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Emerson Newton-John joins Fan Force United for Freedom 100

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted May 1, 2012 at 6:54 pm Indy Lights, Signing

Emerson Newton-John (photo: IndyCar.com)

Emerson Newton-John plans to join Fan Force United for the upcoming Freedom 100 Indy Lights race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The signing is contingent on Newton-John completing his oval rookie test.

The Charlotte, N.C., resident has been out of competitive racing for some time but recently completed a test day with FFU at Putnam Park in Indiana.

In 2000, Newton-John competed in the Australian Formula Holden Championship running two races for Greg Murphy Racing. The following season he ran 11 races in the Australian Drivers’ Championship where he finished fifth, compiling four podiums. The championship was won by current V8 Supercar driver Rick Kelly.

In 2002, Newton-John sampled a NASCAR truck for Steirwalt-Pirtle Racing during the New England 200. His race ended early due to a mechanical failure and he was classified 31st.

Additionally, he has experience in shifter karts and tested an F3 machine with Hayashi Racing in Japan.

While Emerson — named after Emerson Fittipaldi — has a goal of making it to IndyCar within the next two years, he has some interesting lineage who chose other career options and made pretty big names for themselves.

This will be an intersting debut to watch.

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