STARWORKS MOTORSPORT DRIVER KASPER ANDERSEN RETURNS TO LIME ROCK AFTER MISSING VIR
Danish racecar driver Kasper Andersen joined Starworks Motorsport for the 2010 Rolex Series season at Barber but was forced to miss the VIR race because of the problems encountered from the famous Iceland Volcano that grounded him in his native Denmark where he resides. Kasper Andersen is one of the few drivers that needs to cross the Atlantic each time there is a race in North America which makes it a very long week each time he comes.
He is excited to be back racing in the series at Lime Rock and gives us an exclusive one-on-one interview:
Are you excited to go back to the United States and race?
"I'm very excited especially after the frustration of not making it to VIR because of the volcano. It would be nice to finally get some consistency back in to my career."
Tell us about how you prepare for the races when you are in Denmark?
"I'm pretty much doing the same as I always do, going to the gym five times a week, working on my back from and injury I had last year, eating healthy and then of course, going to iRacing.com and practicing laps on the computer to learn the tracks I haven't been on. I haven't been to Lime Rock yet."
Great racing champions come from Denmark like Kristensen and Magnussen. Are you following their footsteps or do you follow your own line for your career?
"I try to make my own way, but of course you are always looking after what they are doing to get inspired. My dream and aim was always to drive in Formula One but after many years of racing at a high-level of Formula Cars with good results, I realized that in most cases it was all about bringing a huge amount of money if you wanted a great ride! I'm in racing because I know I'm fast and I have the potential to reach very high and that is why racing in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series is a great opportunity for me, being able to compare myself with some of the world's best sports car drivers."
How is motorsports seen in Denmark? Is it popular? Do they follow the Rolex Series?
"Motorsports in Denmark is very popular because we are a small country with many great talents doing well around the world. Unfortunately the Rolex Series is not well known yet because there is not really any TV broadcast showing it in Europe. I think it's something we need to work on together with Grand-Am. The Rolex Series has great racing battles week in and week out but race fans do not notice that in Europe yet."
In retrospect, now that you raced for the first time at Barber, how do you feel about American racing? How different is it from what you used to do in Europe?
"I like it a lot. It's a bit more relaxed atmosphere in a good way and we are doing some very nice racing with a lot of action, and that's what racing is all about. I can see my self competing in the Rolex Series for many years in the future."
Unfortunately you missed the last race due to the Volcanic cloud but how do you feel about the next race on the Lime Rock short track?
"I think Lime Rock is an awesome track and the team had a successful and productive test day there, showing some great speed. I think our setup suits the track well. It is going be hard to pass so qualifying is going to be crucial and the key if you want to have a good finish. I look forward to this new challenge and to be back in the Starworks Motorsport Flex-Box Dinan-BMW Riley with my teammate Bill Lester."
-source: starworks motorsport