Ryan Newman was a happy Hoosier on Sunday.
"Thank you, guys. This is an amazing -- an amazing weekend," said the South Bend, Ind., native after crossing the finish line at the Brickyard 400 for his first Indianapolis Motor Speedway win. "This is a dream come true for me."
And victory could not have come at a more opportune time for Newman. Just over two weeks ago, it became official that Newman's contract would not be renewed at Stewart-Haas Racing next season, so he's looking for a ride.
Entering 2013, Newman understood he was on shaky ground. He was in a similar position last season but took a significant pay cut to remain with the No. 39 car. His crew chief of four years, Tony Gibson, and his team were moved to accommodate Danica Patrick's rookie effort.
Perhaps that was for the best.
Newman was reunited with his former Penske Racing crew chief, Matt Borland, who joined SHR as technical director at its inception and was promoted in June 2011 to vice president of competition....