When they talked about his replacement for the #22 in 2013. More than one of them talked about Ryan Newman being a strong possibility. (Joey Logano & Sam Hornish were other mentions)
one of the stronger points they made outside of just listing possible Free Agents, was the sponsor. They said the Sponsor has been pretty much beat up in the last couple years with their drivers, & Ryan Newman is a strong Family man & values. I wasnt putting much stock into anything they were saying up til that point. I thought that was a good point, which made me think that could be a possiblity as all of the owners want to please their sponsors.
Some food for thought atleast.