Possible Future for Ryan Newman if Brad Keselowski Joins Roush Fenway Racing

Published 05/22/2021, 12:03 PM EDT
Feb 21, 2021; Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver Ryan Newman (6) during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


Recently, it transpired that Brad Keselowski looked set for a move to Roush Fenway Racing. Reports suggested that he could take over the #6 seat of Ryan Newman in 2022. This could mean that Keselowski will partner Chris Buescher in the following season.

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In light of this news, Buescher spoke about Newman and Keselowski. It is also interesting to note that there is another option, where the team could field three cars. Buescher told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio, “It [Roush Fenway] a place where I have a lot of friends. I made a lot of great relationships with a lot of partners.”

If the idea of a three-car team takes off, Ryan Newman could be back in the outfit. In other words, Roush Fenway could field Keselowski, Newman, and Buescher, which would make for a formidable lineup. There was also a large question mark about Matt DiBenedetto, who will lose his Wood Brothers Racing seat in 2022.

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Ryan Newman and the others are taking things one step at a time

For now, the veteran Cup Series driver is focusing on the inaugural race at the Circuit of the Americas. Although Newman is a veteran, this circuit is brand new for him and every other driver.

Naturally, the big challenge will be to learn the ins and outs of the track as much as possible. On the bright side, there is a qualifying session, so drivers are not thrown straight into a race completely blind.

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CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – SEPTEMBER 27: Ryan Newman, driver of the #6 Performance Plus Ford, during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bank of America ROVAL 400 at Charlotte Motor Speedway on September 27, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Truthfully speaking, just running a race right off the bat on an unknown track could be disastrous. At a circuit like COTA, with a number of Esses, long straights, and tight hairpins, qualifying will be hugely important.

Not only will it decide the grid, but it will also allow the drivers to find out as much about the track as possible.

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