Ryan Newman to drive No. 31 for Richard Childress Racing in 2014

Nick Bromberg
September 9, 2013

Ryan Newman will take over the No. 31 for Richard Childress Racing in 2014.

"This is a great opportunity for our team," Richard Childress said in a statement. "I am very proud to have Ryan in our No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet starting next year. We have high expectations for this No. 31 team. Ryan has proven himself to be a great driver and I'm looking forward to winning races with him.

"Luke Lambert will be his crew chief and the team is staying together next year. That team is building momentum to not only finish out this year strong, but to get even better in 2014."

Lambert has been the crew chief for Jeff Burton in the No. 31 since the middle of the 2011 season. Burton is leaving the team at the end of the season.

RCR said that sponsorship in addition to Caterpillar will be announced at a later date.

Newman is leaving Stewart-Haas Racing at the end of the season. He was in position late during Saturday night's race to make the Chase with his second win of the season, but after a late caution flag and a slow pit stop, he lost the lead and finished third.

Newman has 17 career Sprint Cup Series wins, including this year's Brickyard 400. His announcement at RCR means that two of the presumed three cars at the operations are filled for the 2014 season. It's expected that Austin Dillon will move up to the Cup Series next year and possibly drive the No. 3. That would be the No. 29 team, which is losing Kevin Harvick, who is moving over to Stewart-Haas.