Ryan Newman kissed the Indy bricks, then had to deal with the Brickyard 350.
That’s the estimated number of text messages he received from well-wishers for his win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last weekend.
Friends, family. Just about anyone who helped Newman on his path from the short tracks that dot Indiana to taking the checkered flag in one of the sport’s most prestigious races.
“The coolest part was that there were eight people, maybe, where I had to text them back and ask who it was,” Newman said, laughing.
But no team dialed up Newman and offered a ride for 2014.
No sponsor texted and said it would invest $20 million or so to follow him wherever he lands.
Newman’s future is no more settled entering Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway than it was before he snapped a 49-race winless streak. If any team’s in the market for a Brickyard winner, Newman is listening.
“The phone has not rung off the hook,” Newman said. “I didn’t expect it to and I think some people kind of expect it to. I am working on what I need to work on to be in a good, competitive position next year. The win helps, but it’s not a light switch. It doesn’t turn everything on bright.”
Johnson wins pole
There was no bumping Jimmie Johnson this week.
Johnson set a track record with a lap of 180.654 mph to win the pole Friday at Pocono Raceway. Johnson seemed poised to win the pole last week at Indianapolis until Ryan Newman topped him on the last qualifying attempt of the day.
Kyle Busch was second and Carl Edwards third. Newman, last week’s race winner at the Brickyard, starts fourth. Kurt Busch is fifth.
Filippi gets a ride
Luca Filippi will make his IndyCar debut when he drives for Barracuda Racing on Sunday in the Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio in Lexington, Ohio.
Filippi, who previously drove in both the GP2 and the Auto GP series, earned the ride after a successful test at the 2.258-mile road course on Wednesday.