to all of it."(ESPN.com), for comments from Stewart and Newman after Richmond, see the #31 team news page.(9-17-2016)
Newman rips Stewart after accident UPDATE: #31-Ryan Newman was involved in an accident on lap 363 at Richmond Saturday night after contact with #14-Tony Stewart:
Q: Are you okay, and why did that happen?
Newman: "Oh, I'm fine. I think it was pretty obvious watching the video. I don't even have to watch it. The No. 14 (Tony Stewart) cut across my nose into Turn 1 and I got into him after that, but he'd already chopped into me and messed up my line and I clipped him a little bit coming off of (Turn) 2; but he just cut across my nose. Going down the back straightaway there, I guess he thought he was in a Sprint Car again; did not know how to control his anger. We'll keep fighting like we always do. It's just unfortunate not to end the way we wanted to. The Caterpillar Chevrolet and Grainger and Sprint and everybody else who helps put us on. But, it's just disappointing that you've got somebody old like that, that should be retired the way he drives. It's just ridiculous."
Q: You were racing him pretty aggressively for 9th place in the turns before that. Do you think he had any reason to be ticked off at you?
Newman: "I only hit him in Turn 1 when he cut across my nose. So, I don't think there was any reason other than him just being bipolar and having anger issues. Google Tony Stewart; you'll see all kinds of things he's done. Look it up. YouTube and everything else. Quite the guy."
Q: What happened from your perspective?
Newman: "Tony Stewart ran across my nose twice in one lap. The second one cost him and me. It's unfortunate. He has got issues. We all know he's got issues. He proved it again tonight. I was clearly inside of him getting into Turn 1, he cut across my nose, I was on the brakes, on the apron and I hit him coming off of Turn 2, but only because I got loose, I was on the apron. The next thing I know he is driving across my nose on the back straightaway because he's Tony Stewart and he thinks he owns everything. It's unfortunate, but shouldn't expect anything less from him."(Chevy PR)
AND: Stewart said Newman had run across his nose early in the race and then twice again before Stewart admitted he cut across Newman but obviously didn't want to wreck himself. "How many times does he get to run into you before you say, 'You've had enough?" Stewart said. As far as the harsh comments, Stewart said Newman was in a pressure-filled situation. "It's a stressful night for him," Stewart said. "He was trying to make the Chase. It's a stressful moment. He's going to say whatever he's going to say." The two drivers had been friends. "I'd say by that he probably doesn't want to be friends right now," Stewart said. "It's up to him."(ESPN.com)(9-11-2016)
UPDATE: Stewart, speaking Thursday at the Chase media day, indicated he will have a different philosophy over the final 10 races of the season than when he turned Brian Scott at Darlington two weeks ago and cut into the nose of Ryan Newman at Richmond last week. "It doesn't matter if they do or don't," Stewart, a three-time Cup champion, said about NASCAR officials possibly watching him more. "It's time for the Chase now. It's a whole different mindset and a whole different approach each week. We've got to go out and worry about what we have to do to win a championship and not worry about the other stuff."
Will he retaliate against another driver who hits him three times, as Newman did at Richmond? "Probably not," Stewart said. "Even in this first phase [of the Chase], there's half of the field that is not even a factor in what the 16 of us are trying to do. You've got to sit there and race a little different."
While [Stewart and Newman] haven't talked, Stewart said he isn't taking Newman's comments personally. "That was a deciding factor in his season, whether he was going to make the Chase or not," he said. "We've been friends a long time, and teammates, and I respect him a lot. It's a high-pressure moment. I've been in those, too, and I've said things. Whether he meant to say it or not or whether he still believes in it or not, it's up to him. That moment is a hard moment for any of us."(ESPN.com)(9-16-2016)
Dillon gets crew members from Newman as Chase begins: Richard Childress Racing made changes to the #3 pit crew for Austin Dillon this week. Jackman Adam Lewis and Rear Tire Carrier Brad Robison have transferred from the #31 team effective immediately. Lewis, originally from East New Market, Md., joined RCR at the end of 2011. Robison, a Groton, N.Y.-native, played football at SUNY Cortland as a defensive lineman prior to his career in NASCAR. Robison and Lewis join 15-year veteran Jason Pulver (Front Tire Changer), Front Tire Carrier Josh Shipplett, Rear Tire Changer Brian Bottlemy, and Fueler Tyler Rader on the #3 team which is led by crew chief Slugger Labbe.(Motorsport)(9-14-2016)
Darlington penalties/warnings announced: NASCAR has announced penalties and warnings following the Bojangles' Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway on September 4, 2016.
#31-Newman failed post-race inspection. He was issued a P3 penalty for violation of sections 12.1; 126.96.36.199.2 - Failed the post-race Laser Inspection Station measurements. Crew chief Luke Lambert has been fined $25,000; team has been assessed with the loss of 15 championship owner and 15 championship driver points.
#42-Larson failed post-race inspection. He was issued a P2 penalty for violation of Sections 12.1; 188.8.131.52.2; 184.108.40.206.3 - Failed the post-race Laser Inspection Station measurements. Crew chief Chad Johnston has been fined $22,500; team has been assessed with the loss of 15 championship owner and 15 championship driver points.
#21-Ryan Blaney was given a P1 penalty for violation of Sections 12.1; 220.127.116.11.1; 18.104.22.168 - Improper driver protective clothing/equipment. Blaney has been fined $1,000.
#2-Keselowski (4), #19-Edwards (2). Failed LIS three times in pre-race inspection. Given a written warning and loss of 15 minutes of practice time.
