As expected, Penske Racing has announced that they team could not come to an agreement with Ryan Newman on a contract, so the Newman and Penske will part ways at the end of the season.
This comes as no surprise to anyone, as Newman has been rumored to be a candidate for every available, and unavailable, seat next season.
It’s looking like David Stremme is the front runner to be his replacement. Stremme is currently a test driver for the organization, and is said to have impressed Penske.
Casey Mears has also been considered, but he’s been rumored to be the lead candidate for Richard Childress Racing’s No. 33 sponsored by General Mills.
Martin Truex Jr. is said to be a candidate as well, but he has some legal issues to work out with Dale Earnhardt Inc. if he is to be available to drive the No. 12.
Newman says he has a few options for 2009, and has not made a decision. His options are Joe Gibbs Racing in the 20, which is said to be Joey Logano’s ride. Stewart Haas Racing and RCR are the other two options being talked about.
Where should he go? JGR’s performance this season would make that the most appealing ride. SHR would be the most intriguing, as there’s no telling how good, or how bad that equipment would be. And, RCR would be… well, RCR, a strong team.
As any driver would be, Newman is looking to contend for a championship, and all three of those options are potential championship contenders, although SHR is the least likely to contend only because there’s so many unknowns.
Still, it appears that it is a good time to be Newman, as no matter which he chooses, he should at the very least be able to win races.