Help Ryan Newman send troops to PIR

More than 500 troops expected to benefit from ‘Troop Newman’ program

Troop Newman

Ryan Newman, driver of the No. 39 U.S. Army/Tornados/Haas Automation Chevrolet, has teamed up with Phoenix International Raceway to create “Troop Newman” – a special program designed to honor men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces for Veteran’s Day this November. The program, part of PIR’s Salute to Military Families initiative, will send an expected 500 military troops and their families to the Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race on Nov. 14 – Veteran’s Day Weekend – free of charge.

All race fans and military supporters that make a donation to the Troop Newman program will be entered to win a private meet-and-greet session with Newman during the November event weekend and will be recognized on Phoenix International Raceway’s website. Donors also have the chance to receive additional incentives including a photo op in Gatorade Victory Lane with a donation of $50 or more and an exclusive Phoenix International Raceway patriotic hat with a donation of $75 or more.

Race fans can help send a military member and their family to NASCAR at PIR by visiting www.phoenixraceway.com/troopnewman or by calling 866-408-RACE (7223).

Newman, winner of the last Sprint Cup Series event at PIR, will look to make it two-in-a-row at Phoenix in a very special Chevy. The U.S. Army and Stewart-Haas Racing recently announced a special paint scheme for the No. 39 that gives veterans the opportunity to put their faces on the Soldiers’ Car Newman will drive in the Kobalt Tools 500. Veterans, along with their families, friends and loved ones, can go online and submit photos of the men and women who have embraced the call of duty and helped build and protect our country at www.goarmy.com/yourphotohere. Photos will be collected through Sept. 24.

“It’s an honor for me to represent more than 1 million Soldiers on the racetrack each weekend,” Newman said. “Obviously, Veteran’s Day is a very special weekend, and I think the fact that we are going to recognize some of the brave men and women of the U.S. Army by carrying their faces on the No. 39 car is a pretty powerful statement. I hope that the fans will make just as powerful of a statement by helping us get as many Soldiers to the racetrack as possible for the Phoenix race.

“We had a very special night at Phoenix back in April. It was a very emotional victory, maybe one of the most emotional in my entire career just because it had been so long. I was so happy to get that win in Phoenix. I got my first Cup start there; I had won four poles, and then to finally get my first win there with my new Stewart-Haas Racing team after more than a year of trying and with our new sponsor Tornados – it was just very special. We’re going back with the goal of making it two-in-a-row at Phoenix, and I can’t tell you how incredible it would be to put the Soldier’s Car in Victory Lane on Veteran’s Day weekend.”

Newman will visit local National Guard units at the Papago Park Military Reservation in Phoenix to donate a portion of race tickets funded by Troop Newman on Oct. 6. This event will be closed to the general public but open to the media and runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tickets to the exciting Nov. 11-14 Kobalt Tools 500 NASCAR event weekend are also still available with prices starting at just $25. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.phoenixraceway.com/tickets or call 866-408-RACE (7223).

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