Josef Newgarden among finalists for FIA Young Driver Excellence Academy
Young racer will be one of two Americans competing for entry into elite motorsports training program
(Nashville, TN) - The FIA Institute has announced that Josef Newgarden has been selected as one of only 19 drivers who will compete in a three-day shootout to determine who will succeed to its inaugural Young Driver Excellence Academy. The shortlist is made up of young drivers from all over the world, including competitors from Bahrain, France, Spain, Israel, UK, Estonia, Norway, USA and New Zealand. Among the contestants are some of the most talented young drivers in motor racing and rallying. Newgarden and fellow American Alexander Rossi are honored to represent the USA in this competition.
The primary goal of the Academy is to prepare young drivers to compete at the pinnacle of the sport. Of the 19 entrants, only 10 will be chosen to join the Academy program. To succeed they will have to demonstrate their ability over three days of driving and non-driving assessments. At the Selection Event in Melk, Austria, former Formula One star and two-time Le Mans winner Alex Wurz and former World Rally Champion co-driver Robert Reid will lead exercises designed to evaluate fitness and performance, media techniques, teamwork and psychology.
Following the Selection Event, Josef will return to the United States to continue seeking corporate partners to complete the balance of funding for his 2011 campaign in Firestone Indy Lights, the GP3 Series, or potentially a combination of both. Interested parties are encouraged to contact Brian Bonner at The B4 Agency for partnership details. Call 978-361-5295 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Josef Newgarden
Josef Newgarden is a 20 year old American racing driver who was born and lives in Nashville, Tenn. He drove a kart for the first time at the age of thirteen in 2003 and in 2006 he took titles in two classes of the Kart Racers of America - the Junior Yamaha Championship and the TAG World Championship. The same year he started his single-seater career in the Skip Barber Racing School series, where he finished as runner-up in the Southern Regional Series with three wins and another seven podiums. In 2008, he was the first American to win the prestigious BRSCC Formula Ford Festival (Kent class) in the 36-year history of the event. He moved to the British Formula Ford Championship in 2009 and was runner-up with nine wins and also won 2 out of 3 races contested in the Formula Palmer Audi Series. In 2010, Newgarden moved into the GP3 Series where he scored five top-tens and one pole position.