Carter 2 Motorsports signs Emerson Newton-John for Madison

Carter 2 Motorsports signs Emerson Newton-John for Madison

(ASHEBORO, N.C. – August 21, 2014) - Carter 2 Motorsports has signed Emerson Newton-John to drive at Madison International Speedway August 24 in the Herr’s Live Life with Flavor 200. 

This race will mark Newton-John’s first race since 2012, after previously sitting out of racing due to a lack of funding since 2001. Prior to his 10-year absence, his racing career was quite impressive and diverse. Racing on multiple continents, he was a top-five competitor in everything from European touring cars, to Australian Formula Holden (F-3000). All of those experiences led to his last full-season in racing. 

In his season-opening start of the Australian Formula Holden championship, Newton-John nearly took home the checkered flag in his debut, finishing second at Phillip Island to V8 Supercar star, Rick Kelly. He backed this up by finishing at the top of the leader board throughout the season while driving for three different teams. He ended the season finishing third at the season finale at Winton. Then a life altering event occurred. 

“The plan wasn't to move back to Los Angeles in 2001,” said Newton-John. “It was to run a second-season of Formula Holden, win a championship, with a goal of becoming a full-time Australian V8 Supercar driver. Halfway through the flight on the way back home, I awoke to the sight of ocean white caps.” 

The plane he was on was flying extremely low, as it was making an unscheduled landing in Honolulu. That day was September 11, 2001, and was for all intents and purposes, the end of his racing career, as his group of Wall St. backers were all heavily affected by the ramifications of that tragic day. 

He made an attempt to come back to racing in late 2001, racing in the ARCA Racing Series for Dick Bahre and Roger Carter at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Despite no testing and the team’s small budget, he drove to a solid 17th place finish in his only start to this point in the series. 

For the next decade, Newton-John worked tirelessly to find the funding necessary to continue racing, but it just was not meant to be. He had almost thrown in the proverbial towel when, in early 2012, an opportunity to test an Indy Lights car arose. Newton-John was immediately on the pace in testing. 

That May, he roared back on to the scene, competing in the Indy Light Series at Indianapolis. Thoroughly impressing the IndyCar community, he was top-six in practice and qualified eighth with an under-funded team, and was poised for a top-5 finish.

Zachary Stultz,
Head of Public Relations, Marketing, Sponsorship
Carter 2 Motorsports

Tim D.

ARCA Racing.