Rick Ware Racing announced on Friday that it had signed driver Ryan Newman to drive for the team in select races though the remainder of the 2023 season.
Newman, an 18-time Cup Series race winner, will make his debut with RWR at Darlington Raceway on May 12.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to work with Rick Ware Racing and Ford,” Newman said. “I think this will be good for all of us with our combined experience and knowledge.
“Being part of the Throwback Weekend at one of my favorite tracks in Darlington is pretty special. After recently being named one of NASCAR’s 75 Greatest Drivers, it carries even some significance.”
The opportunity to drive for RWR arises following the suspension of RWR driver Cody Ware.
“I remember watching ‘Thursday Night Thunder’ on ESPN and seeing Ryan compete against some stout competition in those days,” said team owner Rick Ware. “I became a fan then and when he first came to NASCAR, I knew he was going to be a great driver and win a lot of races.
“He brings great depth and insight to RWR while we continue to grow our team. Ryan’s been a great ambassador for our sport and Ford. We’re really looking forward to racing with him this season.”
To date, Newman has made 725 Cup starts earning the 18 victories plus 51 poles, 117 top-five and 268 top-10 finishes.
Recently Newman was named to NASCAR’s list 75 Greatest Drivers.