MRTI: USF2000 grid adds Newman Wachs, DEForce for 2017

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It’s always good to see new teams enter a championship, or legacy teams make a comeback. Next year’s Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda championship will have at least two new entrants for the debut of the new Tatuus USF-17 car.

A team making a comeback for the first time in nearly a decade is Newman Wachs Racing. NWR was formed in 2005 and became a stalwart of the Atlantic Championship – which also then ran on Cooper Tires – through that series’ initial lifespan to the end of 2009.

NWR won the 2009 Atlantic title with John Edwards and also saw Jonathan Summerton, Simona de Silvestro and JR Hildebrand – among others – race for them in that time period.

Summerton in 2009. Photo: Tony DiZinno
Summerton in 2009. Photo: Tony DiZinno

The Eddie Wachs-owned and Brian Halahan-led team is back in action for 2017 having ordered four cars. Alan O’Leary will be the team’s engineer and Ray Hook will be fabricator and machinist.

“After racing together for many years, Paul Newman and I felt we should give back to the sport” Wachs said in a team release. “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 de Silvestro, John Edwards, Jonathan Summerton, and others who have become full-time professionals in their sport. In 2009, we shut down the team when the Atlantic series folded.

“We’re delighted to be back and we look forward to the continued success we are used to seeing.”

“Adding the respected Newman Wachs Racing to our 2017 USF2000 paddock is awesome news,” added Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “Eddie Wachs and his group, including the highly regarded Brian Halahan, are sure to make an immediate impact and raise the caliber of our competition. As an entrepreneur myself, I have the utmost respect for Eddie. He is an entrepreneur’s entrepreneur. I am delighted they will be campaigning their four USF-17 cars with us next season.”

DEForceMeanwhile, announced a couple weeks ago, the new DEForce team plans a three-car effort led by racing veterans David Martinez and Ernesto Martinez (D and E for DEForce). David Martinez, an ex-Champ Car and Atlantic driver, has carved a successful post-driving career as a partner in Speed Group; Ernesto Martinez founded the Falcone GP team in 2006 and has seen that team blossom into one of Mexico’s top teams for young driving development.

“It’s been so busy with our announcement that it´s been hard to get emotional or think about it too much. What can I say, this is a great opportunity that was presented to me as a team owner. Me and Ernesto are more than partners, we are family and great friends,” David Martinez said.

You can see DEForce and NWR as part of the list of USF-17 teams linked here, via the USF2000 series website.

jcr2017-usf-17-announcementThe other piece of USF2000 news that came out a couple weeks ago was a livery release for John Cummiskey Racing’s USF-17 cars for 2017.

It’s nearly an identical livery as in 2016.

The team placed two orders for 2017 and would look set to run a two-car lineup again next year. This year, Ayla Agren and Lucas Kohl have been in the team’s two cars.

“JCR is very excited to be a part of the next generation of racing in the USF2000 series,” Cummiskey said. “The USF-17 has been met with positive reviews through every step of its development, and will be a great tool for drivers looking to move up the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires ladder.”

Supercross 2023: Results and points after Seattle


The final results from the Monster Energy Supercross race in Seattle suggests the season is turning into a two-rider battle as Eli Tomac scored his sixth win of the season to tie Cooper Webb for the points’ lead and Chase Sexton crashed in yet another race.

Tomac downplayed the neck strain that caused him to lose the red plate for two weeks, but without that holding him back, it would appear it might have been a bigger problem than he admitted. Despite finishing on the podium in Detroit, Tomac has not shown the late-race strength everyone has come to expect. He was in a slump after scoring a season-worst in Indianapolis and described his sixth win as a “bounce back”.

With this win, Tomac tied James Stewart for second on the all-time list with 50 career Supercross victories. Six rounds remain and there is no sign that Tomac is slowing down. Jeremy McGrath’s 72 wins remains untouchable, for the moment at least.

RESULTS: Click here for full 450 Overall Results; Click here for 250 Overall Results

Cooper Webb was disappointed with second-place, but he recognized the Supercross results at Seattle could have been much worse. He rode in fifth for the first nine laps of the race, behind Tomac and Sexton. When Sexton crashed from the lead and Tomac took the top spot, Webb knew he could not afford to give up that many points and so he dug deep and found enough points to share the red plate when the series returns in two weeks in Glendale, Arizona for a Triple Crown event.

Justin Barcia scored his third podium of the season, breaking out of a threeway tie of riders who have not been the presumed favorites to win the championship. Barcia scored the podium without drama or controversy. It was his fourth consecutive top-five and his 10th straight finish of eighth or better.

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Jason Anderson kept his perfect record of top-10s alive with a fourth-place finish. Tied for fourth in the standings and 49 out of the lead, his season has been like a death of a thousand cuts. He’s ridden exceptionally well, but the Big Three have simply been better.

Sexton rebounded from his fall to finish fifth. He entered the race 17 points out of the lead and lost another five in Seattle. Mistakes have cost Sexton 22 points in the last three races and that is precisely how far he is behind Tomac and Webb. Unless those two riders bobble, this deficit cannot overcome.

The rider who ties Anderson for fourth in the points, Ken Roczen finished just outside the top five in sixth after he battled for a podium position early in the race.

Click here for 450 Overall results | Rider Points | Manufacturer Points

The 250 West riders got back in action after four rounds of sitting on the sideline and Jett Lawrence picked up where he left of: in Victory Lane. Lawrence now has four wins and a second-place finish in five rounds. One simply doesn’t get close to perfection than that.

Between them, the Lawrence brothers have won all but two races though 11 rounds. Jett failed to win the Anaheim Triple Crown and Hunter Lawrence failed to win the Arlington Triple Crown format in the 250 East division. In two weeks, the series has their final Triple Crown race in Glendale. When he was reminded of this from the top of the Seattle podium, Jett replied, “oof”.

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RJ Hampshire finished second in the race and is second in the points. This is fourth time in five rounds that Hampshire finished second to Lawrence. If not for a crash-induced 11th-place finish in the Arlington Triple Crown, he would be much closer in the points standings. With that poor showing, he is 23 points behind Lawrence.

Cameron McAdoo made a lot of noise in his heat. Riding aggressively beside Larwence, the two crashed in the preliminary. McAdoo could never seem to get away from Hampshire in the Main and as the two battled, the leader got away. It would have been interesting to see how they would have raced head-to-head when points were on the line.

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The Supercross results in Seattle were kind to a couple of riders on the cusp of the top five. Enzo Lopes scored his second top-five and fourth top-10 of the season after crossing the finish line fourth in Seattle.

Tying his best finish of the season for the third time, Max Vohland kept his perfect record of top-10s alive. Vohland is seventh in the points.

2023 Results

Round 11: Eli Tomac bounces back with sixth win
Round 10: Chace Sexton wins, penalized
Round 9: Ken Roczen wins
Round 8: Eli Tomac wins 7th Daytona
Round 7: Cooper Webb wins second race
Race 6: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Race 5: Webb, Hunter Lawrence win
Race 4: Tomac, H Lawrence win
Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Tomac, J Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, J Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 10: Chase Sexton leads with consistency
Week 8: Chase Sexton unseats Eli Tomac
Week 7: Jason Anderson narrowly trails Tomac
Week 6: Perfect Oakland night keeps Tomac first
Week 5: Cooper Webb, Sexton close gap
Week 4: Tomac retakes lead
Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Sexton falls
Week 1: Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s