Edwards scores pole during nail-biting qualifying session at Laguna Seca

10.10.2009: In an epic battle for the championship, Newman Wachs Racing driver John Edwards scored his third pole position of the year in the 2009 Atlantic Championship on his way to setting a new track record at Mazda

In an epic battle for the championship, Newman Wachs Racing driver John Edwards scored his third pole position of the year in the 2009 Atlantic Championship on his way to setting a new track record at Mazda Raceway earlier this morning.

In addition to the premiere starting position, Edwards also wins a valuable bonus point, which brings him even closer to teammate Jonathan Summerton and points leader Simona De Silvestro.

Edwards edged his teammate Summerton by a mere five-hundredths of a second in the closing laps to make it the fourth time this season the NWR pair starts 1-2. De Silvestro starts 5th in tomorrow’s season finale.


John Edwards, #36 MAZDASPEED/ Nuclear Clean Air Energy/ Entergy/ NEI/ Newman Wachs Racing: (1.15.444; 106.792 mph)

“I think qualifying here at Laguna was more exciting than any of the races we’ve had so far. I crossed the line and I knew was a couple of hundredths (of a second) ahead of Jonathan (Summerton), and on my last lap, I had a mistake in ‘The Corkscrew’ so it wasn’t quicker.

The team took forever to tell me if I got pole or not. Actually, it was only a matter of five seconds, but it seemed like a lifetime to me, waiting to hear if I got it. It was a really happy celebration on the cool-down lap, but now we’re going back to business, because that’s only part of the race.

We only got one point for this and there are 20 available for a win. We’re looking forward to the race and we might have a chance at this championship after all with Simona where she’s starting.”


 
Jonathan Summerton, #34 Nuclear Clean Air Energy/ Entergy/ NEI/ Newman Wachs Racing: (1.15.495; 106.720 mph)


“Definitely, starting on the front row should be good. Hopefully, we’ll have a good start and we can pull away. I know we had the time, but the car was a little bit off. It was not quite where we wanted it to be, but it’s great to be up front. The way things are, it’s looking pretty good.”

 

Newman Wachs Racing was founded by the late actor and philanthropist, Paul Newman, along with Eddie Wachs. Wachs is a veteran racer, prominent motorsport figure, and entrepreneurial business owner. Based just outside Chicago, NWR is in its fourth season in the Atlantic Championship Series fielding two “Nuclear Clean Air Energy” cars. The team is supported by MAZDASPEED, along with the Nuclear Energy Institute and Entergy Corporation. In its four successful years of competition, NWR has earned 9 victories, 20 podium finishes, 29 top-fives and 6 pole positions.

www.newmanwachsracing.com

 

The MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development program has identified the Atlantic Championship Series as the top rung of the open-wheel ladder and supports drivers at all stages of their racing careers. Starting with the Skip Barber Series and ending with Atlantics, the backing from Mazda is essential to young drivers’ in their path to the top. The MAZDASPEED ladder grants a scholarship to the Champion of every supported Series, allowing them a chance to make the jump up and continue to live out their dream of becoming a professional racing driver. www.mazdausa.com

The Nuclear Energy Institute is the policy organization of the nuclear energy and technologies industry and participates in both the national and global policy-making process. NEI’s objective is to ensure the formation of policies that promote the beneficial uses of nuclear energy and technologies in the United States and around the world. www.nei.org

Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, has annual revenues of more than $13 billion and approximately 14,700 employees. Entergy is the second-largest nuclear generator in North America and safely operates plants that provide power in Arkansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York and Vermont. www.entergy-nuclear.com
 
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