Ryan Newman comments on Stewart-Haas Racing decision to add Kurt Busch in a fourth car
Ryan Newman said he found out about Stewart-Haas Racing’s expansion to four teams like most people — first rumors and non-sourced reports on the Internet that were ultimately confirmed by Tuesday’s formal announcement.
But Newman, who was informed last month his contract won’t be renewed by SHR for 2014, said Thursday he was mostly amused at this week’s turn of events, particularly at the way it was handled with the team internally.
SHR co-owner Gene Haas told reporters Tuesday that he hired Kurt Busch for a fourth car to be sponsored by his company, Haas Automation. But Haas conceded it was — at least initially — met with surprise and “a little bit of resistance” from his fellow co-owner, Tony Stewart, who was concerned about the logistics of adding another team and the extra workload that would entail to be immediately competitive.
“It was humorous,’’ Newman told NASCAR.com about the announcement. “To me it was more funny, than any kind of frustration from my end. In the end, it won’t affect me. Obviously, it frees up a situation for 2014 but in the end it doesn’t affect me.’’