By Matt Edwards
Driving to Michigan International Speedway on a crisp morning last October, Clarity Newhouse had no idea that a Rusty Wallace Racing Experience was about to change her life. "At that point I didn't even know how to start a race car," said Clarity. "Hint - there's no key involved!" She laughed recalling what a great time it was driving the track that day.
Clarity's dream of racing came true when Cronenwett Racing invited her to team up with them in 2015 to race in the Super Late Model division at Flat Rock Speedway. Steve Cronenwett Jr. was the 2014 Flat Rock Speedway Outlaw Late Model Champion and introduced Clarity to his father, Steve Cronenwett, who sold Clarity his race car.
“From the moment I joined the team, Steve and Steve Jr. were focused on teaching me the right way to handle my car, from driving skills to racing etiquette. They took me seriously every step of the way and I'm very fortunate to have their guidance." Steve’s brother Tom Cronenwett also joined the team as car chief. “I’m so grateful to Steve, Steve Jr., Tom and the whole Cronenwett family for all their support. They made me feel right at home and went above and beyond to help me.”
Clarity’s first season included a heat race win in her #8 Super Late Model sponsored by Quick Lane of Plymouth at Blackwell Ford, JD Racing Indoor Karting and Sunny Media Group. In season points she placed 14th out of 42 drivers who raced at Flat Rock. She was the only driver in the series who had never been in a single race before this season.
Clarity also brings her love of racing to the classroom to inspire children. Her Race Car Mobile Science Lab gets students excited about science by interacting with the race car and seeing scientific principles in action. “Driving a race car is something I previously thought was beyond my reach,” said Clarity. “Now I want to help others discover that they are capable of much more than they ever imagined.”
Clarity dedicated her 2015 race season to the women of the United States Marine Corps. She donated 100% of her winnings from each race to the Women Marines Association (www.womenmarines.org).
When the season ended Clarity celebrated by heading to Toledo Speedway the very next day to drive in another Rusty Wallace Racing Experience. "I'm a huge Rusty Wallace fan and the Toledo racing experience was a fun way to measure my progress and say thank you to the folks who started me racing. It was a great feeling to slide into the race car and confidently start it up." Clarity laughed, "I even knew how to buckle myself in!"
About the Author
Matt Edwards is a #8 crew members and Operations Director at Sunny Media Group. He has been part of Clarity Newhouse Racing from the beginning and crewed every race the team entered at Flat Rock.