INDIANAPOLIS — Clauson/Marshall Racing announced Thursday at the PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis that Ryan Newman, the 2008 Daytona 500 winner and 1999 USAC Silver Crown Series champion, will join the team’s ownership group as it transitions into the AMSOIL USAC National Sprint Car Series next year.
The new opportunity allows Newman to return to his roots as he joins the CMR team for their run at a USAC title.
“Both Tim (Clauson) and Richard (Marshall) gave me the opportunity to be involved with something that I’ve thought about for a while,” Newman said. “I wanted to do this at the right place at the right time. It’s a no brainer for me to be a part of something that I think will be great.”
“This was a path in my career that made a difference. It was several rungs on the ladder that made a difference, being a part of USAC midget, sprint car and Silver Crown racing. It’s an honor to be a part of what they’re putting together.”
Newman has maintained a presence in USAC racing throughout his NASCAR career, which includes 18 victories and 51 poles at the Cup level. He annually competes in the Silver Crown Series each year and keeps a keen eye on the happenings within the series, as well as maintains friendships with several USAC drivers.
“I think it’s some of the best racing there is in the world,” Newman said. “It was what I was born and raised in. With their horsepower-to-weight ratio, big tires, tacky racetracks, wheel stands and methanol … you name it; it’s pretty spectacular if you like racing.”
Team co-owner Tim Clauson is ecstatic about the possibilities that Newman brings to the team, as well as the commitment that Newman has made to supporting grassroots racing.
“Having Ryan Newman involved in our program is both exciting and humbling as is his history in not only USAC, but motorsports as a whole,” Clauson said. “It is something I feel we will all be able to lean on as we continue to build CMR.”
“As proud as I am of this partnership, I am also proud that Ryan wants to be involved and support the USAC series, which we all feel has the best on-track product in motorsports. While it will be a busy next two months getting ready for Florida, we are excited to add another top, quality ride to the USAC Sprint Car Series.”
Prior to Bryan Clauson’s passing, Tim Clauson and Richard Marshall put together a three-year plan to take Bryan Clauson Inc. to another level.
But after blasting through that three-year plan in 12 months, Marshall and Newman made the decision to go USAC Sprint Car racing with CMR as the next evolution of that original plan.
“Ryan’s a great friend,” Marshall said. “We were talking a couple times last month over dinner how cool it would be to go USAC racing. I thought it would be really cool. I talked to Ryan quite a bit and he’s very passionate. He said he wanted to support the sport and be involved again. Tim, Ryan and I put our heads together and here we are. Now it’s game on!”
Tyler Courtney was announced as the driver for the team’s sprint car in 2018.
CREDIT: USAC Media