Focus on Alums: Ryan Newman
Ryan Newman, now nicknamed “Rocket Man”, was born in South Bend in 1977. Ryan began driving at the age of four and competed in his first race at the age of four-and-a-half where he drove his first quarter midget race. By the age of 17 Ryan was champion midget racer and has since been inducted into the Quarter Midget Hall of Fame. He graduated with honors from La-Salle High School in 1996 and went on to study engineering at Purdue University, but continued to race. Ryan graduated from Purdue in 2001 with a degree in vehicle structuring engineering and the next year was his official Winston Cup Rookie year. He set a record for the number of poles won in a year and was named the Winston Cup Rookie of the Year. “It was unbelievable,” he said in an interview, “I have some of the best people you could as for on my team.” In 2003 he went on to win the Samsung/Radio Shack 500, the MBNA 400, the Tropicana 400, and the GFS Marketplace 400. In all he won twice as many races as any other driver. He is now married to his wife Krissie and has two daughters. Together they run Rescue Ranch, a charity to promote respect for animals, the environment, and wildlife through conservation and rehabilitation in North Carolina.
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