#22-Logano (3), #32-Earnhardt (3). Failed LIS twice in pre-race inspection. Given a written warning.
#14-Stewart (4), Failed template inspection twice in pre-race inspection. Given a written Warning.
() -- total current warnings.
See the Darlington Post-Event Penalty & Warning Report (pdf) for more.(9-7-2016)
Childress will not appeal penalty: Statement from Richard Childress Racing Regarding NASCAR Penalty Issued to the #31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Team:
"We do not plan to appeal the penalty issued today to the #31 team. Our rear toe settings were well within specs during pre-race inspection. The car made contact with the outside wall during the race and there was clear damage to the right rear fender and tire. NASCAR has told us that the LIS standard is clear and the car must pass post-race inspection even if damage has been sustained."(Richard Childress Racing)(9-7-2016)
Newman, Larson fail postrace inspection: #31-Ryan Newman, who sits seven points behind #1-Jamie McMurray for the final provisional spot in the NASCAR Chase for the Sprint Cup, could find himself more points down when the regular-season finale goes green Saturday night at Richmond. The eighth-place car of Newman and the third-place car of #42-Kyle Larson both failed postrace measurements following the Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway. NASCAR has typically penalized teams 10 to 15 points for failing the inspection station that measures tire camber, axle housing, alignment, rocker panels and the main frame rail. NASCAR won't specify where exactly they failed until they announce penalties. Penalties are typically announced Wednesday, but with this being the final week of the regular season, it could announce a penalty Tuesday to give more opportunity for any possible appeals. The Richard Childress Racing team of Newman was penalized 10 points earlier this year for illegal brackets. NASCAR could escalate the penalty from Darlington because of the previous infraction.(ESPN.com)(9-5-2016)
Newman to run Modified race at Bristol: Ryan Newman will return to the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT) at Bristol Motor Speedway (Wed. 8/17) with LFR Chassis in the #7ny Aggressive Hydraulics car. Newman has had success in his six NWMT starts at Bristol, recording two wins and three Top-5's at Bristol. Rob Fuller will crew chief for Newman, as Newman looks to add on to his exceptional list of finishes at Bristol.(LFR Chassis/Rob Fuller Motorsports)(8-17-2016)
Childress close to finalizing 2017 plans UPDATES: Car owner Richard Childress anticipates he'll know his 2017 driver lineup within three weeks. While Childress told NBC Sports on Thursday that "we've still got a couple of months before we make any real decisions," he did say that "we'll kind of know in the next two or three weeks. We'll have a direction." The main question for the three-car organization is #31-Ryan Newman's status. He's in the final year of his contract, and Childress' grandson, Ty Dillon, appears set to move to Sprint Cup next season. The team also includes #27-Paul Menard, who is 23rd in the points. Childress said Menard's is expected to return to the team as sponsor next year. The final member of the team is #3-Austin Dillon, who is 13th in points and seeking to make the playoffs for the first time.
Ty Dillon has driven eight Sprint Cup races this season. He drove three races for Tony Stewart early in the season and has run five races for Circle Sport - Leavine Family Racing. "I think he'll be in a Cup car next year," Childress said of Ty Dillon. "I'm pretty sure he'll be in a Cup car. We're working on some different programs. Hell, he may be with us, who knows? We're just working on a lot of different things. Right now it's just a lot of things are hanging. We're trying to put together what's going to be the best for everybody, not just for RCR, but for the drivers and the sponsors, we're trying to put together good programs."(NBC Sports)(7-22-2016)
UPDATE Richard Childress Racing is expected to announce its 2017 Sprint Cup Series driver lineup in the coming weeks. Ryan Newman, in his third season as driver of the #31 RCR Chevrolet, isn't quite sure if he'll be a part of it. "We haven't talked about it in-depth yet, but we have talked about it," Newman, 13th in points, said Thursday at Kalahari Resort in Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania. "Hopefully, we'll get to sit down and talk about it soon." While Newman offers consistent, above-average production week in and week out, RCR may be faced with a tough decision as Childress' grandson, Ty Dillon, appears ready for a full-time Sprint Cup Series ride with no clear path to a spot for him. Still, the team owner told NASCAR.com earlier this year at Michigan International Speedway that he's planning on having the '16 XFINITY Series title hopeful in a Sprint Cup car full-time in 2017, while the exact organization and ride has yet to be finalized. Right now, Newman doesn't appear to be getting his ducks in order just yet on the off chance he finds himself ousted from his ride in favor of the younger Dillon. "I plan on (coming back)," he said. "If they'll have me back, I'll be there."(NASCAR.com)
AND: The team is a question mark, the number is uncertain and the logistics are still behind closed doors. But one thing's for certain: If he has his way, Ty Dillon will be in a Sprint Cup Series ride next season. "I fully plan on being in the Sprint Cup Series next year full time," Dillon said Friday at Iowa Speedway. "We've got a lot of options on the table. A lot of chips still left to fall before we kind of get to that point, but hopefully we'll have something really close to getting done in a month or so." With #31 driver Ryan Newman's RCR contract up after this season, it looks to be seen whether or not Dillon will take his place as the driver of the team's third car or if organization will add a fourth car. The possibility of driving for a different team also looms. "Talks have progressed a lot further than they have in past years," Dillon said. "I had talks with other teams in the past couple years and had opportunities, but it's always been my dream to drive for RCR and be teammates with my brother. "But now it seems like the time's more and more important. We've got some things going with RCR but we're still slowly working on other options."(NASCAR.com)(7-30-2016)
