Ryan Newman has received an extension to his contract with Stewart-Haas Racing for one year. Unfortunately, he still does not have a sponsor for the 2013 NASCAR season. Since Newman will lose the U.S. Army sponsorship at the end of the season, it is not clear who will sponsor the No. 39 car next year.
Ryan Newman and Stewart-Haas Racing
Ryan Newman is still focused on reaching the Chase this season, but 2013 is approaching, and Stewart-Haas Racing has not secured a sponsorship for his ride. The U.S. Army's plans to leave NASCAR have forced them stop sponsoring Newman. However, Ryan Newman is not the only driver for Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) who is losing a sponsor. Office Depot has also announced that the company will not be a primary sponsor for Tony Stewart in 2013. Stewart-Haas Racing is facing the difficult task of finding sponsors for both drivers in a struggling economy.
A Contract Extension for Ryan Newman
The contract extension for Ryan Newman was expected because Stewart-Haas Racing had previously stated that the team was interested in keeping the driver. During the negotiations, Newman's wife turned to Twitter to let fans know that he was "close to a contract." The deal has been confirmed, but the sponsor is still missing. Since Tony Stewart is also searching for a replacement, it is rumored that he has become the main concern.
In 2012, the No. 39 car has had several logos during races, yet the sponsorships have not been guaranteed for next year. Ryan Newman's car has featured Outback Steakhouse, Quicken Loans, Wix Filters and others. Although Newman was allegedly approached by other teams, the driver did not take the offers to leave SHR. Newman has mentioned that he did not want to leave and said, "I have more respect for the people that have given me an opportunity than that."
Haas Automation and Ryan Newman
Newman's car has also featured Haas Automation in 2012, so the possibility exists that the driver may fall back on relying on Gene Haas. It is possible that a similar scenario to this year will appear in 2013 with Ryan Newman finding partial sponsorship in the Sprint Cup.
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Growing up in Indiana, Lana developed a love for motorsports at an early age. She follows NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One. Follow @Lana_Bandoim on Twitter.