16 Ryan NEWMAN
13th place; 0 wins; 15 top 10s
HIS FIVE poles were second only to Jeff Gordon's seven, but Flyin' Ryan never
overcame a slow start that had him 24th in the points at the end of April. His
five top 10s in the Chase could portend better things.
17 Jeff BURTON
8th place; 1 win; 18 top 10s
THE unflappable Burton looked like a Cup contender through the first three
months of '07. Now he and crew chief Scott Miller need to overcome the handling
issues that hurt them for much of last season.
18 Sam HORNISH
EXPECT the two-time IndyCar Series champ to struggle in his first year until he
learns how to handle his car. There's no doubting his talent, though, and he
should be the top rookie of '08.
19 Kasey KAHNE
19th place; 0 wins; 8 top 10s
HE WAS compromised in '07 by faulty testing data and owner Ray Evernham's weak
CoT program. But with a tough year of learning under his belt, the talented
Kahne could produce another big season.
THIS IS one high-profile rookie: The reigning IndyCar champ and Indy 500
winner, Franchitti is married to Ashley Judd. He's also a road-course ace,
who'll be a threat to win at Infineon and the Glen.