Thompson Motorsports Adds Hannah Newhouse to Driver Lineup

JEROME, IDAHO (January 27, 2012)- Brett Thompson announced this week that 14-year old Hannah Newhouse would pilot the familiar blue 61 Thompson Motorsports entry in the NASCAR Super Stock division at Magic Valley Speedway. Newhouse is the daughter of 2007 Rocky Mountain Challenge Series champion John Newhouse and will continue her climb up the racing ladder after several successful seasons in go-karts and the Intermountain Pro Truck Series.”It’s exciting to see young racers make the transition and move up the racing ladder,” Thompson offered. “I have known the Newhouse’s for a long time and Hannah certainly has a lot of talent and we are excited for her drive for our team and help her grow.”"This is an incredible opportunity and I cannot wait to race in the Late Model,” Hannah Newhouse offered. “April can’t get here fast enough.”

Typical Teenager has Atypical Hobby

While Hannah Newhouse, who will turn 15 on February 4, is your average teenager who spends time focused on school, cheerleading, social activities with friends, and posting on Facebook, this Twin Falls High School Freshman spends her weekends doing something that most of her peers would never consider.She started racing go-karts at an early age and immediately fell in love with the sport. Her passion and dedication translated into strong performances on the track where she claimed countless wins and championships before she reached her teens.In 2010 she graduated to full-bodied racing making her first start in the Intermountain Pro Truck Series where she finished sixth in her first race just shy of 13-years old. She made five other starts that season and finished no worse than tenth in each outing.Last season she ran the entire Pro Truck schedule finishing fourth in the point standings and claiming rookie-of-the-year honors racing at three different tracks in the region. This season she will make the jump to more powerful Late Model type stock cars racing close to home on the 1/3-mile paved oval of Magic Valley Speedway.John Newhouse contemplated putting Hannah in his RMCS car but thought she needed a full season in a Late Model first. “There is no doubt Hannah has the talent to drive at a high level,” Newhouse said. “But when the opportunity came up to put Hannah in a first class car with a first class team, we jumped at the chance. I am just real excited for her and can’t thank Brett Thompson and Thompson Motorsports enough for the opportunity.”Hannah Newhouse will make her debut in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series on Saturday, April 14. For complete schedule details, log onto www.magicvalleyspeedway.com.

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