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With the announcement that Brad Keselowski will move to Roush Fenway Racing in 2022 to drive the team's No. 6, Ryan Newman has been cast firmly into the NASCAR Cup Series free agent pool. Given Newman's circumstances, his outlook for next season is difficult to project.

At 43 and a veteran of 20 full-time seasons, Newman is one of the oldest and longest-tenured drivers in Cup. He has not won a race since 2017, and that win at Phoenix is his one and only since 2014. Earlier in August at Indianapolis, a 10th place finish marked only his fourth Top 10 of the season and his sixth since the start of 2020.

As such, Newman's future is very much shrouded in uncertainty. In a story by Nate Ryan of NBC Sports, Newman admitted as much prior to the Cup Series' most recent race.

"I really don't know," Newman said of his prospects for 2022. "I'd be interested in running full time with the right team and the right people. But I don't know what there is available for that. I think at this point anybody can speculate on the possibilities."

Although there has already been significant driver and team movement ahead of next season, the Silly Season rumor mill has seemingly excluded Newman with one exception: The door is open for him to continue driving for Roush Fenway Racing in a reduced capacity, as Roush Fenway President Steve Newmark shared in July that the team was interested in having Newman back in a part-time ride next season.

"We've talked to (Newman) about whether he'd be interested in a part-time role with us, kind of what he wants to do next year, and I think it's fair to say he's still trying to make that decision on what's his best path and what his best course is, so I don't think he has a timeline on deciding when he's gonna kind of solidify his plans for 2022," Newmark said in a July press conference announcing Keselowski's move to Roush Fenway.

Despite the uncertainty that he faces, Newman expressed great perspective on his racing future -- perspective informed by a near-death experience in the 2020 Daytona 500, where Newman survived a horrific crash that saw him get hit in the driver's side roof while upside down.

Since then, Newman has and continues to talk about how that experience has influenced his outlook on his career and life alike.

"I try to plan things out, but in the end, I'm trying to maintain a good attitude with the people around me and the situation I've got and go forward and whatever happens will happen," Newman said.

With two races left to go before the NASCAR Playoffs, Newman currently sits 26th in the points standings, with winning a race being his only avenue left towards earning the opportunity to race for a championship. Newman has two career wins at Michigan, but none since 2004, and he has crashed out of both of his return trips to Daytona since February of 2020.