Ryan Newman Dismisses Talk of Retirement and Aims for “Lifelong Dream” of NASCAR Cup Title

Published 02/02/2021, 7:00 AM EST
DARLINGTON, SOUTH CAROLINA – AUGUST 31: Ryan Newman, driver of the #6 Oscar Mayer/Velveeta Ford, stands on the grid during qualifying for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Bojangles’ Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)


At the age of 43, there will be a number of questions about Ryan Newman. They will specifically revolve around when he will hang up his boots.

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However, the veteran insists that there is still plenty of life left in him. The Roush Fenway Racing driver recently declared that he will not quit. Instead, he will continue to gun for the Cup Series title.

“The reality is any driver that goes out on their own terms has quit, right?” Newman said. “That’s the only way it works. So I’m not quitter. I haven’t achieved my goal, so the only way I would go out on somebody else’s terms is if they quit me. That’s not good teamwork.”

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Ryan Newman is highly motivated

The driver is aware that he needs to work well with his team in order to compete for wins. Naturally, this extends towards challenging for the Cup Series title. Ryan Newman insisted that the Roush Fenway Racing team is the right place for him, and they can help him.

As long as I’m capable, in other words, able to do the things I need to on and off the racetrack to be successful, then I’ll continue to do so with the hopes of living out my lifelong dream to be a Cup champion,” Newman added.

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KANSAS CITY, KS – OCTOBER 20: Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Caterpillar Chevrolet, stands by his car during practice for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

While he is still in action, Newman will do everything in his power to be successful. Hopefully, he can finally achieve his lifelong dream of being a Cup champion.

For now, he has to prepare for the 2021 NASCAR Cup Series season. Setting the ball rolling is the Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway.

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Suffice to say, Ryan Newman has unfinished business at the track. Last year, he was in a prime position to win the race, but a last-lap crash dashed his hopes. That accident landed him in hospital for some time, but he has since recovered, and he competed in the rest of the season.

Speaking of championship challenges, he came close to the title in the 2014 season. However, he lost out to Kevin Harvick in that season and ended the year in 2nd place.

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Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.

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