Ryan Newman has been unwavering in his comments that he would drive the No. 39 for Stewart Hass Racing (SHR) in 2013. The organization will expand to three teams next season as Newman and owner Tony Stewart will be joined by Danica Patrick. Patrick will be running her first full season at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) level.
When the US Army announced that they would not participate as a sponsor in NASCAR next season many openly wondered if Newman would stay at SHR.
Those questions should be answered as the former rookie of the year and Daytona 500 winner is said to be close to an announcement that he will stay with SHR.
The deal is the best for both sides.
Newman was not going to find a ride that could perform at the level of SHR. Newman will continue to be a Chase threat. He made the Chase last year and is currently in the second Wild Card spot. Newman won at Martinsville in the No. 39 but his options
at a top tier ride would have been few and far between.
SHR could not have found a better driver had they found the funding for a third team later. Newman has been a vital part of the teams rise in the Cup Series. He is a close friend with Stewart and no available driver, save Kurt Busch, has a resume that could match Newman.
What do you think? Is a deal involving Newman staying at SHR best for both sides?