Newman's 2017 plans still undecided: One thing pressing for #31-Ryan Newman is what his 2017 plans are. His contract is up at the end of the season and Richard Childress Racing has not announced whether he or someone else will drive the #31 Chevy. "I don't have any plans as of right now. I'd sure like to be back and build my relationship with Caterpillar, and Grainger, and WIX Filters. We've got Florida Lottery on the car [this weekend]. We've done races with Whelen and Kalahari and different people, sponsors," said Newman. Though he nearly scored RCR its first championship since 1994, Newman and all of RCR are winless since Kevin Harvick left after the 2013 season. Childress' grandson, Ty Dillon, is in his third Xfinity Series season and is eagerly waiting in the wings to join his brother Austin in an RCR Cup car, but sponsorship has kept him back. Caterpillar has been with RCR since 2009 and likely will dictate who drives the #31 next. "We've two-and-a-half pretty good years together. I don't want to look anywhere. I don't want to be forced to look anywhere," Newman stated.(WSB Radio Race Blog)(7-6-2016)
Florida Lottery debuts on the #31 at Daytona: Richard Childress Racing welcomes Florida Lottery on board the #31 Chevy of Ryan Newman as the primary partner for Saturday's Coke Zero 400 race at Daytona International Speedway. Over the past 28 years, the Florida Lottery's mission is to maximize revenues for the enhancement of public education in Florida. Since its inception, contributions to education are more than $29 billion. Funds have helped with the construction and renovation of 800 statewide school projects and over 725,000 students have attended college thanks to Bright Future scholarships. The Florida Lottery offers seven Terminal games and approximately 67 Scratch-Off games at any given time at more than 13,000 retailers statewide. Its games have made more than 1,800 people millionaires and equated to more than $48.5 billion in prize payouts since the first ticket was sold. The Florida Lottery ranks second in sales among all U.S. Lotteries (RCR), see images of the scheme on the #31 Team Schemes page (6-30-2016)
Kalahari Resorts & Conventions partners with #31 RCR team at Pocono: Richard Childress Racing announced a partnership with Kalahari Resorts and Conventions that will have the World's Coolest Indoor Waterparks serve as the primary sponsor on Ryan Newman's #31 Chevy at Pocono Raceway on June 5, 2016. The partnership will highlight the recently-opened African-themed 100,000 sq. ft. indoor waterpark in the Pocono Mountains that features a retractable roof, stand up surfing or body boarding on the FlowRider, the Anaconda and Swahili Swirl waterslides, a relaxing lazy river, indoor/outdoor family hot tubs and much more for adults and children alike.
"We could not be more excited to partner with Richard Childress Racing to sponsor Ryan Newman's #31 Chevrolet to bring the spirit of Africa to the Pocono Raceway," said Todd Nelson, owner, Kalahari Resorts and Conventions, "the Pocono Mountains have been incredibly welcoming and we continue to find new ways to partner with and support the area." Kalahari Resorts and Conventions provides a world-away experience that has something for everyone all under-one-roof. The Poconos location features 457 rooms and suites, three full-service dining restaurants, a 30,000 sq. ft. Family Entertainment Center, as well as the Spa Kalahari and Salon for relaxation and rejuvenation. The 100,000 sq. ft. Convention Center allows for both meeting spaces, as well as events large and small, with award-winning catering and state-of-the-art technology available to guests.
"We are pleased to partner with Kalahari Resorts & Conventions for the Pocono race weekend and to play an integral part in helping to promote Pennsylvania's largest indoor waterpark," said Torrey Galida, president of Richard Childress Racing. "The resort brings a mix of family fun and provides a top-of-the-line facility for business meetings and events." Kalahari Resort & Conventions are full service vacation destinations with three locations in Sandusky, Ohio, Wisconsin Dells, Wisc., and Pocono Mountains, Pa.(RCR), see an image of the car on the #31 Team Schemes page.(5-31-2016)
NASCAR teams join forces with Hope For The Warriors: Several NASCAR teams and drivers will join Hope For the Warriors this Memorial Day weekend to honor several fallen service members during the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte. With the NASCAR Salutes initiative driving a patriotic theme for the weekend, Hope For The Warriors has capitalized on its relationships within the NASCAR garage to let several Gold Star families know that their loved ones are still remembered this Memorial Day weekend. The initiative incorporates drivers from Richard Childress Racing, BK Racing and Front Row Motorsports, who have partnered with Hope For The Warriors, to not only honor the fallen service members, but also to host the Gold Star families at Sunday's Coca-Cola 600. The Gold Star families will gather for a private dinner on Saturday night before heading to Charlotte Motor Speedway on Sunday morning. On race day, Newman, Buescher, DiBenedetto and David Ragan have each agreed to do private meet and greets with the group. The families will have an opportunity to attend the drivers meeting and pose for photos with the drivers and cars while lined up on the grid during prerace. On a near weekly basis, Hope For The Warriors brings service members to the track through their Drive For Hope program, which focuses on engaging transitioning service members in a unique social setting while giving them an opportunity to learn about prospective careers, make networking connections and realize different ways their skills can transition as they reintegrate into the civilian sector.(PR)(5-27-2016)
Whelen to Partner with RCR's #31 at Charlotte: Richard Childress Racing announced that Whelen Engineering Co., the "Official Warning Lights of NASCAR", will serve as the primary sponsor on Ryan Newman's #31 Chevy for Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. "Whelen Engineering, the Official Warning Lights of NASCAR, is pleased to be the primary sponsor of the Whelen #31 Chevrolet for the Coca-Cola 600," said Phil Kurze, vice president of motorsports. "Ryan (Newman) is a familiar name to us since he has been in Victory Lane a number of times in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour events at New Hampshire Motor Speedway and Bristol Motor Speedway. It is fitting to have a graduate engineer driving a race car sponsored by an engineering company. The familiar red and white Sam Bass paint scheme will be displayed on the car and we look forward to the excitement of the longest race on the Sprint Cup schedule." The red and white colors of the #31 Whelen Chevy will hit the track for the annual Memorial Day weekend event, in which Newman has three top-five and six top-10 finishes, in addition to five pole awards.
