Ryan Newman to leave Richard Childress Racing at the end of 2018 season

NASCAR veteran Ryan Newman will not be returning to Richard Childress Racing in 2019.

Newman made the announcement via Twitter Saturday afternoon.

“I want to take a moment to let everyone know that I will not return to Richard Childress Racing in 2019,” Newman wrote. “I have very much enjoyed driving the No. 31 car and I want to personally thank Richard Childress and everyone at RCR for the support over the past five seasons.”

Newman has been with RCR for five seasons winning his first race with the team last March at Phoenix. His best season finish came with his first year with the team, a second place, in 2014. He  missed the playoffs this year for just the second time with Childress.

Overall, he has 18 wins dating back to 2002, his first full season in NASCAR’s Cup series. He has raced for Team Penske and Stewart-Haas Racing.

In his message Saturday, Newman indicated that he wants to continue racing full time in the Cup series in 2019, is currently working through his options, and plans to announce his plans in the near future.

Team owner Richard Childress told NASCAR.com, “We knew we were going to change. It’s just when we were going to announce it.”