Evaluating Ryan Newman’s move to Roush Fenway Racing

Ryan Newman is in his 18th year of competing full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series. This season he is driving for Roush Fenway Racing in his first season with the team.

This is the fourth different team Newman has raced for during his career. Newman started racing for Team Penske in 2002 before joining Stewart-Haas Racing in 2009 then moving to Richard Childress Racing in 2014.

After the race at Sonoma Raceway, the 16th race of the 2019 season, we decided to take a look at Newman’s first 16 races with each of his new teams to see how this season stacked up.

Let’s take a quick look at the numbers. Surprisingly, the statistics are pretty similar.

Ryan Newman is in his first year with Roush Fenway Racing and teammate, Ricky Stenhouse Jr. ((World Copyright: Gavin Baker, NKP)

A look at the numbers

2019 with Roush Fenway Racing: Avg. finish: 14.5, avg. start: 18.6, laps led: 0

2014 with Richard Childress Racing: Avg. finish: 14.6, avg. start: 14.5, laps led: 10

2009 with Stewart-Haas Racing: Avg. finish: 13.8, avg. start: 15.1, laps led: 138

2002 with Team Penske: Avg. finish: 19.1, avg. start: 12.9, laps led: 150

(Note, all statistics are through the first 16 races of the season.)

Ryan Newman is experiencing a good start to the 2019 season with his new team, Roush Fenway Racing. (World Copyright: Nigel Kinrade, NKP)

Breaking down the numbers

Newman’s first 16 races of 2019 look similar to those in 2014. The start to this season isn’t too far off from his best start with a new team either. Which is impressive given where Roush Fenway Racing was in 2018 and their expectations for this season.

The obvious drop off from new start to new start are laps led, where Newman has seen a steep decline. Newman’s average start has fluctuated throughout his first seasons with new teams, with this year also having the biggest drop off.

Despite all the success Newman has had in his first seasons with new teams, he only visited victory lane with one of those teams. That was with Team Penske in his rookie season where he won twice.

In all three of his previous fist seasons, Newman enjoyed the best season he would have with both of those teams, finishing sixth, ninth and second in the final standings. Could 2019 provide the same for Newman and Roush Fenway Racing?