Ryan Joseph Newman (born December 8, 1977, in South Bend, Indiana) is a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He drives the No. 39 Chevrolet Impala for Stewart Haas Racing under crew chief Tony Gibson. Newman graduated from Purdue University in 2001 with a B.S. in engineering. In 2002, he was the Raybestos Rookie of the Year. He enjoys driving and working on vintage cars, particularly 1950s Chryslers. Newman's car was featured on the cover of the 2005 EA Sports computer game NASCAR SimRacing, and he was actively involved in its development. Brooklyn Sage Newman, first child of Ryan and wife Krissie, arrived on Thursday, November 18, 2010. Ashlyn Olivia Newman, Ryan and wife Krissie's second child, arrived on Monday, July 16, 2012. Newman began working for legendary racing icon Roger Penske in 2000, winning 3 of the five ARCA RE/MAX Series races he entered, and making his Winston Cup debut at Phoenix International Raceway.