Ryan Newman Leaves No. 12

Mike DiMauro@miked31784Senior Writer IJuly 14, 2008

A new driver will be driving the No. 12 next year. That's because Penske Racing and Newman will be parting ways at the end of the 2008 season.

Newman has been with Penske since 2000, when he debuted in Phoenix. In 2001, he ran a few races in the No. 02 car. In 2002, Newman replaced Jeremy Mayfield in the No. 12. He also got his first win on September 15, 2002 in Loudon.

Before the Daytona 500 back on February 17, he hadn't won since 2005. He was in the Chase in 2004 and 2005, but his performance in 2006 and 2007 kept him from the Chase.

Newman is currently in 16th place in the standings and about 200 points behind 12th place Denny Hamlin with seven races to go.

There have been reports of Newman going to Richard Childress' No. 33 or being a teammate of Tony Stewart and racing his second car over at Stewart-Haas.