"Whelen's commitment to motorsports is comprehensive, and we are proud to partner with them for the Coca-Cola 600," said Torrey Galida, president of Richard Childress Racing. "Their dedication to innovation and safety is in line with the philosophy here at RCR, and we look forward to seeing the #31 Whelen Chevrolet on the track this Memorial Day weekend."
A company that now employs over 1,400 workers, Whelen began in 1952 when George W. Whelen invented the first rotating aircraft "anti-collision" beacon in his garage in Deep River, Connecticut. Over the years, Whelen grew out of the garage and into the mainstream, working with police, public works, and fire departments across the country. Today, Whelen has two manufacturing facilities totaling over 1,000,000 square feet, employs the largest staff of design engineers in the industry, and has partnered with OEMs on new vehicle design and product integration.
While this is RCR's first partnership with Whelen in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Whelen has an extensive history and presence in motorsports. As the "Official Warning Lights of NASCAR", Whelen provides all of the caution lights, pit road entrance, and pit road exit lights, "hot pit/garage area" warning lights, as well as all of the warning lights used on pace cars and safety vehicles across all three NASCAR national touring series. Whelen also serves as the title sponsor of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour, the NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour, and the NASCAR Whelen Euro-Series. This commitment to motorsports extends beyond NASCAR as well. Whelen is the primary sponsor on the Action Express #31 DP Corvette in the IMSA Weather Tech Championship Series.(RCR)(5-23-2016)
Richard Childress Racing announces promotion, new staff: Richard Childress Racing has promoted Jeremy Burleson to the newly created position of Vice President, Partnership Marketing and Communications and has added Carl Anderson and Jay Pennell to the team. Burleson, a Locust, N.C., native joined RCR in 2008 as partnership marketing manager. Since that time, his role has grown to include overseeing a staff of 12 marketing and communications professionals as the Managing Director of Marketing/Communications. In addition to Burleson's enhanced role, RCR has enriched the front office staff with the addition of Carl Anderson to the Business Development team and Jay Pennell to the Communications team.
Anderson joins RCR with an impressive academic background and sales experience. He previously served as a Corporate Sponsorship Account Executive at IMG College in Huntington, W.Va and also has group sales experience with the Tampa Bay Rays baseball team.
Pennell joins RCR with significant experience and knowledge in the digital media and content arenas, which he will be utilizing to help produce and generate original content for RCR's digital space. His responsibilities also include management of the #33 XFINITY Series program with Brandon Jones. Pennell has been a writer for SB Nation, spent the past several years as the digital writer/editor for FOX Sports, and most recently was a freelance writer for NASCAR.com.(RCR)(5-17-2016)
Newman uncertain of future with Richard Childress Racing UPDATE: Ryan Newman and car owner Richard Childress both offered little on Newman's future with Richard Childress Racing on Wednesday. Newman signed a three-year contact to drive for the team beginning with the 2014 season. This is Newman's third year with the organization. No extension on Newman's contract has been announced. With RCR at three cars and Ty Dillon, Childress' grandson, on the path to move to Cup, the question is what RCR's driver lineup will be next year if it doesn't find sponsorship to expand to four cars. "I'll keep doing this as long as somebody wants me to do it and it's fun doing it," Newman said of his future. Asked about next year's driver lineup, Childress said: "We're not looking at anything right now. We've got to focus and focus hard on trying to go out and win races. That's our No. 1 focus right now." Although Newman has yet to win at RCR, he finished second in the points in 2014 and was 11th last year. He enters this weekend's race at Dover International Speedway 17th in the points. Will winning change if he is back at RCR? "I have no idea," Newman said.(NBC Sports)(5-12-2016)
UPDATE: Certainly, RCR's future inexorably linked to Chidress' grandsons - Austin and Ty Dillon. #3-Austin is currently leading the charge in the Sprint Cup Series. The 26-year-old racer won titles in both the truck and Xfinity Series prior to graduating to Cup, where he is currently eight in the standings. Veterans #31-Ryan Newman (17th) and #27-Paul Menard (24th) have flirted with the Chase zone throughout the first 11 races but both have been plagued with bad luck along the way. Newman, 38, is in the final season of a three-year contract. Galida confirmed Newman's acknowledgement that his sponsor Caterpillar is "a long-term contract." Menard, who turns 36 in August and controls his own sponsorship, structures his deal on a year-to-year basis. Galida told motorsport.com that RCR has "a timeline that we're working towards," when it comes to finalizing driver lineups for 2017. "We'll start moving on that fairly quickly," Galida said. "I just can't discuss the details. Our goal is to put Ty in a fourth car. That's what we're working on. We have a good relationship with all of our car partners."(Motorsport)(5-13-2016)
RCR honoring Ricky Rudd with Darlington throwback schemes: In celebration of Darlington Raceway's "The Tradition Continues" throwback race weekend, Richard Childress Racing unveiled paint schemes today for its #3 and 31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams, to be raced in the Bojangles' Southern 500 on Sunday, September 4. Both paint schemes will pay tribute to RCR's first win as an organization, which came on June 5, 1983 at Riverside International Raceway. The cars will feature designs and stylized numbers resembling the #3 Piedmont Airlines Chevrolet that Ricky Rudd drove to Victory Lane at the now-defunct race track.
