Ryan Newman will replace Jeff Burton in Richard Childress Racing’s NASCAR Sprint Cup lineup for 2014.
Burton revealed last week that he was parting company with RCR, where he has raced since 2005. Newman, who was left without a drive as Stewart-Haas added Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch to its team for next year, was confirmed on Monday as RCR’s new signing.
“This is a great opportunity,” said team boss Richard Childress. “We have high expectations for this 31 team. That team is building momentum to not only finish out this year strong, but to get even better in 2014.”
Newman, who narrowly missed out on a spot in this year’s Chase for the Championship in controversial fashion last weekend, revealed that he had nearly signed for Childress in the past.
“I’m very pleased Richard and I were able to put this deal together,” he said. “About five years ago, we talked about me joining RCR before I signed with my current team, but things just didn’t work out. However, we were able to make it happen this time and I’m looking forward to the next chapter of my career.”
Newman, who was dismissive of the way Stewart-Haas handled his departure last month, praised Burton for the way he is bowing out at RCR.
“One important thing I sincerely want everyone to know is how much I respect and admire Jeff Burton as a person and a driver,” he said. “He handled his recent announcement and situation with respect, class and dignity.”