NEWGARDEN QUICKEST AT SNETTERTON TEST WITH JOE TANDY RACING American teenager unofficially the fastest in first multi-team pre-season test NORWICH, ENGLAND (March 13, 2009) -- The start to Josef Newgarden's 2009 European racing campaign ...
NEWGARDEN QUICKEST AT SNETTERTON TEST WITH JOE TANDY RACING
American teenager unofficially the fastest in first multi-team pre-season test
NORWICH, ENGLAND (March 13, 2009) -- The start to Josef Newgarden's 2009 European racing campaign commenced officially on March 13 when the talented American took part in a multi-team MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain pre-season test at the Snetterton Race Circuit. Showcasing why many believe that Newgarden is a fast rising star in the world of open-wheel racing, the 18 year-old Formula Ford Festival race winner quickly got up to speed, unofficially posting the fastest lap of the day in his Joe Tandy Racing Mygale.
For Newgarden, the single-day test at the high-speed Snetterton road course just outside of Norwich, England, provided him with the first opportunity to pilot his newly-rebuilt JTR-prepared Mygale SJ08 Formula Ford. Despite having only first driven a Duratec-powered Formula Ford via limited tryout tests during the holiday season, the 18 year-old was immediately posting fast laps in his Robo-Pong backed car. With the goal of becoming more acclimated to the car and his JTR team, as well as beginning to work on a baseline set-up that suited his driving style, Newgarden consistently turned laps within tenths of a second of the current lap record (1:09.906). When the day's on-track activities ended, the teenager had posted a fast lap of 1:10.003, unofficially the quickest of the day, ahead of his Joe Tandy Racing teammate Liroy Stuart and the six other series competitors taking part.
"We had a really successful test," commented Newgarden. "This was the first time I've driven the Mygale in the dry, and it was a lot of fun. Despite running into a couple small problems, I still managed to post a very fast time, which is a testament to how good the JTR guys are. I'm looking forward to the rest of the pre-season testing program and the start of the 2009 season."
With continued backing from Robo-Pong ping pong robots and Racer of Tomorrow LTD, a United Kingdom corporation formed by three new investors, Newgarden will return to his season-long home in Oxford, England for a brief break before resuming an extensive pre-season testing program. Over the course of the next few weeks, 2008 Skip Barber National runner-up will make his first visits to Rockingham, Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit and Oulton Park Circuit in preparation for his initial season of European junior formula car racing. The 2009 edition of the 25-race MSA Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain officially gets underway with Rounds One, Two and Three taking place on April 11-13 at Oulton Park.
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