Ryan Newman signs with Richard Childress Racing

LONG POND, PA - AUGUST 02: Ryan Newman, driver of the #39 Haas Automation 30th Anniversary Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 2, 2013 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)

LONG POND, PA – AUGUST 02: Ryan Newman, driver of the #39 Haas Automation 30th Anniversary Chevrolet, stands on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series GoBowling.com 400 at Pocono Raceway on August 2, 2013 in Long Pond, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)

Ryan Newman will replace Jeff Burton in the No. 31 Chevrolet at Richard Childress Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series in 2014, the team said Monday. The team made the announcement via email.

The 35 year old Newman is a 17 time winner in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series. He has 50 pole awards to his credit; and is the 2008 Daytona 500 and 2013 Brickyard 400 champion. Newman is currently driving the No. 39 Chevy at Stewart-Haas Racing.

“This is a great opportunity for our team,” said Richard Childress, president and CEO of RCR. “I am very proud to have Ryan in our No. 31 Caterpillar Chevrolet starting next year. We have high expectations for this No. 31 team. Ryan has proven himself to be a great driver and I’m looking forward to winning races with him. MORE>>>

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