Andersen Racing's Formula BMW Testing Program Is Getting Rave Reviews PALMETTO, Fla., April 23 - Just a week after it was announced to the public, Andersen Racing's new Formula BMW testing program for career-minder karters and formula car...
Andersen Racing's Formula BMW Testing Program Is Getting Rave Reviews
PALMETTO, Fla., April 23 - Just a week after it was announced to the public, Andersen Racing's new Formula BMW testing program for career-minder karters and formula car drivers is already getting rave reviews.
The first karter to participate was James Vance, a 16-year-old from Stouffville, Ontario, Canada. He successfully completed a one-day program at Andersen Racing's own 1-mile road course test track, Andersen RacePark in Palmetto, Fla., and found it so beneficial that he already wants to schedule more sessions.
"James did a fantastic job; we were all very impressed," said Jonny Baker, Andersen Racing's talent scout. "He finished fourth in the Senior Rotax class last year at the club level, so this was a big step up for him, but he came ready to learn. He listened and adapted quickly, which is all we could really ask for, but he was quick as well."
"It was James' first experience in a formula car, and it was a hugely beneficial experience for him," said James' father, Nigel Vance-Lousada. "He got to understand how the Andersen team works, and he also found out what it was like to drive a Formula BMW at speed. It was James' first time in a Formula BMW, and he absolutely loved it. The guys at Andersen Racing did a fantastic job in preparing the car. I think the biggest thing that he got out of it was the realization that he could, in fact, do it. He learned that he can confidently drive a real formula car."
Vance-Lousada said he hopes his son can test with the team again at Andersen RacePark in the next few weeks. Although the family is reviewing all their options for 2010, he said that Formula BMW is a likely choice, and if that occurs he wants his son to run with Andersen Racing.
"It would definitely be with Andersen Racing," he said. "They are an absolutely fantastic bunch of people. They are motivated and take their work very seriously indeed. They have this way of going about their business, which let's face it, it's a stressful environment, but at the same time they make you feel really at ease and very comfortable. It's a brilliant environment, really.
"Andersen RacePark is an excellent venue to begin with too," he added. "It's tight but challenging. The whole place has a wonderful set-up. We were extremely impressed. Everything is so clean and well organized, and everyone there is absolutely awesome. They took care of everything throughout the day. They worked with James and the car, and they were very hospitable all day long. Nothing was too much trouble."