And that Newman is a proud family man and driving to victory in the Irish Hills, where he loves to fish and hunt, would be a great
"It would just be perfect," said Newman, who has two young children, Brooklyn and Ashlyn. "I think my wife, Krissie, the girls and my sponsor would be pretty happy if I could win this race."
When Newman, nicknamed Rocket Man for his ability to scorch the track and earn pole positions throughout his career, received sponsorship from
He liked what he saw -- something that reminded him of racing.
"I spent several days at Quicken Loans," recalled Newman, 36, the
Newman, who is running for
He is a two-time MIS winner in Cup, driving to victory in 2003 and 2004 at the speedway for
Newman finished seventh last weekend at Pocono to race winner
He enjoys the big track in the Irish Hills but would prefer it was not resurfaced two seasons ago, however.
"I liked it better the way it was," said Newman, who has 17 career Cup wins. "It was older, grayer and you could slide the car around. But they've done a nice job on the re-grade, and I think I have a shot at making it three victories at
Newman is OK with his "Rocket Man" nickname, but he doesn't try to capitalize on it, he said.
"I've never called myself that and I never sign autographs with it," Newman said. "I guess it's better than some."
Newman is still searching for a first Cup championship although he has a stellar record in the series, winning the 2008 Daytona 500 and the 2013 Brickyard 400.
"We have 450 employees working their tails off at RCR, and I want to win a championship for them and me. That's my ultimate goal."
Newman is fitting in well with teammates
"I'm the oldest driver on the team," Newman said. "It's been good sharing information with them."
Although Newman is considered a decent guy by the
Asked if Earnhardt's Pocono win was good for racing, Newman replied, maybe tongue in cheek, to the question: "If it's not me, I don't much care who wins."
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