MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Ryan Newman is leaving Penske Racing at the end of the current season. He's been projected as a possible teammate for Tony Stewart on the two-time NASCAR champion's new team.
Newman has been with the Penske team since making his Sprint Cup debut in 2000. He got a full-time Cup ride in 2002 and has notched
13 victories, including this year's Daytona 500.
The 30-year-old won 11 poles and eight races in 2003 and
finished no worse than seventh in the season points from 2002
through 2005. But he went winless in both 2006 and 2007 and slipped
out of the Chase for the championship, finishing 13th and 18th.
He currently is 16th in the standings.
Penske test driver David Stremme is considered a leading candidate to replace him.