Newman Wachs Racing has signed returning rising American racer Dakota Dickerson to a two-year deal to compete in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda in 2017 with the goal of moving up to Pro Mazda presented by Cooper Tires in 2018.
“This is a good day for the team,” said team manager Brian Halahan. “Having Dakota be part of our program is huge. When I started looking at drivers, I had to make sure we found someone who could be fast on track and yet represent the team in a professional manner.”
The 19-year-old Dickerson’s talent as a race car driver and his impressive off-track demeanor were exactly what Newman Wachs Racing were looking for.
“After seeing what he did for Mazda, I knew I had to chase him," Halahan said. " My discussions with Dakota started immediately after I announced the team back in August. Once we tested him, I saw how he gelled with the team and I knew, right there and then, that it would work.
“The best part about all this is that we have come to an agreement with Dakota for a two-year deal. This season, Dakota will run in the USF2000 championship, and in 2018 he’ll move up to Pro Mazda where Newman Wachs Racing will also have a team. I am looking forward to the next couple of years with Dakota, and I know we will have a lot of success together. “
Dickerson has had an impressive career so far. In 2015, he acquired five wins and nine podiums in the Skip Barber Summer Series, and was a multiple race winner in SCCA Spec Mazda Miata. That same year, he won the Skip Barber Championship Shootout earning him a $200,000 scholarship from Mazda Motorsports for the 2016 Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.
He was also a Team USA Scholarship winner claiming a top-five finish at the Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch in England.
“I am extremely excited to be a part of the Newman Wachs Racing team," Dickerson said. "Once Brian (Halahan) had announced the return of Newman Wachs Racing, we started discussing how we could set up a test day to see how we could work together. I had heard only great things about them, particularly how professional and dedicated to the sport everyone on the team is.
"After visiting their headquarters in Chicago, and later testing with them along with meeting crucial members of the team such as Eddie Wachs and Anne Roy, all the feedback I had been getting was confirmed. I worked extremely well with Alan O’Leary, our engineer, along with the rest of the team. This all led to the discussion of a multi-year program. A two-year commitment to the team is something that is extremely exciting and I believe sets up both NWR and myself for great success in the coming years. I look forward to representing the team and am working hard to come out strong for the opening race at St.Petersburg."