Andersen Racing Congratulates Romancini for Reaching IZOD IndyCar Series

PALMETTO, Fla., Feb. 28 - Officials and team members of Andersen Racing were delighted with Conquest Racing's announcement last week that it had signed Mario Romancini for the 2010 IZOD IndyCar Series.

With the announcement, Romancini became the second driver to graduate into the IZOD IndyCar Series from Andersen Racing's driver development program.

The first was Graham Rahal, who finished fourth in the Star Mazda championship presented by Goodyear in 2005 while driving for Andersen Racing before advancing to Atlantics (2006), the Champ Car World Series (2007) and the IZOD IndyCar series (2008). He currently drives for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing.

Romancini won two Firestone Indy Lights races last year while driving for Andersen Racing, which is based at Andersen RacePark in Palmetto, Fla. The team, which is sponsored by Allied Building Products Corp., competes in karting, Star Mazda and Firestone Indy Lights. A sister company, Andersen Promotions, administers the newly revived USF2000 National Championship, which is presented by Cooper Tires and powered by Mazda.

On the heels of Conquest Racing's announcement, Romancini finished an impressive tenth in the IZOD IndyCar Series' open test at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., last week out of 21 drivers. That test marked the first time he drove an Indy car or drove at that particular track.

"I'm very happy to move up; I think all the drivers in go-karts dream about getting to a top level in motorsports like this," Romancini said Friday night. "As you know, I tested an Indy car for the first time two days ago, and the test went really well. This just shows how competitive Firestone Indy Lights is, and how well it prepares you for the IZOD IndyCar Series.

"For sure the experience I had last year helped me get used to the Indy car and the track," Romancini continued. "I feel a big part of my moving up is the season I had last year with Andersen Racing. I think my new IndyCar car owner saw my results, and I know he knew I won two races last year. It also helped us find the sponsorship to be able to move up. I want to thank Andersen Racing for everything they did for me. I will always be grateful to them for their help."

"We are so proud to see Mario advance; he has earned the chance and he is a terrific talent," said Andersen Racing co-owner Dan Andersen. "Last season he was the man to beat on the oval circuits, and his amazing driving made our team look good all year. We will be cheering him on and expecting great things from him in 2010."

Funded drivers wishing to follow in Rahal and Romancini's footsteps will be excited to learn that Andersen Racing still has some spots open for 2010 in its Firestone Indy Lights, Star Mazda and karting programs. It can also match funded drivers up with teams wishing to compete in the USF2000 National Championship.

-source: andersen racing