Welcome, N.C. (October 10, 2016) - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series veteran Ryan Newman has agreed to a multi-year agreement to remain with Richard Childress Racing (RCR) as the driver of the No. 31 Chevrolet. The renewal marks Newman's fourth year with RCR and 16th full season in NASCAR's premier series.
"Ryan's consistency on the track has been a benefit to our organization and this extension solidifies the future of our racing program," said Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of RCR. "Ryan proved the first year he was here that we could contend for championships and with this continuation, I believe we can fulfill our commitment to winning races and a championship. Ryan has worked hard to represent many of our partners, especially the primary sponsors Caterpillar, Grainger and WIX Filters, helping them to get the most out of their respective racing programs."
Newman's tenure at RCR with crew chief Luke Lambert boasts two-straight Chase appearances including the 2014 effort that culminated in a single point separating the 38-year-old driver from the coveted Cup title and a career-best finish in the Cup point standings. Entering this weekend's Cup race at Kansas Speedway, Newman and his No. 31 team have accumulated 11 top-five, 39 top-10 and 65 top-15 finishes in 102 starts.
"I am pleased to continue driving for Richard Childress Racing," said Newman. "Our goal to win a championship all but turned into a reality during our first year together. I feel like since then, we have some unfinished business to complete. I'm fortunate to have forged a great relationship with my crew chief Luke Lambert, and I very much want to not only help him reach our goal of winning a Cup championship but also getting him his first Cup victory."
Before joining RCR, the South Bend, Indiana native's Cup career spans 17 years and over 540 races totaling 17 victories including the 50th Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in 2008 and the 2013 Brickyard 400.
The six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series championship owner accepts award at The Shores Hotel in Daytona Beach, Fla.
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (June 29, 2016) - Richard Childress, Chairman and CEO of Richard Childress Racing, was inducted to the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America Wednesday night at The Shores Hotel in Daytona Beach, Fla. Childress was one of seven individuals inducted into the hall of fame, which honors and preserves the achievements of the greatest legends of motorsports on land, sea and air. He accepted the award presented to him by his grandsons, Austin and Ty Dillon.
"It gives me chills being amongst legends of not only stock car racing, but other forms of motorsports here tonight," Childress said to the audience of about 300. "It is a great honor to be inducted into a hall of fame that honors some of my heroes such as Louis Chevrolet, A.J Foyt, Dale Earnhardt and the France Family. I want to thank my family, my second family - the 525-plus employees at RCR and ECR Engines - and all of our great partners along the way. I could not have done it without them."
Childress has accumulated more than 100 victories in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and more than 200 wins in NASCAR's top three touring series as owner of RCR. With driver Dale Earnhardt and the legendary No. 3 car, Childress won Sprint Cup championships in 1986, 1987, 1990, 1991, 1993 and 1994. He has also recorded multiple driver and owner championships in the NASCAR XFINITY Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. Childress is also a two-time winner of the Daytona 500 (1998 and 2007).
The Motorsports Hall of Fame, which moved its operations from Detroit, Mich. to Daytona Beach, Fla. earlier this year, is located in the newly renovated Daytona International Speedway. Its 2016 class includes Childress (Stock Cars), Everett Brashear (Motorcycles), Gary Gabelich (At Large), Chip Ganassi (Open Wheel), Dave McClelland (Drag Racing), Sam Posey (Sports Cars) and Bob Sweikert (Historic).
Some notable current members of the MHOF include former RCR driver, Dale Earnhardt; legendary Indy Car drivers Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt and Rick Mears; and NASCAR greats Junior Johnson, Richard Petty, Rusty Wallace and Cale Yarborough. For more information about the Motorsports Hall of Fame, its museum and members, visit mshf.com. For more information about today's announcement, visit rcrracing.com.
WELCOME, N.C. (May 25, 2016) - The NASCAR Hall of Fame Voting Committee met today in Charlotte, North Carolina and named team owner Richard Childress to the 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class.
Prior to calling Childress' name, NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France described the 2017 NASCAR Hall of Fame Class as "the greatest class yet" to be inducted. Childress will be joined by Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin, Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons.
"He started out as a driver and had a little bit of success, but he had a lot of success as a car owner," France said of Childress.
"It's quite an honor. It just hasn't set in," Childress said Wednesday. "Just to be in there with the class that I'm in, I'm just thrilled.
"Only in America could a kid with a $20 race car and a dream be here today," he said. "It's just unbelievable."
After his early days with that $20 car, Childress made his first NASCAR start on Sept. 14, 1969 at Talladega Superspeedway. Childress' driving career spanned 12 years, where he collected six top-five and 76 top-10 finishes in 285 starts, leading a total of 133 laps.
However, Childress' greatest mark on NASCAR came when he stepped out of the cockpit and focused on the ownership side of his team. Since that first race in 1969, RCR cars have made 4,241 starts across all three of NASCAR's national touring series, earning 11 championships, 212 wins, 989 top-five and 1,922 top-10 finishes.
Much of RCR's success came with inaugural NASCAR Hall of Fame member Dale Earnhardt, who won six Premier Series championships and 67 races between 1984 and 2000.
"I know I wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for all the years that we had with Dale Earnhardt and all the championships and the races we won," said Childress.
Childress was the first owner to win championships in all three of NASCAR's national touring series. His 11 driver championship titles are second all time.
This was Childress' eighth year on the NASCAR Hall of Fame ballot.
Beginning as a childhood dream of becoming a race car driver while selling peanuts and popcorn at the local track, Richard Childress bought his first race car for $20 and went on to build what is widely considered one of the legendary organizations in the history of motorsports.
Following his own 12-year NASCAR driving career, Richard Childress went on to build what is widely considered one of the legendary organizations in the history of motorsports. Richard Childress Racing became synonymous with success and championships with the legendary Dale Earnhardt and the famed black No. 3 Chevrolet. RCR has earned 14 championships, more than 220 victories, and was the first organization to win titles in NASCAR's three main national series.
Richard Childress Racing continues its tradition of success into 2016 with three Chevrolet Sprint Cup Series teams (No. 31 - Ryan Newman, No. 27 - Paul Menard, and No. 3 - Austin Dillon), and Xfinity Series teams as well.