John Edwards, NWR Driver, Feels “Out of His League” At Baseball Event
01.07.2009: Throwing a curve at the Race car driver
What makes Newman Wachs Racing driver, John Edwards, nervous
Throwing a curve at the Race car driver
What makes Newman Wachs Racing driver, John Edwards, nervous these days? Edwards joined Entergy Nuclear CEO, Mike Kansler, in throwing out the first pitches at the Mississippi Braves baseball game in Jackson, Miss., at the “Nuclear Clean Air Energy” Night on June 26.
This task caused some apprehension for Edwards; the 18-year old from Cincinnati, OH, who would much rather guide his Atlantic Championship race car at nearly 170 mph than throw a baseball in front of thousands of eager fans. Fortunately, both Edwards and Kansler both made quick work out of the traditional opening act of America’s pastime, and joined nearly 4,000 fans as they watched the Mississippi Braves go down to the Birmingham Barons in the closing innings.
I’m just glad I didn’t bounce the pitch on the way to home plate, and I’m proud to be here to promote a good cause– the benefits of nuclear energy,” a smiling Edwards said.
It was a night of food, fun, and fireworks at Trustmark Park, home to the Mississippi Braves, a farm team of the Atlanta organization, as Edwards, team owner Eddie Wachs, and the Entergy-sponsored race car helped to spread the message about the benefits of “Nuclear Clean Air Energy” to the fans attending. The event was also an opportunity for Entergy employees at Entergy’s national nuclear headquarters in Jackson and their nearby nuclear power facility, Grand Gulf Nuclear Station, to meet their driver, see the race car and enjoy the baseball game.
“We are racers in the first order but we are also nuclear energy proponents as well. Racing, clean electricity production and baseball were a great combination to promote together on this night,” stated Wachs.
Entergy, the Nuclear Energy Institute, and NWR are enjoying their second year of a beneficial partnership that combines the highly visible motorsports arena and the need to promote an important message. Nuclear energy supplies electricity to one out of every five homes and businesses in the United States. The production of nuclear power produces no carbon emissions and no greenhouse gases. It accounts for 71% of America’s carbon-free source generation. The importance of this message has led to the partnership between NWR and the nation’s second largest nuclear fleet operator, Entergy.
Edwards drives the #36 MAZDASPEED/ Nuclear Clean Air Energy/ Entergy/ Newman Wachs Racing Swift 016 in the Atlantic Championship Series and currently sits 3rd in Championship standings. He won the season-opener in Sebring, FL and finished 2nd in Salt Lake City. Next up for Edwards and the team is Round 5 of the Championship at Lime Rock Park, CT July 18.
Newman Wachs Racing was founded by the late actor, Paul Newman and business leader, Eddie Wachs. Based just outside Chicago, NWR is in its fourth season on the Atlantic Championship series with two “Nuclear. Clean Air Energy” cars supported by MAZDASPEED, along with the Nuclear Energy Institute and Entergy Corporation. Newman Wachs Racing heads into its fourth year of competition in the Atlantic Series in 2009. In its four years of competition, NWR has earned 1 pole position, 4 victories, 9 podium finishes, and 17 top-fives. 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 power more than 10 million homes in Arkansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York and Vermont. www.entergy-nuclear.com
Conquest Racing -Special Feature In the first part of this special feature, Alex Tagliani told about his experiences at the Indy 500 up until Bump Day. In this second and final part he shares what happened a couple of hours after being bumped as well as some more of his ‘Indy firsts’, like the Last Row Party and, of course, Race Day.It w weiter >>
After a strong performance in qualifying Friday night for the Bombardier Learjet 550k at Texas Motor Speedway, Conquest Racing and driver Alex Tagliani kept their form and stayed out of trouble Saturday night while bringing the #34 Rexall Edmonton Indy/King Tut car home in 14th place.Tagliani, who was taking part in only his second oval race of the season and first on a 1.5-mi weiter >>
The following is a series of stats, notes and quotes from Conquest Racing for this weekend’s Bombardier Learjet 550k at Texas Motor Speedway. Bombardier Learjet 550kTexas Motor Speedway, 1.5-mile ovalJune 4 - 6, 2009, Race #6 of 17Race Distance: 228 lapsLive Broadcast: (US) VERSUS 9:00 p.m. ET, (Canada) TSN2 9:00 p.m. ET weiter >>
Conquest Racing’s Alex Tagliani was honored last night at the 2009 Indy 500 Victory Banquet. After an excellent performance on Sunday from him and his team that allowed him to move up from 33rd on the grid to 11th, Tagliani was selected as the 2009 Chase Rookie of the Year, given to the outstanding first year driver in the 2009 Indianapolis 500 Mile Race. He was presented with a $25 000 b weiter >>
