The 2014 NASCAR season is right around the corner, and we are happy to be a part of it once again. It’s a fresh start with unlimited possibilities for Ryan and the Quicken Loans Racing team. Check out what we’re looking forward to this season!
10. We’re Sticking with Ryan
In September, we announced our continued partnership with Ryan Newman. We couldn’t be more excited for another season with “Rocket Man,” and look forward to many more celebrations in victory lane.
9. New Team
Ryan moved from Stewart Haas Racing to Richard Childress Racing (RCR) during the offseason. RCR is one of the most storied teams in NASCAR history, with drivers such as Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Burton, Kevin Harvick, Ricky Rudd and Richard Childress himself.
8. New Number
Ryan is switching from the number 39 to the number 31 this season. The number debuted in 1988 and most recently featured Jeff Burton. We think the 31 car looks really fast in the Quicken Loans paint scheme, and we can’t wait to see it on the track!
7. New Crew Chief
Luke Lambert enters his second year as crew chief of the no. 31 car. He joined RCR as an engineer after attending North Carolina State University, and worked his way up to crew chief. Luke lives in Lexington, N.C. with his wife and two children.
6. The Quicken Loans 400
NASCAR racing returns to Michigan International Speedway on June 15, 2014. We’re happy to continue our sponsorship of the summer race in Michigan. Who will take home the trophy this year?
5. Phoenix Fall Race
This year, Quicken Loans will sponsor the Sprint Cup Series fall race at Phoenix International Raceway. The 500-mile race takes place on November 9, 2014. Stay tuned for more details!
4. New Paint Scheme
Have you seen the new car? The all-new Quicken Loans no. 31 car will make its debut on March 2 at Phoenix International Raceway. What do you think?
3. All New Pit Crew
Ryan will have a new team behind the wall this season as he looks to cut pit stop times and eliminate mistakes. “I am in a much better situation as far as experience goes,” he told The Sporting News. “I’m with a more experienced team as a whole than I was last year at this time.”
2. New Chase Cup Format
NASCAR expanded the current Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup field to 16 drivers, and implemented a new round-by-round advancement format to pick a champion. We can’t wait for the late-season drama as each race means more and more.
1. Our Fans
NASCAR kicks off this weekend with the Sprint Unlimited on February 15. The season starts the following weekend with the Daytona 500, on February 23rd at 1:00 p.m.