Roush-Keselowski transfer leaves Ryan Newman in limbo for 2022 | NASCAR


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Tuesday’s information that Brad Keselowski would input a partnership with Roush Fenway Racing subsequent season clicked some puzzle items into position for 2022. Other items within the ever-changing tumult of the NASCAR Cup Series’ team-and-driver alignments stay unsolved, together with one of the crucial high names concerned — Ryan Newman.

The Roush Fenway group can have a brand new driving force of its flagship No. 6 Ford subsequent 12 months in Keselowski, who will go away Team Penske at season’s finish to take the break up function of driving force, minority proprietor and head of the group’s festival committee. The group’s complete driving force lineup remains to be to come back (Chris Buescher recently drives Roush’s 2nd vehicle, the No. 17), however that leaves Newman on the lookout for a brand new function for subsequent season, although the door stays open that the 43-year-old driving force might stay with the group in a part-time capability.

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RFR president Steve Newmark indicated that its take care of Keselowski used to be reached in March and that talks of increasing to a three-car Cup Series operation quickly adopted. Ultimately, Newmark stated, the group opted to proceed as a two-car effort however with the potential of conserving Newman with a partial time table.

“So I’ve talked to Ryan regularly, as recently as yesterday, and we’ve talked to him about whether he’d be interested in a part-time role with us, what he wants to do next year,” Newmark stated, “and I think it’s fair to say that he’s still trying to make that decision on what’s his best path and what his best direction is. I don’t think he has a timeline on when he’s going to kind of solidify his plans for 2022.”

Keselowski indicated he have been keen on the ones talks with Newman, announcing he used to be bullish on conserving the veteran driving force within the fold if sponsorship and give a boost to allowed.

“I did have a discussion with him to share that interest, and too early to tell what that’ll be,” Keselowski stated. “And of course, depending on the proper partnership to fund it, but if there’s a partner out there to fund it, I think it’s a no-brainer for us to try to do.”

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Newman joined Roush Fenway in 2019, main the No. 6 group to a playoff look in a constant first 12 months in combination. He ignored 3 races ultimate season after a serious crash within the ultimate lap of the Daytona 500, however recovered from accidents to complete out the 12 months as soon as the racing calendar resumed in May after the COVID-19 outbreak.

This season, Newman sits twenty seventh within the Cup Series standings with only one top-five end result and 3 top-10 finishes. But Newmark used to be fast to credit score Newman’s function in raising the group’s festival conferences and offering a gradual presence as a 20-year veteran and an 18-time winner on the game’s height degree.

“I will say unequivocally that I have a ton of respect for Ryan and his professionalism and what he’s brought to our team,” Newmark stated. “We didn’t achieve our collective goals and there were a lot of factors that kind of intervened in that, but it’s just fair to say that we really respect Ryan and appreciate the relationship with him and want to help him do whatever he wants to do next. He deserves that.”

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