Conquest Racing and Conrad Indianapolis, the city’s first true luxury hotel, have formed a partnership that will see the #36 entry sport the Conrad Indianapolis’ logo during this year’s Indy 500.“With the Indianapolis 500 being such a vital part of our community, we are so proud to be represented on the famed oval this Sunday. And we weiter >>
Conquest Racing announced late Sunday night that they will be replacing Bruno Junqueira aboard the #36 Conquest entry with the team’s primary driver Alex Tagliani for this year's Indianapolis 500. The following are statements from the drivers and team principle.Eric Bachelart, Conquest Racing Team Owner“We had the chance to qualify two excellent dr weiter >>
Conquest Racing’s Alex Tagliani was the fourth fastest qualifier today during the third day of qualifying for the 2009 Indianapolis 500. The Canadian’s four-lap average of 220.553 mph placed him 26th overall on the provisional grid.Conquest’s Tagliani was one of 14 cars vying for one of the 11 remaining positions in the field. After struggling a little with a weiter >>
...at Indy 500 for Bruno Junqueira Conquest Racing and All Sport, Inc. are pleased to announce that they will be fielding an entry for 2002 Indy 500 pole sitter Bruno Junqueira at this year’s Indianapolis 500.“We are very excited to have Bruno join the team” shared team owner Eric Bachelart weiter >>
Conquest Racing and Alex Tagliani took part in their last full day of practice today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the final weekend of qualifying for the 2009 Indianapolis 500 getting underway tomorrow. Tagliani continued to progress following yesterday’s session and found himself 11th overall at the end of the day and fourth among the non-qualified drivers.Tagliani weiter >>
Conquest Racing and Alex Tagliani were back on track today preparing for this weekend’s qualifying session. Tagliani, who was back in his car for a full day of practice since his crash last weekend, ended the session on a high leaving him wanting more. Tag ended the day 21st overall, and fourth fastest of the non-qualified drivers.Practice resumes, Friday, May 15 at noon, weat weiter >>
Conquest Racing driver Alex Tagliani took advantage of a day off-track to pay a visit to a couple of elementary schools on Wednesday. The visit was part of a school tour program designed to raise awareness about the “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” exhibition that will be at the Indianapolis Children’s Museum from June to October of this year. weiter >>
Conquest Racing has welcomed a new partner to its family of sponsors for the 2009 Indianapolis 500 with Forté Healthy Energy Shot™ joining the team as an associate sponsor on the #34 Conquest car.“We’re very happy to welcome Forté Healthy Energy Shot to our team and introduce them to the world of racing,” said Conquest team owne weiter >>
Conquest Racing completed their first week of practice today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during Fast Friday. The team has progressed well over the course of the week in preparation for this weekend’s first and second day’s of qualifying for the 2009 Indianapolis 500. D weiter >>
- AmazingMail and LifeLock also on board as associate sponsors of the #34 car -In addition to unveiling the new King Tut livery of its #34 Dallara Tuesday, Conquest Racing announced the return of Northlands and its premier event, the Rexall Edmonton Indy as title sponsor for the 2009 Indianapolis 500. The team also revealed the signing of AmazingMail and LifeLock fo weiter >>
- Canadian confirmed by Conquest Racing as driver of #34 car -As a kid at the age of 10, when his grandfather bought him his first go-kart, Alex Tagliani never thought that he would one day sit in an indy car at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Now, 26 years later, when he straps himself into his Conquest Racing Dallara on May 5 for rookie orientation, that long tim weiter >>
- The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Signs as Associate Sponsor - Conquest Racing and Rubicon Sports Agency announce the signing of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis as a major associate sponsor for the 2009 Indianapolis 500 with the upcoming King Tut exhibition “Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs” as the fo weiter >>
Conquest Racing was looking strong today at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The team ran with the front-runners for most of the race but an untimely yellow hampered the team’s chances of finishing up front. However, Alex Tagliani still gave the team their second consecutive top-ten finish of the season.After a hectic start at the season-opening race two weeks ago, the sta weiter >>
Conquest Racing continued its string of qualifying in the top nine for a third consecutive race today. Canadian Alex Tagliani placed his #34 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino / The Joint car in ninth on tomorrow’s grid for the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.Tagliani went on track as part of Group 2 in Round 1 of qualifying and spent the first part of the session hovering aro weiter >>
