INDIANAPOLIS Ryan Newman fulfilled the childhood dream of so many who grew up in Indiana - winning at storied Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The driver from South Bend ended a 49-race losing streak with Sunday's victory at the Brickyard, and he did it by beating Jimmie Johnson.
"I can't wait to push my lips on those bricks," Newman said moments after the race on victory lane.
Moments later, with his entire family and crew by his side, Newman did kiss those bricks.
"I don't realize it yet. It's a dream come true," he said. "It can't hit you all at once, it's not good enough. It will take a week or so for it to sink in."
It's been a tough 2013 season for the Hoosier native, who learned two weeks ago he was being dropped by Stewart-Haas Racing at the end of this year.
Now, Newman has another notch on the old resume. Racin Ryan won the Daytona 500 in 2008 but was emotional as can be to win in his home state.
Newman knocked Johnson off the pole in qualifying then used a fast final pit stop Sunday to snatch the win from the four-time Indianapolis winner.
Newman and Johnson were the class of the field, but it was Johnson who dominated the race and appeared to be just a bit better. But Johnson pitted from the lead with 27 laps remaining and it was a slow final stop for the Hendrick Motorsports crew.
Newman pitted after that and took only two tires to move into the lead.