NEWGARDEN HEADS TO ISTANBUL FOR NEXT GP3 EVENT

After a challenging weekend in Barcelona a couple of weeks ago, Josef Newgarden now heads to Istanbul for the Turkish round of the 2010 GP3 Championship.

The American racer`s debut event was a tough one - with Newgarden unwell throughout his time in Spain, and missing much of free practice due to a problem with the car. Newgarden failed to finish the first race, and was penalised with a grid drop for the race two, in which he ultimately finished in 16th position. The results were disappointing for the Carlin driver, who has already shown a great deal of speed and potential in the series.

Speaking about his preparations for Istanbul, Newgarden said: "I've never been to the circuit before, so much like the other races this year, I have no previous experience of the track. However, I'm excited to get out there, and always welcome a new challenge. I'm fully recovered now, so I'm looking forward to seeing what we can do."

Newgarden and team mate Dean Smith will be joined in Turkey by Carlin's Formula Renault 3.5 driver Mikhail Aleshin, as a replacement for Lucas Foresti who will be competing this weekend in a British F3 event.

Carlin's Racing Director, Trevor Carlin, said, "The team will be pushing very hard to follow up on an encouraging weekend in Barcelona. Both Dean and Josef showed great potential and in Mikhail I'm confident we have a driver who can be quick from the start, despite his inexperience in the GP3 car."

The drivers will hit the track for free practice at 17.00 on Friday 28 May, with qualifying at 09.45 on Saturday 29 May. Race One will be later that day at 17.20, with the second race on Sunday 30 May at 10.25.

-source: Josef Newgarden