The #3 Chevrolet SS, driven by Austin Dillon, will feature the same red, white and blue color scheme of Rudd's historic race car. American Ethanol will serve as primary sponsor.
The #31 Chevrolet SS, driven by Ryan Newman, will feature throwback logos from primary sponsor Caterpillar and a similar stylized number to Rudd's victorious race car.
Other RCR special paint schemes for the Darlington Raceway throwback weekend including the #27 Menards Chevrolet SS, will be unveiled at later dates. Rudd, who retired from racing in 2007, scored not only RCR's first victory that afternoon at the 2.62-mile road course, but also his first-career win. He held off the likes of Bill Elliott, Harry Gant, Kyle Petty, Darrell Waltrip and future RCR driver, Dale Earnhardt.(Richard Childress Racing), see images of the cars on the #3 team paint schemes and #31 team paints schemes pages.(5-11-2016
Changes to #3 & #31 pit crews: In the never ending search for team chemistry and performance, RCR has made changes to their #3 and #31 pit crews moving forward. The #31 will have a new front changer in the form of Chase Masterson. Masterson was pulled up from the #62 Xfinity team this week to replace longtime change Tim Sheets. Sheets is now changing on the fronts of the #13 Germain Racing Team. The #3 team also made changes this week. Rear carrier Justin Voss was moved up from the #62 Xfinity team while rear carrier Josh Shiplett was moved from the rear to the front.(Pit Talks)(5-3-2016)
WIX Filters Extends Partnership with Richard Childress Racing: In advance of this weekend's race at Bristol Motor Speedway, WIX Filters, a global manufacturer of filtration products, announced the continuation of its partnership with Richard Childress Racing (RCR). Entering its third season, the partnership includes primary branding of select events with the #31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program and driver Ryan Newman. WIX also served as primary sponsor of the #62 XFINITY Series program and driver Brendan Gaughan last weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. Under the partnership, WIX continues its technical support of both RCR and ECR Engines by supplying air and oil filters and providing research and development support. All RCR race cars will also feature the WIX logo under the hood. Newman's turn in the WIX Filters Chevrolet begins this weekend for the running of the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee on April 17 (RCR), see images of the scheme on the #31 Team Schemes page, Newman is scheduled to run WIX colors at Sonoma in June and Dover in October.(4-15-2016)
RCR cars have parts impounded: Richard Childress Racing's three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars had trouble in pre-race inspection Sunday. After multiple trips through the line, NASCAR pulled the #3 of Austin Dillon, #27 of Paul Menard and #31 of Ryan Newman out of inspection and confiscated the braces in the right rear corners of their respective vehicles. According to NASCAR, the parts in question were optional braces (brackets) in the rear-wheel area of the cars. NASCAR officials had them removed and will take the parts back to the R&D Center in Concord, North Carolina. No penalties ... are expected ... according to NASCAR.(NASCAR.com)(2-29-2016)
Former RCR Team Pilot Killed in Crash: A pilot died Thursday night after his plane crashed in a wooded area in Union County, authorities said. Officials identified the pilot as Jim Cook, 68, of Lexington, NC. Cook reported engine problems before the plane went down. Investigators said he was the only person on board. Cook was a long time pilot for Richard Childress Racing. He retired from the race team and was working part-time for various corporate customers.(WSCO)(2-19-2016)
Motorsports Hall of Fame of America 28th class of inductees: The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America (MSHFA) announced its 28th class of inductees at Daytona International Speedway, continuing a long-standing tradition of honoring legendary figures from a wide variety of racing disciplines.
