Jorda and Kasemets to Represent Andersen Racing in Toronto's Firestone Indy Lights Race PALMETTO, Fla., July 15 - Rookie Carmen Jorda is expected to be back in action while Tonis Kasemets will make his first start with Andersen Racing in the ...
Jorda and Kasemets to Represent Andersen Racing in Toronto's Firestone Indy Lights Race
PALMETTO, Fla., July 15 - Rookie Carmen Jorda is expected to be back in action while Tonis Kasemets will make his first start with Andersen Racing in the Firestone Indy Lights race Sunday on the street course in Toronto, Ontario, team officials announced today.
Both drivers last competed in the series' race at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach in April.
Jorda, a native of Alcoy, Spain, finished tenth in that event driving for the Palmetto, Fla.-based team but then missed three races due to difficulties with her program's funding. The 22-year-old who lives in Miami will be sponsored by ASAP Sports, NTGS.es, iHOLA!, Air Europa and pepetravel.com for the 50-lap Firestone Indy Lights race on Sunday morning that precedes the Honda Indy Toronto IZOD IndyCar Series race later that afternoon.
Tonis Kasemets (pronounced Toe-NEES Kahz-uh-mets), 36, is a native of Parnu, Estonia who lives in Mundelein, Ill. He finished sixth in the Long Beach Firestone Indy Lights race with Team PBIR. That was his only previous start in Firestone Indy Lights, but he drove in five Champ Car World Series races in 2006 for Rocketsport Racing. He was second in the Toyota Atlantic Championship in 2005. More recently he has been driving Daytona Prototypes in the Grand-Am Rolex Series, and he finished fifth in the Atlantic series last year driving for Genoa Racing and Polestar Motor Racing. He honed his skills in what has become the first level of the Indy Racing League's Road to Indy ladder system with the USF2000 National Championship, as he drove Formula 2000 cars with much success for many years and he was the SCCA Formula Continental national champion in 2000.
Kasemets' effort will be sponsored by Flexovit, a manufacturer and marketer of high-productivity abrasive products for the industrial, welding, and construction trades. Additional support will be provided by Northcentral Construction of Fond du Lac, Wis., and a local hotel, the Novotel Toronto North York located at 3 Park Home Ave. in North York, Toronto.
Kasemets will drive the No. 5 car, while Jorda will be in the cockpit of the No. 4 she drove at St. Petersburg, Barber Motorsports Park and Long Beach. Both cars will also advertise the team's sponsor, Allied Building Products Corp.
"We're very pleased that Carmen is back with us for Toronto and the remainder of the year, and we know that she is very excited to be back behind the wheel again," said team co-owner Dan Andersen. "This is her first season racing in America and racing in Firestone Indy Lights, and she is determined to learn as much as possible at every event so she can compete for the championship next year.
"We also welcome Tonis for this 'one-off' appearance," Andersen continued. "I have known him for many years, and have watched him produce excellent results on a shoestring budget. He is one of those very talented drivers who deserves a chance, and it is our pleasure to have him in one of our cars at Toronto. I know he will run at the front."
"It's good to be back in the saddle again," Kasemets said. "Dan and I got to know each other in two-liter cars, and we've known each other for a long time. We've always tried to keep in touch, and perfect timing brought us together to do this race.
"I've driven at Toronto in both Champ Car and Atlantic, so I'm familiar with the track," he added. "Walt Preston [Andersen Racing's Firestone Indy Lights engineer] and I have known each other for quite some time too. We're both old school, so we'll try to come up with a good set-up, have some fun and get some good results."
-source: andersen racing