NASCAR: Behind the scenes with Ryan Newman and the Army car


Ryan Newman drives the Army sponsored car during the Capital City 400 in Richmond, Virginia on Saturday.

I spent the weekend at Richmond International Raceway to get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to run the Army car during Saturday’s Capital City 400 at Richmond International Raceway in Virginia. Driven by Ryan Newman, the Army-sponsored Chevrolet finished the night in 15th place.

In addition to the action on the track, I spent some time at the Army’s ‘Strength in Action Zone’ on the midway at the RIR complex. Besides an appearance by Newman and the presence of the Army #39 show car, the zone featured interactive displays and a helicopter flight simulator. While the rainy weather didn’t do much to help attendance, Army recruiters said they usually enjoy a fairly positive response from race fans.

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