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Shifting Gears with Ryan Newman Episode 3: Winning as a Team

In this third and final episode, Ryan reflects on the importance of having a team focus over the course of his career and how surrounding himself with good people has been pivotal to his personal success, as well as the success of his racing teams

February 9, 2021

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As a member of many different teams throughout his life and professional career, Ryan Newman knows much about the importance of understanding and developing one’s strengths to complement others for the benefit of the team as a whole – and how that works both ways.

“One of the keys as a person on a team is to know your strengths and know your weaknesses, know your teammates’ strengths and weaknesses, and to really focus on both to bring your performance up to a higher level," says Ryan, racing professional and driver of the Koch Industries No. 6 car. "And then continue to do that and evolve, and create the ultimate team that way.”

In this third and final installment of the video series, "Shifting Gears with Ryan Newman," Ryan talks about his biggest team win at the 2008 Daytona 500, when an unselfish decision by teammate Kurt Busch to push Ryan to victory allowed the two drivers to take a 1-2 podium finish on one of the sport’s grandest stages.

“He [Kurt Busch] could have pulled out, he could have slowed me down, he could have done something that was all for him," Ryan says. "But he showed a level of respect that, maybe it wasn’t his day to be the winner, but it was his day to become part of a championship team.”


Episode 3: Winning as a Team. Watch and discover the three things Ryan considers to be key for a winning team. 

Check out the two previous episodes, Shifting Gears with Ryan Newman: Achieving Your Potential and Shifting Gears with Ryan Newman: Using Technology to Your Advantage.