Roush Fenway Racing has announced that Wyndham Rewards has expanded its partnership with the team, serving as a partner in 10 races in 2019, while making its debut at the 2019 Clash All-Star Event which kicks off Daytona Speedweeks on February 10. The event will also mark Ryan Newman’s NASCAR debut in the famed No. 6 Ford Mustang. Newman, who has competed in the event 14 times, qualifies for the 2019 field via his 2008 Daytona 500 victory.
“We are thrilled to have Wyndham Rewards on board for the season and on the car for our kickoff event in 2019,” said Newman. “The Clash is a great event and always an exciting way to kick off the season. “It is a limited, all-star field, with a winner take all mentality and it usually leads to some thrilling racing. It would be a great opportunity to kick of the season with a win and take Wyndham for a ride to victory lane.”
Mark Martin drove the iconic No. 6 to victory lane in the 1999 version of the event, marking Jack Roush’s only Clash victory. Newman has run the Clash on 14 occasions, finishing runner-up in 2005. He’s finished top-five in the annual event three times, including fourth in 2003 and third in 2011.
Wyndham Rewards joined Roush Fenway as a primary partner last season with Matt Kenseth behind the wheel for a number of races. In 2019 they expand their partnership with Roush and Newman, and will serve as the primary partner for 10 races, kicking off with the Clash exhibition event on Feb. 10. In addition, Wyndham Rewards will also be featured as an associate partner on all races this season.
Newman, a native of South Bend, Indiana, becomes the sixth driver to pilot the No. 6 for Roush Fenway. The No. 6 Ford has visited victory lane 36 times, captured 41 poles and led over 11,400 laps under the Roush Fenway umbrella.
Newman has led over 4,800 laps and his 51 poles are the ninth most in NASCAR history. He was named the Cup Series rookie of the year in 2002 and won the 2008 Daytona 500 and the 2013 Brickyard 400. He has finished inside the top 10 of the final Cup standings on seven occasions, including a second-place finish in 2014, and has qualified for the NASCAR Cup playoffs on eight different occasions since its inception in 2004. He was also named NASCAR Driver of the Year in 2003. All time at the World Center of Racing, Newman has 10 top-10 and five top-five finishes.