The seven-person class of 2016 inductees: Everett Brashear, Richard Childress, Gary Gabelich, Chip Ganassi, Dave McClelland, Sam Posey and Bob Sweikert. Collectively, the illustrious group represents motorcycles, stock cars, sports cars, land speed records, drag boat records, drag racing and open-wheel racing. They will be enshrined at the 28th Annual Induction Ceremony presented by Bridgestone on the evening of June 29 at Daytona International Speedway, the new home of the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America. Friday's announcement was made in the Daytona International Speedway media center as part of the Rolex 24 At Daytona weekend, with domestic and international media in attendance. The MSHFA has previously inducted 223 motorsports luminaries; inductees are selected by a 200-person voting panel that includes past racing greats Mario Andretti, Craig Breedlove, Don Emde, Don Garlits and Richard Petty. Tickets for the 2016 Induction Ceremony can be purchased by calling 248.349.7223 or through the MSHFA website at www.mshf.com.(MSHFA)(1-30-2016)
Nexteer Automotive joins RCR: Nexteer Automotive joins Richard Childress Racing's family of companies in 2016 with a partnership that positions the global leader in intuitive motion control with the 47-year-old NASCAR organization in both the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and the NASCAR XFINITY Series. Nexteer Automotive will serve as a primary partner on the #33 Chevy driven by Rookie of the Year contender Brandon Jones in the XFINITY Series for select races in 2016. Nexteer will serve as a major associate partner on the #33 Chevrolet for the remainder of the races. Nexteer will also have a presence in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series as a major associate partner for select races with #95-Ty Dillon.(RCR)(1-22-2016)
Quicken Loans to Join Hendrick Motorsports, Kasey Kahne in 2016 Detroit-based Quicken Loans, the nation's second largest retail mortgage lender, announced it will partner with Hendrick Motorsports in 2016, serving as a three-race primary sponsor of the #5 Quicken Loans Chevrolet SS driven by Kasey Kahne in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. The company will be an associate sponsor for all remaining races. One of Quicken Loans' primary sponsorship races will include a joint promotion with Hendrick Automotive Group, the largest privately held operator of auto dealerships in the United States. Since joining Hendrick Motorsports in 2012, Kahne, 35, has seen significant success - earning three berths in NASCAR's Chase for the Sprint Cup. The Enumclaw, Washington, native boasts 17 career wins and 156 top-10 finishes in NASCAR's top division. Quicken Loans' move to Hendrick Motorsports comes after serving as a primary sponsor of the #31 Chevrolet and driver Ryan Newman for two seasons at Richard Childress Racing, as well as the two years prior at Stewart-Haas Racing. Quicken Loans ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction for Primary Mortgage Origination" in the United States by J.D. Power for the past six consecutive years (2010 - 2015) and highest in customer satisfaction among all mortgage servicers in 2014 and 2015.(Hendrick Motorsports)(12-1-2015)
New pit crew coach at RCR: Eric Wilson has stepped down as head coach of Richard Childress Racing's pit crews effective immediately. Wilson took over the coaching job 3 years ago when Matt Clark was released. Wilson's plans are unclear to us at this time but what is clear is that Ray Wright will be taking over. Wright has been the strength and conditioning coach for the last 7 years and will now transition to the coaching role. Ray was also the rear tire carrier for the #27 of Paul Menard. Taking his place over the wall will be Adam Mestenmacher. As far as the strength condition role goes, we are hearing that Tyler Radar will be taking over the void for the foreseeable future. Rader also fuels the #30 Cup car on Sundays.(PitTalks)(11-16-2015)
RCR names Gil Martin Competition Director for XFINITY teams: Richard Childress Racing has assigned industry veteran and longtime RCR crew chief Gil Martin as its Competition Director for the NASCAR XFINITY Series, effective immediately. "Gil has been in this role before with RCR and we are confident he will do as solid a job as he did before," said Dr. Eric Warren, Director of Competition for RCR. "Gil has a tradition of success with this team and his leadership role with our XFINITY Series program will make our four teams even stronger." Martin, formerly crew chief of the #3 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team and Director of Research & Development, has been with RCR since 2000. He is among a select group of crew chiefs that have won races in NASCAR's Sprint Cup, XFINITY and Camping World Truck Series. Martin guided the #2 XFINITY Series team with driver Clint Bowyer to the 2005 XFINITY Series driver championship.(Richard Childress Racing)(10-21-2015)
Newman to make 500th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start: #31-Ryan Newman will make his 500th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start when the Series returns to Bristol's bullring. In 27 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series events at Bristol Motor Speedway, Newman owns three pole awards including the spring races in 2003 and 2004 as well as the fall event in 2011. He has earned two top-fives and 15 top-10 finishes. His best result of second place came on August 28, 2004. Newman has an average start of 10.6 and average finish of 16.4. He's led a total of 112 laps in competition.
Newman comments: "I honestly had no idea until someone informed me of it this week. 500 is definitely a career milestone but for me, the biggest career start was my very first one. You got to have people who believe in you enough to just give you a chance and for that I am truly grateful."
RCR enters into a two-race partnership with DraftKings beginning this weekend at Bristol. The "Official Daily Fantasy Sports Partner" of NASCAR will be featured on Newman's #31 Chevy at Bristol and again at Martinsville on November 1.(RCR)
For his career, Newman boasts 17 wins, 102 top fives, 211 top 10s and a high championship finish of second (2014). His first win came from the Coors Light Pole at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sept. 15, 2002. Newman has never visited Victory Lane at Bristol.(NASCAR)(8-21-2015)
RCR adding to engineering department: When Martin Truex Jr. won at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, he didn't get to Victory Lane alone. Certainly, there was the unwavering investment of time and effort of his Furniture Row Racing team. But the engine and the chassis underneath Truex came from a technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing. JTG Daugherty Racing, Germain Racing and Circle Sport Racing also enjoys similar relationship the Welcome, N.C.-based race shop which has increased technological investment considerably over last year. RCR's Competition Director Dr. Eric Warren wasn't kidding when he referred to RCR's engineering department as the United Nations. In 2015, RCR has bolstered its resources with talent from all over the globe but primarily Formula One.
