Emerson Newton-John

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Emerson Newton-John
Nationality United States American
Born (1974-09-26) September 26, 1974 (age 44)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Related to Olivia Newton-John
ARCA Racing Series career
Debut season 2001
Current team Carter 2 Motorsports
Car no. 97
Starts 2
Wins 0
Poles 0
Best finish 140th in 2001
Previous series
2012
2002
2000-2001
1998
Firestone Indy Lights
NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series
Formula Holden
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)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of August 24, 2014.

Emerson Newton-John (born September 26, 1974) is an American professional racing driver. The nephew of Olivia Newton-John, he has competed and won or podiumed in numerous forms of motorsports.

Personal life[edit]

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.[1] He is named after two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi.[2] He is married, and has two children.[citation needed]

Racing career[edit]

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.[2] 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.[2]

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.[2] 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,[3] following a weekend that Newton-John described as "disastrous".[citation needed]

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.[2] 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,[4] and was credited with a 17th-place finish.[5] 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,[6] and then in the race, finishing 12th of 13 cars.[7]

In 2014, Newton-John returned to the ARCA Racing Series, driving for Carter 2 Motorsports at Madison International Speedway;[8] running as a start-and-park, he finished 23rd.[9]

Charitable work[edit]

Newton-John is the founder of the charitable organization Pink and Blue for Two, focused on breast and prostate cancer awareness.[10]

Motorsports career results[edit]

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

Indy Lights[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold − Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics − Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Craftsman Truck Series[edit]

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gates, Anita (May 27, 2011). "Jeff Conaway, Actor In 'Taxi,' Is Dead at 60". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ a b c d e DiZinno, Tony (May 14, 2012). "Emerson Newton-John's surreal road back to racing". Racer. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  3. ^ "Truck Series Notes", The Daytona Beach News-Journal, July 25, 2002, page 6B.
  4. ^ Brudenell, Mike (May 25, 2012). "Olivia Newton-John follows racing nephew at Indy". Detroit Free Press. Detroit, MI. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  5. ^ Stearns, Amber (May 26, 2012). "Olivia Newton-John Ready for 500 Festival Parade". WIBC 93.1FM. Indianapolis, IN. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  6. ^ McKee, Sandra (September 1, 2012). "Crashes highlight the early action Saturday at Grand Prix of Baltimore". The Baltimore Sun. Baltimore, MD. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  7. ^ "2012 Grand Prix of Baltimore". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  8. ^ "Carter 2 Motorsports signs Emerson Newton-John for Madison". Automobile Racing Club of America. August 21, 2014. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  9. ^ Caldwell, Clayton (August 24, 2014). "Justin Boston Wins Herr's Live Life with Flavor 200 at Madison International Speedway". Motorsports 101. Sports Media 101. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  10. ^ DiZinno, Tony (May 19, 2014). "Emerson Newton-John returns to Indy Lights with TMR, Pink and Blue for Two". NBC Sports. Archived from the original on October 6, 2015. Retrieved October 6, 2015. 

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