Newman Set For Rich Vogler Classic

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Ryan Newman will return to USAC competition to compete in the Rich Vogler Classic this weekend. (David Nearpass Photo)
Ryan Newman will return to USAC competition to compete in the Rich Vogler Classic this weekend. (David Nearpass Photo)

SPEEDWAY, Ind. – Ryan Newman will return to the seat of a USAC Silver Crown Champ Car this Saturday night in the Rich Vogler Classic at Lucas Oil Raceway.

Newman, the 1999 USAC Silver Crown champion, has gone on to have a successful Monster Energy NASCAR Cup career with 51 poles and 18 victories, including wins in the 2008 Daytona 500 and the 2013 Brickyard 400.

Newman will drive the No. 2v for Bowman/Vance Racing on Saturday, a tribute to Johnny Vance, one of the most successful USAC car owners of all-time, earning three National car owner titles and 52 National wins. He raced in the USAC National Sprint Car and Silver Crown Series for Vance during the late 1990s-early 2000s.

Newman will race as a teammate to five-time Lucas Oil Raceway Silver Crown winner Tanner Swanson. Newman earned his first USAC National Midget victory in 1997, as well as his initial Silver Crown triumph in 1999, both of which were televised on ESPN’s Saturday Night Thunder program.

Pits open for the Rich Vogler Classic at noon eastern on Saturday. Grandstands open at 3 p.m., Silver Crown practice at 4:15pm, Silver Crown qualifying at 6:30 p.m. and the green flag for the USAC Silver Crown main event slated for 7:45 p.m.