Ryan Newman opens up about move to Roush Fenway: ‘I wasn’t in victory lane’ with RCR

first_imgRoush Fenway Racing is the winningest team in NASCAR history, but Newman said it’s a chance for opportunity, not pressure, to allow him to flourish this season.”Obviously it’s good to be in line with an organization that’s got a lot of success stories, but at the same time there’s no guarantee on future success,” Newman told Omnisport. “As a team and an organization we have to keep our nose on the grindstone and stay focused do the things we need to be better than everyone else. That’s the only way we are going to get to victory lane.”Views 🙌🏻@oscarmayer | @CocaColaRacing pic.twitter.com/9znpCXHfax— No. 6 Team (@Roush6Team) February 13, 2019According to Newman, working with Roush Fenway doesn’t equal automatic wins. He said he had a “good thing” with his previous team, Richard Childress Racing, but he won just one race (with 13 top-5 finishes) during his five years with RCR.”The results are what you want to see because that was the reason for making the change (of teams),” Newman said of making the move. “I had a good thing going, I guess you could say, but that good thing wasn’t good enough and I wasn’t in victory lane.”Ultimately now, it’s about learning a whole new group of people and creating a new chemistry and being better than everybody else out there to get to victory lane. If you’re not, it takes a little racing luck. Someone could have a misfortune, or you could be in the right place at the right time when the caution comes out, you never know. We just stay focused on what we need to do and go out and do our thing and grow together.”NEWS | @oscarmayer gives @RyanJNewman a (Deli) Fresh wrap for #Daytona500>> https://t.co/7AVSZp3EYp pic.twitter.com/7kycl91CTJ— No. 6 Team (@Roush6Team) February 12, 2019Like the rest of the racing world, Newman said he’s looking forward to Sunday’s Daytona 500, in which he will make his debut in the No. 6 Ford Mustang. For him, representing Oscar Mayer isn’t just nostalgic, but it showcases a part of the NASCAR fan experience, too.“Obviously the Oscar Mayer brand is very easily identifiable. Everyone, at least my age, knew the Oscar Mayer song growing up,” said Newman, 41. “At the same time, it ties very much so to the fans. Everybody likes to spend a lot of time tailgating and enjoying the outdoors, especially in the summer months, cooking hot dogs and tailgating, stuff like that. ‘Deli Fresh’ is what’s on the car this weekend, but we will have different brands of Oscar Mayer throughout the season, as well.” But don’t expect Newman to be thinking about hot dogs as much as other Oscar Mayer meats. There is one product he said will always be No. 1.“That’s a no-brainer. It’s bacon,” Newman said. “I’m a thick-cut bacon guy. And floppy, you can’t overcook it. I don’t mind when it’s crispy but I’d rather have it floppy.”The Daytona 500 — and, with it, the 2019 NASCAR Cup Series season — begins at 2:30 p.m. ET Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. While Ryan Newman is veteran presence on the NASCAR circuit, he will be starting his 19th season with a new Cup Series team.Newman joined forces with Roush Fenway Racing before the start of the 2019 season, in which he and the team will work with Oscar Mayer as a primary sponsor for the year.last_img

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