In January, Amro Karim, Miguel Botella, Travis Slagle, Richard Youden and Ben Siegle were added to RCR's engineering department. Karim most recently was a Vehicle Performance Engineer with Marussia F1 but also worked as a F1 Project Engineer for Wirth Research. Bottella was a Software Engineer at both Caterham F1 and HRT F1 Team. Younden was as an Electronics & Control Systems Engineer at Williams F1. Previously, he worked as an Applications Engineer at Racelogic, an Electronics Design Engineer at Hasford Sensors and a Systems Engineer at Honda Racing F1 and Stack Ltd. Slagle advanced from a Systems Engineer at Moog to Systems Development Lead prior to joining RCR. On June 1, Javier Marcos Padros, a performance engineer from Williams F1 and DIL Simulator Engineer Lawrence Hodge, who also worked as a Trackside Aerodynamicist with Scuderia Ferrari F1 and McLaren Racing, joined the fold.(Motorsport)(6-12-2015)
Robin Johnson named VP of Business Development for RCR: Richard Childress Racing has named Robin Johnson as its new Vice President of Business Development to oversee sponsorship sales and partnership expansion, effective immediately. Johnson brings more than 20 years of combined legal and business development leadership to the multi-championship NASCAR team. He most recently served as the General Counsel for the S.C. State Treasurer's Office. Prior to that position, the South Carolina native served in similar business development roles at Front Row Motorsports and Roush Fenway Racing, where he helped build what was arguably one of the most respected sponsorship bases in professional sports during his tenure. Johnson is an honor graduate of The Citadel (class of 1986) earning his B.S. degree in business administration. He is also an honor graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law and is licensed in South Carolina and New York. Robin is married to Emily Linder Johnson of Bennettsville, SC, and they have three children - Erin, Lachlan and Jake.(RCR)(5-27-2015)
RCR Partner Chartwell Seeks Equity Sale: Richard Childress Racing Enterprises, a premier sports enterprise focused primarily on NASCAR race teams, has advised its employees, drivers and key sponsors that RCR's minority partner, Chartwell Investments and RCR have hired Houlihan Lokey to assist in exploring strategic alternatives for the sale of its equity position in the company. Houlihan Lokey is serving as financial advisor to RCR. Questions regarding the process should be directed to Lee Ann Gliha (RCR).(2-26-2015)
Grainger Joins RCR in a Multi-Year Partnership: Richard Childress Racing and Grainger announced a multi-year partnership that brings a leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) products to NASCAR. Grainger will serve as the primary sponsor of the #31 Chevy driven by Ryan Newman for select NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races beginning with the June 7 event at Pocono. Grainger also will be featured as an associate sponsor on the #31 for all Cup Series events in which it is not the primary sponsor. Newman earned a second-place finish in the 2014 championship standings, which came down to the final lap of the season.
This sponsorship is consistent with Grainger's national marketing approach to make meaningful connections with its customers. In recent years, Grainger has sponsored a summer concert tour and launched a new national advertising campaign. The increasing popularity of NASCAR among its customers and the chance to partner with RCR made this sponsorship appealing to Grainger.
"Both Grainger and RCR share a similar commitment to customers, team members and community, which makes this the ideal partnership," said Deb Oler, Vice President and General Manager with Grainger. "Our customers are hard-working men and women who represent the backbone of the U.S. economy. They are passionate about NASCAR, and we are passionate about them, so we are thrilled to sponsor and cheer on Ryan and the #31. This is a wonderful opportunity for Grainger to celebrate our customers in a personal, unique and exciting way."
Grainger initially launched its on-track association with RCR in late 2014 at Texas Motor Speedway as an associate sponsor on the #31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Chevrolet SS for the final three Cup events, and also served as the primary sponsor of Austin Dillon's#33 NASCAR XFINITY Series entry at the Texas race.
"Grainger's slogan, 'For the ones who get it done,' holds true for what this partnership and RCR stand for," said Richard Childress, CEO and Chairman of Richard Childress Racing. "We're proud to have this association with Grainger and look forward to interacting with their customers and employees. We plan to use our Sprint Cup program and RCR campus to showcase the innovative solutions that Grainger provides to its customers." Grainger will engage customers in its partnership with NASCAR, RCR and the #31 team through several marketing platforms including national racing-themed radio spots, social media and traditional marketing mediums.(RCR)(1-29-2015)
WIX Filters Continues Partnership with Richard Childress Racing: WIX Filters, a global manufacturer of filtration products, announced the extension of its partnership with Richard Childress Racing (RCR). The partnership includes primary branding of select events with the #31 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series program with driver Ryan Newman. WIX Filters will also be featured as primary sponsor for one race with the #62 XFINITY Series program and driver Brendan Gaughan for 2015. As part of the partnership, WIX Filters continues its technical support of both RCR and ECR Engines by supplying air and oil filters and providing research and development support. All RCR race cars will feature the WIX Filters logo under the hood.
"After last year's record-breaking season, we're thrilled to be partnering with Richard Childress Racing and Ryan Newman again," said Jennifer Gibson, brand manager for WIX Filters. "Newman Nation brings such great passion and excitement to the racing season, and they've only further elevated the WIX brand. We can't wait to see how the partnership grows in 2015." Newman will compete in the #31 WIX Filters Chevrolet starting at Bristol in April.
"For 75 years, WIX Filters has been the industry leader at providing customers with premium quality automotive filters designed to exceed performance demands," said Richard Childress, CEO and chairman of Richard Childress Racing. "We value those standards along with WIX's ongoing growth and innovations. Our technical alliance is leading to advances within both of our organizations, and we'll continue to work alongside WIX's engineers to apply our research to their everyday performance demands. RCR is proud to continue our association with the#1 filter in motorsports and we look forward to accomplishing even more in 2015."
