March 8, 2001 - Talented American racing driver Emerson Newton-John has joined Australia's NRC Racing Formula Holden Team for season 2001. The 26 year old driver from Woodland Hills in California, nephew of Australia's world famous singer and ...
March 8, 2001 - Talented American racing driver Emerson Newton-John has joined Australia's NRC Racing Formula Holden Team for season 2001.
The 26 year old driver from Woodland Hills in California, nephew of Australia's world famous singer and actor Olivia Newton-John, will drive the New Zealand Grand Prix and Denny Hulme Memorial Trophy winning NRC Reynard 95D during the 2001 Holden Australian Drivers' Championship.
Newton-John comes to NRC Racing with impressive international open wheeler and touring car racing credentials. Starting his career in karts, he won the US Summer Nationals Title before progressing to Japanese Formula Three as a test driver for the Hayashi Racing Team. Newton-John then competed successfully in the famed Pilote Elf Formula Renault Competition.
The American's career moved to tin tops with the Renault Clio Cup, winning the series' Talent Search Competition and competing in the Renault Spider Cup before returning home to Formula Dodge. During a stellar 1997 season, he won five races and scored numerous podium finishes. A Renault Megan Cup victory and two second places came in '98 and in the following year he tested with Toyota Atlantic and Nascar Winston Cup teams.
Newton-John noticed the strong impact former Formula Holden drivers were having on the Indy Lights scene and joined the Formula Holden ranks in last year's New Zealand Grand Prix Series, making an impressive Formula Holden debut as a top five driver in a Reynard 92D.
This next step in his career is set to be his most exciting yet, competing with one of the Formula Holden series' leading teams at new circuits against a strong field of local competitors.
"I just can't wait to race these cars in Australia," Emerson said. "It has been a tough slog since the New Zealand Series to ensure that I could race in the Australian Formula Holden Championship with a top team. It is fantastic to join NRC Racing as they are a highly professional and totally motivated group of individuals who have one goal in mind - to win. It will be a great season of growth for my career," He added.
NRC Racing Team Owner Arthur Abrahams is very pleased to welcome the experienced American to his Melbourne based team. "Emerson Newton-John is a racer with a great deal of potential in Formula Holden - anyone who was at the New Zealand Grand Prix Series could tell you that. I am sure that with our strong team, he will be a driver who will surprise many with his speed this season. I am looking forward to working with him to make his season a success."
Emerson will commute between his home in California and Australia during the season and will make his Holden Australian Drivers' Championship debut at Phillip Island (VIC) on March 25.
He is married to Amy and has two young children, Brin and Valerie.