Conquest Racing has joined in the battle to end breast cancer. The IndyCar Series team in collaboration with ODW Logistics presented a $10,000 check to the Orange County Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. In addition to the weiter >>
.... for Grand Prix of Long Beach Conquest Racing and the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas are teaming up at this weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Conquest Racing will be promoting the Hard Rock’s all new state of the art concert venue, The Joint, which opens this month in Las Vegas."The Grand Prix of Long weiter >>
The following is a series of news items including sponsor announcements, stats, notes and quotes from Conquest Racing for this weekend’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Toyota Grand Prix of Long BeachStreets of Long Beach, 1.968-mile, 11-turn street courseApril 17 - 19, 2009, Race #2 of 17Race Distance: 83 lapsLive Broadcast weiter >>
After a competitive weekend of racing in St. Petersburg last week, Conquest Racing continues to move forward with their 2009 plans. In another step towards achieving their immediate and future goals, the team today announced that it has called upon the services of the newly formed Rubicon Sports Agency to oversee the team’s commercial department. Recently created by Rubicon Ra weiter >>
In the past three years, popular American racer Ryan Hunter-Reay has won in Indy Car, Champ Car, CART and Sports Cars. He’s won on road courses, street courses and ovals. The last three years have also been the most challenging of his career, having faced more than his fair share of ‘challenges’ to stay at the top level of motorsports in the United States. Ho weiter >>
Conquest Racing’s Alex Tagliani was one of the stories of the day today with his performance aboard the Rexall Edmonton Indy car during qualifying for the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The Series’ lone Canadian, who found out on Monday that he would be racing in St. Petersburg, placed seventh ahead of Series Champion Scott Dixon, with only three practice sessions under his bel weiter >>
The following is a series of stats, notes and quotes from Conquest Racing for this weekend’s Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Honda Grand Prix of St. PetersburgStreets of St. Petersburg, 1.8-mile, 14-turn street courseApril 3 - 6, 2009, Race #1 of 17Race Distance: 100 lapsLive Broadcast: Versus 2:00 p.m. ET weiter >>
....At IndyCar Series Race In St. PetersburgConquest Racing announced today that it has signed a partnership agreement with Northlands that will see the Edmonton-based organization and one of its signature events, the Rexall Edmonton Indy, become the primary sponsor of the #34 Conquest Racing car for this weekend’s season opening Honda Grand Pri weiter >>
Conquest Racing completed their first open test of the season tonight at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The team used the two-day test, that was deemed productive, to try out different setups on their #34 Dallara in preparation for the upcoming season.The team, who called upon 2008 driver Jaime Camara for this test, learned different things during their on-track sessions and accomplished weiter >>
The following is a statement from Conquest Racing in response to a story that was posted on Speedtv.com. Eric Bachelart, Conquest Racing team owner: “No matter how hard the current economic situation is making things for us in the racing world and everywhere else, never once did I think of closing the doors of Conquest Racing. I had two options i weiter >>
Conquest Racing played host yesterday to a group of students from University High School (located in Carmel, Indiana) who are following a three-week course in entrepreneurship. The goal of the visit was to give the students a look in weiter >>
Enthusiastic racer, Alex Tagliani, has certainly proved his skill behind the wheel this past racing season; Starting from the front row in a Champ car in Long Beach; winning at Edmonton in a Canadian NASCAR and finishing fourth in the Nikon Indy 300 in Australia, his second IndyCar Series road course event. Karting will only be the fourth professional level racing series he will compete in duri weiter >>
Surfers Paradise, Australia
Alex Tagliani is sporting a specially designed Conrad Jupiters themed helmet at this weekend’s Nikon Indy 300. However, the helmet won’t be his to keep at the end of the weekend as Tagliani auctioned it off at last night’s Indy Gala Ball in order to raise money for the Gold Coast Hospital Foundation Children’s Ward. The helmet we weiter >>
- Canadian Tagliani to start seventh with Camara 20th on the grid -
Conquest Racing scored its best IndyCar Series start of the season today, with a seventh place by Alex Tagliani during qualifying for the Nikon Indy 300. Tagliani’s teammate, Camara, despite showing much improvement from his last street course, will be starting 20th.
Conquest Racing announced today that it has signed a title sponsorship with Sanctuary Cove, Australia’s leading lifestyle residential community development, for this weekend’s Nikon Indy 300.