Last season, WIX's collaboration with RCR produced a championship-contenting effort with just one-point separating Newman from hoisting the Sprint Cup trophy. Adding to the accomplishment for RCR, Gaughan visited victory lane two times in the XFINITY Series. "WIX Filters has been a valued partner of mine during the last five seasons," said Newman, who capped off his first year at RCR by turning in his best-career finish in the championship standings. "I appreciate everything WIX stands for, including reliability and innovation. Their more than 3,500 employees are incredibly passionate and dedicated about what they do for a living which is why WIX is a perfect fit with all of us at RCR." WIX will showcase the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series across its social media pages, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram. For more information on WIX, please visit www.wixfilters.com.(RCR)(1-29-2015)
Caterpillar renews sponsorship of Newman: Richard Childress Racing and Caterpillar Inc. announced the renewal of their overall partnership and sponsorship of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series #31 Chevy team. The partnership between RCR and Caterpillar began in 2009 and has become a model for the activation with Caterpillar's dealers and customers throughout the NASCAR schedule. For the 2014 season, Newman took over driving duties of the Caterpillar Chevy SS. The world's leading manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines and diesel-electric locomotives began as a sponsor in NASCAR in 1993. Caterpillar was a team sponsor in the NASCAR Nationwide Series from 1995 to 1996 before moving to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 1997. Its relationship with RCR began in 2009, where it remains as one of the most prominent brands competing in the elite division.(RCR)(6-26-2014)
RCR and ECR Engines Form Partnership with Lucas Oil Products: Richard Childress Racing has entered into a long-term partnership with Lucas Oil Products, effective immediately. This marks a return to the NASCAR track and garage for the Indianapolis-based lubricants company. "Richard and I have a lot in common, as we both like long-term relationships and neither of us want to settle for anything but the best," said Forrest Lucas, founder and CEO of Lucas Oil. "Knowing that Richard wanted a long-term oil partner and consistent high-performance with research and development support for his engine program, I wanted to commit our resources in R&D and production. He committed his personnel to help with the development and we think we'll have the premier oil performance in the sport. Richard has a great staff from top to bottom and that's what we need. We look forward to being back in NASCAR and using this partnership to tell the 'Lucas story' and what our products stand for. We've already developed a strong relationship with RCR and ECR."
RCR and ECR Engines will benefit from having a lubricants partner with strong roots in racing and one that understands the high-powered competition platform. In turn, the technology can transfer over to short-track racers and everyday consumers. "We're very proud to be associated with a company like Lucas Oil and represent their market-leading products," said Richard Childress, president and CEO of RCR. "Forrest and his group have been great to work with and have developed some incredible products for us to compete, win races and contend for championships in NASCAR. All levels of racing have benefited from the work and commitment Forrest has made to the racing community. We are looking forward to winning races with Lucas Oil inside our cars and promoting the Lucas brand on the outside of the cars."
Lucas Oil becomes the official motor oil of ECR Engines and a technical partner to both RCR and ECR Engines. Their oil will run in RCR's #3 and #31 entrants in the Sprint Cup Series and in all of RCR's Nationwide Series entrants this year. "We have been testing their products diligently for quite some time now with strong results," said Richie Gilmore, COO of ECR Engines. "Everyone at Lucas Oil has gone above and beyond to make sure this partnership was going to work on both ends. They have durable, reliable products and we have had nothing but great results with everything we've tested."(RCR)(1-28-2014)
Happy Hour Practice:
Saturday, October 29, 2016, 12:00pm/et
TV: NBCSN 12:00pm/et
Born in OCTOBER
24 Dave Blaney, Jim France, Brian Vickers, Tracy Leslie, Jeff Price, Bill O'Dea, Andrew Turner, Patrick Lawler
25 Mike Hofmann, House, Ward Burton, Jon Wood, Ryan Preece, Taylor Lane Stricklin, Maggie Martin, Eric Maycroft
26 Jimmy Pardue
27 Anne B. France, Robin Miller, Dick Trickle, Tommy Baldwin Jr., Butch Hylton, Richard Brickhouse, Michael Lance
28 Joe Ruttman, Deborah Renshaw, Krissie Newman
29 Teresa Earnhardt, Chris Buescher, Billy Woodruff, Steadman Marlin, Joseph "Papa Joe" Hendrick, Bob Dotter, Coleman Dollarhide, Roseanne Adamczyk, Nicole Belber, Sandy Adamczyk
30 Linda Rudd, Al Pearce, Tony Bettenhausen Jr.
31 Rodger Brane, Mike Casto, Kip Childress
Born in NOVEMBER:
1 Jay Adamczyk, Joshua Marco, Doug Ingerson, Eric Vance, Larry Flynt
2 Larry Pearson
3 Derrike Cope, Tony Gibson, Bryan Mullett, Steve O'Donnell, Greg Sacks
4 Jason Bowles, Charley Pressley, Destinee Zastrow, Boone Stutz
5 Elton Sawyer Jr., Doug George
6 Bryan Reffner, Clay Rogers. Rodney Orr
7 Judy Allison, Matthew Bodine, Gilbert "Pops" Gentle, Andy Houston, Dick May, Cody Ware
8 Jason Burdett, Ed Berrier, Jim Inglebright, Teri MacDonald, John Bisci, Donny Lia, Ingrid Vandebosch, Joey Elliott
9 Rick Carelli, Nancy Sterling, Bill Kimm, John Holman, Ed Otto
10 U.S. Marines , Britt Goodrich
11 Mike Hembree, Barry Bodine, Chris Horn, Rob Morgan, Loni Richardson
12 Ryan Buscaglio, Tom Ehret, Wally Dallenbach Sr., Larry Hedrick, Gene Haas
13 Drew Blickensderfer, Karen Friddell, Katie Wallace, Tim Kuhn, Jeff Hallowell
15 Gene Haas, H.B. Bailey, Steve Lane, Sean Cotten