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Ryan Newman, Stewart-Haas Racing - Q&A

After claiming victory in the Brickyard 400 on Sunday, Ryan Newman spoke about what winning at the iconic Indianapolis Motorspeedway meant to an Indian native such as himself.
Ryan Newman started from pole position and was in ideal position to take advantage of a rare mishap for the #48 crew to put himself into the lead of the 2013 Brickyard 400 with a dozen laps to go to secure himself a famous victory over five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson.

After the win, Ryan Newman met with the press in the media centre in the IMS Pagoda, accompanied by his crew chief Matt Borland.

Q:
Let's hear from our 2013 Brickyard 400 winner, that is Ryan Newman. He claims his first Brickyard 400. It's his 17th career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series win. It gets him into the 2014 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race with this victory here today. It also now positions him as a contender for a position in the 2013 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. With his win, he's 16th in points, and has that all-important win.

Congratulations, Ryan. You're the third Brickyard winner to win from the pole, to join Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson. You're joined by crew chief Matt Borland. What does it feel like to win the Brickyard 400?

Ryan Newman:
I'm not sure at this point. I know it's an amazing feeling. I was more emotional yesterday after winning the pole than I was two laps after doing my donuts and everything else today. I'm not sure why.

I took an emotional hit yesterday. Just an awesome day. Matt and all these guys did a great job. Probably the best racecar I have ever driven in my entire life.

I watched Jimmie, kept quiet. I wanted to see who I was placing. Played the old Pearson role. I knew I had a good car. I didn't want to have a good car and not win the race. Matt's call gave me the track position I needed, taking the two tyres. I was just counting down the laps from that point on.

I knew a lot of guys needed to pit. I didn't know how far back Jimmie was. He said four seconds at that point. I knew I had to manage my racecar and my tyres. I knew it was so difficult to pass. His car was looking looser and looser as I ran behind him. Just an exciting day.

Thank Quicken Loans, Chevrolet, Sprint, all the sponsors we have. Tony Stewart, Stewart-Haas Racing, they gave us all the tools we needed all weekend and all year.

Q:
Matt Borland, talk about winning the race here today.

Matt Borland:



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Ryan Newman, driver of the #39 Quicken Loans/The Smurfs Chevrolet, and his family kiss the bricks after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samuel Deeds 400 At The Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 28, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo Credit: Photo by Streeter Lecka/NASCAR via Getty Images)
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