Summerton nabs 3rd pole position of the year at Mosport for Newman Wachs Racing

29.08.2009: Newman Wachs Racing driver Jonathan Summerton will start on pole for tomorrow’s Atlantic Championship race at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario. He finished at the top of the charts

Newman Wachs Racing driver Jonathan Summerton will start on pole for tomorrow’s Atlantic Championship race at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario.

He finished at the top of the charts by over three-tenths of a second following today’s qualifying session which started out under wet conditions but dried out towards the end. This is Summerton’s 3rd pole position this season and 4th in his Atlantic career. Teammate John Edwards, who was very quick in practice, will have to start on row two tomorrow, as he qualified 4th.

This marks the first time since 1994 that the Atlantic Championship Series has visited the historic 2.459-mile circuit. Boasting past winners such as Jacques Villeneuve and Bobby Rahal, Mosport is the fastest course on the Atlantic schedule. With average speeds above 125mph, it has quickly become a favorite of the drivers in their Swift 016 machines. 

Both Summerton and Edwards were fast out of the box upon arriving at Mosport. They split the number one spot during the two test sessions on Thursday, with their fastest lap time only separated by eight-thousandths of a second. Friday’s practice left the NWR pair 2nd and 3rd, but each improved the car with every outing and they felt confident for today’s qualification.

Throwing a wrench in the team’s accomplishment in testing was heavy rain Saturday morning that cleaned off the track and dramatically changed the conditions. For Summerton, 21, from Kissimmee, Florida, the variable conditions weren’t a deterrent and he successfully put his car on the pole. Summerton currently sits 3rd in overall standings.

Jonathan Summerton, #34 Nuclear Clean Air Energy/ Entergy/ NEI/ Newman Wachs Racing: (P1; 1.12.060)


“I just had to keep the car on the edge. We just kept pushing all throughout the session. That’s what everybody has been telling me it was. It was on the edge, but you’ve got to get it on pole and I think we had it by like four tenths (of a second). I’m very happy to be there. The guys did a great job. Don Halliday, my engineer, and all the team, and (team owner) Eddie Wachs, I’d like to thank them for allowing me to do this. I also want to thank everybody else involved: Cooper Tires, Mazda and Cosworth, of course.”

 

For Edwards, 19, from Cincinnatti, Ohio, qualifying didn’t quite go according to plan. Hoping for a NWR front row, Edwards will have to charge to the front in the race tomorrow and keep Championship leader Simona De Silvestro behind him. Edwards is currently 2nd in standings with just three races remaining in the season.

John Edwards, #36 MAZDASPEED/ Nuclear Clean Air Energy/ Entergy/ NEI/ Newman Wachs Racing: (P4; 1.12.572)

“The last few laps of qualifying didn’t go well, and the track was drying so times were faster at the end. I’m disappointed to be behind Simona but we know we’re faster in the dry than she is, so we’ll be pushing to get ahead of her tomorrow.”


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 7 victories, 16 podium finishes, 25 top-fives and 5 pole positions.
 

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
 
For more information visit www.newmanwachsracing.com



- Aislinn Miller-

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