Ryan Newman sees his dream come true with win at Indy

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JULY 28: Ryan Newman, driver of the #39 Quicken Loans/The Smurfs Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samuel Deeds 400 At The Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 28, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - JULY 28:  Ryan Newman, driver of the #39 Quicken Loans/The Smurfs Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samuel Deeds 400 At The Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 28, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – JULY 28: Ryan Newman, driver of the #39 Quicken Loans/The Smurfs Chevrolet, celebrates in victory lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Samuel Deeds 400 At The Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 28, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

Indiana native Ryan Newman scored an emotional win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday beating one of the best drivers in the world a day after winning the pole.  Newman charged across the line to the roar of the partisan crowd with over a 2.5 second lead over four time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson who had won at the Brickyard on four previous attempts.

Newman led from the green flag and would keep the point through the first 28 laps until giving up the lead to Johnson when he pitted. Johnson would keep the lead through the first caution which didn’t come out until lap 59; it appeared that Johnson could be on his way to a fifth Indy win.

“Track position was really important, especially the way my car was driving,” Johnson said.  “Although it had plenty of speed, it wasn’t the easiest thing to drive. My times that I caught lap traffic or had to pass someone for position, it took a lot of risk to get that done.  Was able to manage all that well. “. MORE>>>

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