Summerton scores 2nd victory of 2009 at Mid-Ohio

Summerton scores 2nd victory of 2009 at Mid-Ohio

09.08.2009: Newman Wachs Racing started 1-2 for today’s Atlantic Championship race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and pole sitter Jonathan Summerton brought home the team’s fourth victory this season. Teammate

Newman Wachs Racing started 1-2 for today’s Atlantic Championship race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and pole sitter Jonathan Summerton brought home the team’s fourth victory this season. Teammate John Edwards suffered at the starting lights, nearly stalling the car and falling back to seventh. He tangled with another competitor in turn two which effectively ended his day. He was officially classified 10th.
 

The race for Summerton could not have gone better. He led every lap and held off Simona De Silvestro to claim his 4th career Atlantic Championship win. It was not an easy race by any means, as several times throughout the 50 minute event, De Silvestro attempted to pass but could not get it done.

Summerton, a native of Kissimmee, FL was able to keep her in his mirrors and drove a clean, consistent race. He turned the fastest lap of the race with one to go, and while it doesn’t earn him a bonus point, it was matter of pride for the young driver. Summerton currently sits 3rd in overall standings with 113, and has gained ground on teammate Edwards.


Jonathan Summerton, #34 Nuclear Clean Air Energy/ Entergy/ NEI/ Newman Wachs Racing: (P1; Fastest Lap 1.12.970)


“Once again I have to thank the team first and foremost. When we arrived here for our test day on Thursday we weren’t quickest, and we had some work to do. We fought our way back up and for qualifying we got the car just right. I had a clean start and I knew we had a car that could be good to the end. Simona and I had a scary moment when we entered turn two and nearly collected each other on the first lap.

We both didn’t anticipate the lack of grip and we both missed our braking points. After that, I just tried to drive consistently and save my tires. I wasn’t trying to pull away or push too much. Simona drove a hard, fair race and I appreciate that. At the end I knew my tires were good so I decided to go for it and that is when I turned the fastest lap of the race. It was a good day, and we’ve got to keep this up.”
             
                                                    

Edwards’ race did not end in as much fanfare, and the hometown boy from Cincinnati wasn’t able to bring home the finish he had hoped. At the standing start, he nearly stalled the car and fell back to 7th entering the first turn. He made a pass on Frankie Muniz, entering the ‘keyhole’ (turn two) and then suddenly was hit from behind upon exiting.

He was able to limp his Swift 016 around the track to the pits where crew members changed the left front toe link. Under full-course yellow, he only went one lap down, but his race was effectively over. He was the only car on his lap but stayed out and turned very competitive lap times before a gearbox failure ultimately ended his day on lap 25. He still maintains the 2nd position in the Championship with 119.

John Edwards, #36 MAZDASPEED/ Nuclear Clean Air Energy/ Entergy/ NEI/ Newman Wachs Racing: (P2; Fastest Lap 1.13.150)


“We were really quick today. I’m not really sure what happened at the start but it ruined what would have been another 1-2 finish for the team. But congrats to Jonathan for his win today and we’ll move on to next weekend.”

 

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 4 pole positions, 7 victories, 10 podium finishes, and 18 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
 

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