Ryan Joseph Newman (born December 8, 1977 in South Bend, Indiana) is a driver in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. He drives the #12 Alltel/Mobil 1/Kodak Dodge Charger for Penske Racing. Newman graduated from Purdue University in 2001 with a B.S. in vehicle structure engineering. In 2002, he was the Raybestos Rookie of the Year.