Edwards takes on a bear-wins $2,000 for charity

Edwards takes on a bear-wins $2,000 for charity

10.07.2009: Newman Wachs Racing driver John Edwards got behind the wheel of a slightly less-powerful machine on Wednesday. Rather than his usual 300 hp Swift 016, he hopped into a 10 hp go-kart just

Newman Wachs Racing driver John Edwards got behind the wheel of a slightly less-powerful machine on Wednesday. Rather than his usual 300 hp Swift 016, he hopped into a 10 hp go-kart just outside of Harrah’s casino in Joliet, IL to drive in a charity race with fellow MAZDASPEED Motorsports development drivers Jason Saini and Eric Foss. The event was held as part of the Summer of Luck Celebration to promote the Harrah’s Autobahn Grand Prix presented by Mazda on July 25-26. 
 

Yesterday’s go-kart challenge divided participants into two groups: the professionals and the celebrities. In the professional group were the three MAZDASPEED drivers: Edwards, Saini and Foss, who both drive for Tri-Point Racing in Speed World Challenge. Also in the group was Speed World Challenge driver Brad Kubinski as well as the legendary Indy 500 winner Bobby Rahal.

In the celebrity group were Harrah’s president Darren Van Dover, local DJ “Freak,” Autobahn Founder and President Mark Basso, veteran Chicago broadcaster Paul Brian, and former Chicago Bear and Hall of Famer Dan Hampton. Each group had an individual race and then all ten drivers took to the 1/8 mile asphalt oval. There were some tight battles amongst the professionals and celebrities but ultimately John Edwards came out victorious. He won $2,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund.




Edwards noted, “It was a really fun time out there with everyone. Everybody was giving it their all and really fighting for their favorite charity. It was a great opportunity for all of us to get together and promote the race next month, but also for a good cause. It was a tough race but ultimately I came out on top…now let’s just hope we can do the same later this month at Autobahn!”

 

Turn one of the Feature race.
 
Edwards drives the #36 MAZDASPEED/ Nuclear Clean Air Energy/ Entergy/ NEI entry for Newman Wachs Racing in the Atlantic Championship and will be racing in the team’s home state later this month. He is currently 3rd in standings after winning the season-opener in Sebring, FL and finishing 2nd in Salt Lake City in May.

Next up for Edwards and the NWR team is Round 5 of the Atlantic Championship in Lime Rock, CT July 17-18 followed by Rounds 6 & 7 at Harrah’s Autobahn Grand Prix presented by Mazda.
 

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 provide power in Arkansas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Mississippi, Nebraska, New York and Vermont.
www.entergy-nuclear.com


-  Aislinn Miller -   also photos

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