Nine Andersen Racing Cars in Action Friday Andersen Racing's Indy Pro Series Drivers Test at IMS Friday; Team's Star Mazda Drivers Have a Race Saturday at VIR; Three of Its F2000 Cars Testing at the Glen Too FAIRFIELD, N.J., April 26 -...
Nine Andersen Racing Cars in Action Friday
Andersen Racing's Indy Pro Series Drivers Test at IMS Friday; Team's Star Mazda Drivers Have a Race Saturday at VIR; Three of Its F2000 Cars Testing at the Glen Too
FAIRFIELD, N.J., April 26 - Andersen Racing will have nine different race cars in action tomorrow in three different states.
The Fairfield, N.J.-based team and its two Indy Pro Series drivers - Andrew Prendeville of Morristown, N.J. and Joey Scarallo of Smithtown, N.Y. - are scheduled to make their first laps ever on the 2.5-mile oval at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Ind., during testing Friday.
Andersen Racing is also in action this weekend on VIRginia International Raceway's 3.27-mile road course in Alton, Va. It is fielding four cars in the Star Mazda competition there. All four cars were in the top 10 in the first test session there this morning. Qualifying is Friday at 11 a.m., with the race on Saturday at 3:15 p.m.
Three of the team's Formula 2000 cars are slated to be driven in a test at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Friday too. That test is in preparation for a F2000 doubleheader there June 8-10.
Prendeville and Scarallo will drive their RLR/Andersen Racing Dallaras in an official Indy Pro Series test in preparation for the 40-lap Freedom 100 at IMS on Friday, May 25, two days before the Indy 500. Andersen Racing is the official Indy Pro Series development team for top IndyCar team Rahal Letterman Racing.
Prendeville, 25, drives the No. 5, which promotes the Best Friends Animal Society. Scarallo, 28, drives the No. 15, which is sponsored by Group-A Wheels (groupawheels.com).
Both Indy Pro Series rookies can't wait to make their first laps at the Brickyard.
"I'm excited," said Scarallo. "That track and the Indy 500 made me want to be a race car driver in the first place. Being able to drive there is a huge part of the dream."
"I hope Indy is as good to me as it was to Rick Mears," Prendeville said.
The test is slated to start at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m., with an hour for lunch starting at noon. The public is invited to watch free of charge from the South Terrace grandstand near the Hall of Fame Museum.
Andersen Racing's four Star Mazda drivers have high hopes for a good weekend at VIR following a successful test there March 28-29.
Jonathan Goring of Norfolk, Conn., drives the No. 14, which advertises the Skip Barber Racing School, Alfas Unlimited and NPA Graphics. He finished third in the Star Mazda race at JAGFlo Speedway at Reliant Park in Houston last weekend.
Ricardo Vassmer of Caracas, Venezuela drives the No. 25, which advertises PDV and Zoom.
Driving the Andersen Racing No. 6 is Jonny Baker of Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire, England.
Rounding out the team is Phil Saville of Oak Brook, Ill., in the No. 22, which is sponsored by New York Jewelers of Chicago; NVG Residential; Mac Marketing & Advertising Corp. and Chicago Indoor Racing.
The VIR schedule shows practice at 8:50 a.m. Friday followed by quals at 11 a.m. On Saturday there is a warm-up at 9:20 a.m.; pre-race activities at 3:05 p.m. and the race at 3:15 p.m. Last weekend's Star Mazda race at Houston is scheduled to air on SPEED from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The VIR Star Mazda race is slated to air on the same network at noon May 5. All times are Eastern.
Andersen Racing participates in the Formula 2000 Championship series with drivers Noah Bystrom, Juliana Gonzalez, Terrick Mansur and Scott Willard.
Mansur, Gonzalez and "one-off" Andersen Racing driver Michael Fitzgerald are testing the F2000 cars at the Glen tomorrow.
The Indy Pro Series cars use Firestone tires. The Star Mazda cars use Goodyears. The F2000 series uses Hankook tires.
Andersen Racing offers programs in all three series in order to provide the most complete development program available for open-wheel drivers striving to reach racing's major leagues.