Redemption for Niemela as he turns fastest lap of race at NJMP ...

15.06.2009: It was another tough battle today at New Jersey Motorsports Park as the Atlantic Championship Series held the 2nd of a double-header weekend at the Mazda Formula X event. NWR drivers Markus

... on his way to 4th; Edwards 6th

 It was another tough battle today at New Jersey Motorsports Park as the Atlantic Championship Series held the 2nd of a double-header weekend at the Mazda Formula X event. NWR drivers Markus Niemela and John Edwards finished the day in 4th, and 6th, respectively after a challenging weekend.
 
Niemela started 3rd after Frederic Vervisch was penalized two positions for blocking during yesterday’s qualification. Niemela got a great start and followed 2nd place Jonathan Summerton and leader Simona De Silvestro closely into turn one. He was able to stay close but Vervisch got around him to claim 3rd, passing him in turn three. After everyone settled in, the reminder of the race was pretty un-eventful.   The young Finn did not give up without a fight; he turned the fastest lap of the race with just eight laps remaining.

Markus Niemela #1 Mr. Jones/ Nuclear Clean Air Energy/ Entergy/ Newman Wachs Racing: (P4)


“It’s too bad we missed the podium again, but I was just too slow during the first part of the race. In the beginning I was struggling to get used to the new set-up of the car. I did get a really good start but then fell back to 4th on the first lap. In the end I was really fast when I got used to the car and it feels nice to have a fastest lap! At the end I was consistently fastest, which is quite positive, so we’ll take that away from this weekend."


Edwards fought for 5th place for the entire race with Borja Garcia, but wasn’t able to make the pass. He had to settle for 6th, which drops him to 3rd in Championship standings. We are not even to the halfway point in the season yet, with a lot more racing to go, so don’t count out Edwards.
 

John Edwards, #36 MAZDASPEED/ Nuclear Clean Air Energy/ Entergy/ Newman Wachs Racing: (P6)


“We were just struggling for pace all weekend. I was just following Borja (Garcia) and couldn’t get close enough to pass…but some of that is just the nature of the track. It’s really too bad for us. Everyone is going to have their off-weekends, but ours just happened to be on a weekend where there were double points available. We’ll come back from this and I’m sure everyone else will have their “off-moments” as well, putting us right back in the mix of things.”


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, 7 podium finishes, and 11 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 8.86 million homes in Arkansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York and Vermont.
www.entergy-nuclear.com



 Aislinn Miller

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