Newman Wachs Racing hires Nick Harvey

Mundelein, Ill. (December 5, 2008) - Newman Wachs Racing (NWR), in keeping with their pledge to improve on their third place Championship run in the 2008 Atlantic Championship, is pleased to announce that 2008 Atlantic Engineer of the Year, Nick...

Mundelein, Ill. (December 5, 2008) - Newman Wachs Racing (NWR), in keeping with their pledge to improve on their third place Championship run in the 2008 Atlantic Championship, is pleased to announce that 2008 Atlantic Engineer of the Year, Nick Harvey, will be joining the Chicago-based team.

Nick's racing career began in 1976, as a driver, behind the wheel of a Kart in England. His driving career spanned Karts, FF1600, Sports 2000, Ferrari Challenge, Skip Barber Racing Series, Trans Am and Toyota Atlantic over the next 16 years.

Following his most successful Atlantic season to date, Harvey was the engineer behind the 2008 Atlantic Champion, Markus Niemela, and scored two wins on his way to clinching the title at the season ender at Road Atlanta. This will be Harvey's 13th season in the Atlantic Championship and has earned 5 wins and 4 poles with the current Swift 016.

A personal highlight for Nick was steering the PPI Atlantic team to the Championship in 1999 with Anthony Lazzaro. The following year, his double duty efforts as Team Manager and Race Engineer paid off when he was awarded Engineer of the Year in 2000 for helping Dan Wheldon secure second in points and the Rookie of the Year honors.

Nick Harvey: "I feel very lucky to have been asked to join NWR, Eddie has been such a great supporter of motorsports through the years and I have enormous respect for Don Halliday. I'm really excited to learn a lot working with him and hopefully we can take a serious run at the Championship."

Don Halliday, Technical Director for NWR:
"It is nice to have someone with Nick's experience and success become a part of our team. I worked with him ages ago, and he is a welcomed asset. He is extremely easy to get on with, which is a tenet of NWR, and he brings a wealth of knowledge within this racing discipline. I believe this is another strong addition to our organization, and will serve to strengthen our existing knowledge base when we combine it with his. We are looking forward to the 2009 season and definitely pleased that our arch rival is now one of us."

Newman Wachs Racing will enter its fourth season of the Atlantic Championship with the season opener in Savannah, Georgia March 14-15, 2009.

-credit: nwr

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Anthony Lazzaro , Dan Wheldon , Skip Barber , Markus Niemela