A TEAM WITH YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
NWR was formed in 2006, achieving much success in its tenure in the Atlantic Series.
Newman Wachs Racing (NWR) is a racing team owned by Eddie Wachs and, until his death, American actor and racer himself, Paul Newman. NWR is based outside of Chicago, in Mundelein, Illinois. Newman and Wachs shared the same passion for racing and met when they both competed in the Can-Am Series in the mid-1970’s. They raced together for 15 years in Trans-Am, Can-Am, and many other SCCA professional venues. Over the years, they talked about joining forces to create a driver-development race team. They put together a Champ Car Atlantic team for the 2006 season to meet their objectives. In 2009, John Edwards won the Championship for NWR, beating teammate Jonathan Summerton in a tiebreaker.
After a seven year hiatus, Newman Wachs Racing is returning to racing. As of 2017, the NWR team will be competing in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.
I am very excited that Newman Wachs Racing will be making its return to racing in the 2017 USF2000 Championship. It has been a long seven years away, but I never actually left Newman Wachs Racing. Eddie has been a great person to work for over the last 10 years. I’ve been involved in his other businesses and taking care of his vintage cars. His passion for the sport and drive to win are unquestionable, so I know I will have everything we need to succeed.
After racing together for many years, Paul Newman and I felt we should give back to the sport. By putting together NWR, we created an opportunity for young aspiring drivers to take the next step in professional racing. We decided to concentrate on open-wheel racing and the Atlantic Series. During the four-year involvement, we practically dominated the series with a number of talented drivers including Joe D’Agostino, JR Hildebrand, Simona di Silvestro, John Edwards, Jonathan Summerton, and others who have become full-time professionals in their sport.