Man, Ryan Newman is sure fast for a big ogre.
The Indiana native set a new track record in his qualifying run for Sunday’s Samuel Deeds 400 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, taking the top spot from Jimmie Johnson thanks to a blistering lap of 187.531 mph.
Newman was understandably thrilled after learning he’d set the record:
I’ll admit, I was emotional. It’s special to me for a lot of reasons — being home, being in Indiana and being so long without being on the pole.
So many drivers who are my heroes, so many drivers I’ve admired, so many drivers that have worked so hard in their careers to get to here on this day — to be the fastest one, that’s what’s the most special to me (USA Today).
Although Johnson was knocked off the pole position by Newman, he still had some kind words to say about his competitor: “I knew he was going to be a tough bullet to dodge. Ryan hit all four corners great and got it done. Happy for him. That’s got to be a great day for him (being) a hometown boy and all.”
We’ll be bringing you the result of the race on Sunday, so stay tuned.
[Source: USA Today]