September 26, 1974|
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Related to||Olivia Newton-John|
|ARCA Racing Series career|
|Current team||Carter 2 Motorsports|
|Best finish||140th in 2001|
Firestone Indy Lights|
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
Renault Megane Cup
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career|
|1 race run over 1 year|
|Best finish||94th (2002)|
|First race||2002 New England 200 (Loudon)|
|Statistics current as of August 24, 2014.|
A native of Los Angeles, California, Newton-John is the son of Graham Hall and the late Rona Newton-John (died 2013), stepson of Jeff Conaway, half-brother of Fiona Goldsmith, Brett Goldsmith and Tottie Goldsmith, and the nephew of Olivia Newton-John. He is named after two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi. He is married, and has two children.
Newton-John competed in the Formula Holden Tasman Cup in 2000–2001, nearly winning his inaugural event in the series, and the Formula Holden Australian Drivers' Championship in 2001, finishing fifth, with a best result of 2nd; he also competed in the French Renault Megane Cup, and tested a Formula Three car. His final Formula Holden race was on September 10, 2001; the September 11 attacks resulted in financial backing for his open-wheel career drying up, and Newton-John switched to stock cars.
Newton-John made his debut in stock car racing in November 2001, competing in the ARCA Re/MAX Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway where he ran as high as 12th after starting from the back of the field. he ended up 15th. In 2002, he competed in his first NASCAR event, a Craftsman Truck Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway; he finished 31st in the event, following a weekend that Newton-John described as "disastrous".
In 2012, Newton-John returned to professional racing, driving an open-wheel formula car for the first time in almost eleven years in a test at Iowa Speedway. Passing a refresher test, he went on to compete in the Freedom 100 Firestone Indy Lights race, driving for Tyce Carlson's Fan Force United team. He was 6th fastest in practice and qualified an impressive 8th. He was involved in a multi-car incident on the fifth lap of the event, and was credited with a 17th-place finish. He ran again in Indy Lights later in the year at the Grand Prix of Baltimore; he crashed twice due to faulty rear suspension, first in qualifying for the event, and then in the race, finishing 12th of 13 cars.
Motorsports career results
American open–wheel racing results
|Firestone Indy Lights results|
|2012||Fan Force United||STP||BBR||LBH||IND
(key) (Bold − Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics − Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
Craftsman Truck Series
|NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series results|
* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
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