Ryan Newman is known for his ninja-fast qualifying laps, and now he has a new weapon to help bring home the victory at Charlotte Motor Speedway – Raphael, the tough guy and brawler of Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Turtles.

Nickelodeon announced today that Newman will be driving a special No. 39 Quicken Loans Chevrolet featuring Raphael the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle for the Sprint Cup Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 13, 2012.

“I’m really looking forward to driving the Quicken Loans Chevrolet with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the car,” Newman said.  “It is always fun to do something different, and I appreciate sponsors like Quicken Loans who are willing to have a little fun with the car and make things like this promotion happen.  Hopefully I can be the hero in a half-shell in victory lane next Saturday night.”

Earlier this week, Quicken Loans, the nation’s largest online mortgage lender, announced that it will be returning to NASCAR in 2013 as Ryan Newman and the No. 39 car’s primary sponsor, sponsoring a total of 18 races.  To celebrate, Quicken Loans launched the Skip-a-Year Sweepstakes, which will pay up to five entrants’ mortgages for a full year.  Fans can register at www.qlracing.com

The famous turtles – Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello and Michelangelo -- will bring their fast-action, high-adventure style of fun to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for a weekend of family entertainment, including:

  • Special 500 Pre-Race Show presented by Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, featuring free concerts with Victoria Justice and Big & Rich – Enjoy special concerts with Nickelodeon star Victoria Justice, the star of Nickelodeon’s hit series Victorious and the feature film Fun Size, and Grammy nominated duo Big & Rich, along with a daredevil stunt by high-wire walker Nik Wallenda. Special front stage passes are available for adults and children for each show at 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Family Section, Fun Zone and POWERADE PLAY ZONE  – Immerse your family in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles adventures with a seat in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Family Section, located in Turn Four of Charlotte Motor Speedway and visit the unique Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Family Fun Zone in the Turn Four Family Section Concourse, where there will be appearances by the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, games, activities and photo opportunities for fans young and old.  Throughout race day, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will visit the POWERADE Play Zone in the frontstretch fan area for photo opps, Ninja adventures and fun.
  • Unique broadcast of the race for young fans – Led by young fans of NASCAR and available exclusively on PRN and Nickelodeon channels, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles broadcast will have a special announcing team of young NASCAR stars covering the race from the broadcast booth and pit road.  The broadcast will be available at www.GoPRN.com and through the track broadcast.
  • Kids’ Driver Autograph and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Lunch Party – See the stars of the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for a fun lunch event under the Ford Grandstand on Friday, October 12.  Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse and Elliott Sadler are scheduled to appear.  Tickets are $20 per child and the event is limited to the first 750 kids.  Participants receive a free Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle backpack.

Special ticket packages for Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles invasion of Charlotte Motor Speedway include the Family Four-Pack with tickets for two adults and two kids in the smoke- and alcohol-free Family Section, priced at $118. Children's tickets are free to the Dollar General 300 with an adult purchase. All children must have a ticket.  For tickets and information call 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.

About the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Nickelodeon launches an all-new, CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. (ET/PT) in a special one-hour television event, bringing the turtles up from the sewers with the mythology and comedic sensibility for a new generation of fans. The series stars Jason Biggs (American Pie) as “Leonardo,” Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings) as “Raphael,” Rob Paulsen (Planet Sheen) as “Donatello” and Greg Cipes (Teen Titans) as “Michelangelo.” Additional cast members rounding out this iconic hit franchise include Mae Whitman (Parenthood) as “April O’Neil,” Hoon Lee (Royal Pains) as “Master Splinter” and Kevin Michael Richardson (Penguins of Madagascar) as “Shredder.” The half-hour weekly series is layered with action, fantasy and comedy and draws inspiration from both American and Japanese animation, showcasing a stylistic effect of a printed comic.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will air regularly on Saturdays at 11 a.m. (ET/PT).

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 33rd year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books, and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 17 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit www.nickpress.com. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIA.B).  For more information on the upcoming Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series premiere, visit http://nickpress.com/tmnt

About Charlotte Motor Speedway

For more than 50 years, Charlotte Motor Speedway has set the standard for motorsports entertainment for fans of all ages. Charlotte Motor Speedway is the only race vacation destination where fans can immerse themselves in the heart of NASCAR country. Visitors can attend one-of-a-kind race spectacles such as the Bank of America 500, the Coca-Cola 600 and the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race; take behind-the-scenes speedway and race shop tours; explore the new NASCAR Hall of Fame; and drive an 800-horsepower stock car.

The Bank of America 500 is the only Saturday night race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship. Adding to the drama and excitement, the event also serves as a homecoming for drivers and race teams, 90 percent of which are based within a two-hour drive of the legendary 1.5-mile superspeedway.

For ticket and camping information, call 1-800-455-FANS (3267). To stay up to date with everything going on at the Greatest Place to See the Race, log on to www.charlottemotorspeedway.com or connect with Charlotte Motor Speedway on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CLTMotorSpdwy or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/charlottemotorspeedway.

About Quicken Loans
Detroit-based Quicken Loans Inc. is the nation’s largest online home lender and fourth largest retail lender. The company closed a record $30 billion in retail home loan volume across all 50 states in 2011. Quicken Loans generates loan production from five web centers located in Detroit, Ohio and Arizona. The company also operates a centralized loan processing facility in Detroit, as well as its San Diego-based One Reverse Mortgage unit. Quicken Loans ranked #1 in customer satisfaction among all home mortgage lenders in the United States by J.D. Power and Associates in 2010 and 2011.

“QuickenLoans.com” has been named “Best of the Web” by Forbes and Money magazines. The company ranked in the top 10 of FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” in 2012 and has placed among the top 30 companies on FORTUNE’s list for the past nine years. It ranked in the top 15 of Computerworld magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work In Technology” for eight years in a row, ranking in the top 5 in 2012. Quicken Loans was named #1 in the Detroit Free Press’ ‘Best Places to Work in Michigan’ List in 2010 and 2011. The company has moved its headquarters and more than 6,500 team members to downtown Detroit. Another 500 team members are expected to move to downtown Detroit by early 2013. For more information about Quicken Loans, please visit us on the web at www.quickenloans.com, on Twitter at @QLnews, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/QuickenLoans.