Sanctuary Cove’s logo will be displayed prominently on the side pods, rear wing and engine cover of the #36 Conquest Dallara driven by Alex Tagliani. The partnership is fitt weiter >>
The following is a series of stats, notes and quotes from Conquest Racing for this weekend’s Nikon Indy 300 on the streets of Surfers Paradise, Australia.
Nikon Indy 300
Streets of Surfers Paradise, 2.795 miles, 14-turn street course
October 24 – 26, 2008, Race #18
Race Distance: 60 laps (or 1 hour 50 minutes)
Live Broadcast weiter >>
Conquest Racing is pleased to announce that it has renewed its technical partnership with Voxdale, a design and engineering firm based in Belgium, for the 2009 IndyCar Series season. The partnership consists of providing Conquest Ra weiter >>
- Team instills new ‘Accept No Limits’ philosophy and appoints key personnel -
With the 2008 season coming to an end, the Conquest Racing team has begun work on 2009 by taking on a new direction with the implementation of the team’s "Accept No Limits" business philosophy and by appointing marketing and sales veterans to the Conquest Marketing Depar weiter >>
- Alex Tagliani takes season best of 12th with Camara 18th -
Conquest Racing registered its best oval finish of the season today at the PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway with a satisfying 12th place finish by newcomer to the IndyCar Series Alex Tagliani. His teammate Jaime Camara wasn’t as fortunate having to battle his car but the Bra weiter >>
Conquest Racing put in one of their best combined oval qualifying performances of the year today during the qualifications for the PEAK Anitfreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.
Jaime Camara recorded his best starting position of the season with the 17th spot on the grid while new teammate Alex Tagliani will make his return to oval racing with a 19th pla weiter >>
The 36 Conquest Racing machine driven by Canadian Alex Tagliani will feature two new sponsors this weekend at the PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300. Ubisoft and Sennheiser, long time partners of Tagliani, will be prominently placed on the sidepods and engine cover of the Conquest car.
"We’re pleased to welcome world renowned companies Ubisoft and Sennheiser weiter >>
The following is a series of stats, notes and quotes from Conquest Racing for this weekend’s PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway.
PEAK Antifreeze and Motor Oil Indy 300
Chicagoland Speedway, 1.5-mile, D weiter >>
Conquest Racing announced today that Alex Tagliani will be returning to the cockpit of the Conquest Racing machine as a replacement for the injured Enrique Bernoldi for this weekend’s upcoming race at Chicagoland Speedway. In addition, Conquest has elected to sign Tagliani for the final event of the season at Surfers Paradise due to his vast experience at the Gold Coast street ci weiter >>
- Tagliani registers sixth fastest lap of race but is sidelined by mechanical woes; Camara taken out by contact -
It was a busy weekend for Conquest Racing in Detroit after making a driver change late Friday afternoon due to an injury to Enrique Bernoldi and calling up veteran race car driver Alex Tagliani to fill in. The team was hoping to count weiter >>
It was a late night and a hectic morning for the Conquest crew as they were busy fitting Alex Tagliani into the #36 car, as a substitute to the injured Enrique Bernoldi.
Despite a very short night of sleep, Tagliani put in a more than respectable performance during qualifying today for the Detroit Indy Grand Prix considering he only had 22 laps under his belt aboard the weiter >>
Conquest Racing announced today that it has replaced Brazilian Enrique Bernoldi, who is out with an injury, with veteran Canadian race car driver Alex Tagliani for the Detroit Indy Grand Prix Presented by Firestone this weekend.
Bernoldi initially injured his left hand thumb during a spin caused by a suspension failure in Sonoma last week. He was able to fight th weiter >>
- Bernoldi takes 21st with Camara 24th -
It was a race of strategy and little passing today at the PEAK Antifreeze & Motor Oil Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma County. Conquest Racing was counting on a different race strategy to improve positions, but so were most of the other teams which left the Conquest drivers Enrique Bernoldi and Jaime Camara respectively 21st a weiter >>
Peak Antifreeze and Motor Oil Grand Prix of Sonoma
MARIO DOMINGUEZ, #96 Moorefield Construction/PCM/Honda/Dallara/Firestone
Practice 3 11th 1:18.3235 105.853
Mario on the race: "We had a good car and good pace today. I think our strategy was good too, so I’ve got to hand it to the guys, they set-us weiter >>
Franck Perera showed once again why he is considered one of the very best racing drivers on the American scene, with a truly dominant performance in Sonoma, California.
With an ill-functioning fuel pump late in the 45-minute qualifyi weiter >>