John Anderson Hired as Team Manager at Andretti Green Racing
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 31, 2005) - Andretti Green Racing (AGR) announced today it has hired John Anderson as one of its team managers.
Anderson, who came to Andretti Green Racing after a two-year stint as director of operations for the Champ Car World Series, will also serve as race strategist for Klein Tools/Jim Beam driver Dan Wheldon, who won three races last season and finished second in the Indy Racing League® IndyCar® Series standings.
"We are very excited to bring John Anderson back on board," said Kevin Savoree, who co- owns Andretti Green Racing with partners Michael Andretti and Kim Green. "He brings a wealth of experience and a good understanding for how Andretti Green likes to operate. He has been a good friend to many of us at this team for a lot of years and is a great addition."
Prior to joining the staff at Champ Car, Anderson spent two years at Team Green (2001- 2002) as a consultant and race strategist for driver Paul Tracy.
"Andretti Green Racing has quickly established itself, not just in the IndyCar Series, but in the motorsports industry, and it is going to be great to be a part of it," said Anderson. "I'm really looking forward to working with Dan Wheldon and everyone on the team. Hopefully, we can bring another championship to this building and continue the great things that have been started here."
Wheldon, who is preparing for his second full season of competition in the IndyCar Series behind the wheel of the #26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone, is looking forward to building a successful relationship with Anderson.
"To have someone of John's caliber come in and take over in this role is certainly exciting for me," said Wheldon. "I hope we can pick up where we left off in 2004, win some more races and make another run at the IndyCar Series championship."
Anderson, who is a native of Australia, is in his fourth decade of involvement in the motorsports industry. He began as a mechanic for a Formula 5000 team in Australia before brining his skills to the United States in 1981. Anderson transitioned to Indy-style racing in 1984 as a mechanic for Forsythe Racing and then advanced to the level of team manager and crew chief at Mike Curb Motorsports in 1986.
In 1989, Anderson worked as team manager for Galles Racing and driver Al Unser, Jr., before moving on to Truesports as workshop manager. In 1991 and 1992, Anderson served as team manager and crew chief at King Motorsports, where he won the 1992 Indianapolis 500 pole and Indianapolis Motor Speedway's mechanic of the year award. In 1992 and '93, Anderson was team manager for A.J. Foyt Racing and drivers A.J. Foyt.
From 1994 to 2000, Anderson worked for PacWest Racing Group as vice president race operations, where he supervised the team's management and racing operations.
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