A native of South Bend, Indiana, Ryan Newman started his racing career before age 6, driving in a quarter midget race. (He eventually won more than 100 features, six regional championships and the 1988 Grand National Quarter Midget championship.) Known to fans as “Rocketman,” Newman made his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut at Phoenix International Speedway in 2000 and joined RCR in 2014.
Here are a few more facts about the No. 31 NASCAR driver:
Date of Birth: December 8, 1977
Hometown: South Bend, Ind.
Resides: Statesville, N.C.
Marital Status: Married, Krissie
Children: Brooklyn, Ashlyn
Education: Purdue University – Class of 2001 (A.B. – Vehicle Structure Engineering)