Four Drivers Test Andersen Racing F2000 Cars at Andersen RacePark
PALMETTO, Fla., Dec. 13 - Andersen Racing is already making good use of its newly purchased 1-mile road course at Andersen RacePark. The team tested some of its F2000 Championship Series cars at its new headquarters there three days last week.
Andersen Racing is a powerhouse in the F2000 series. Three of its drivers finished in the top five in that series this year. One of them, Ricardo Vassmer, put one of the team's brand-new 2008 Van Diemens through its paces at the test.
"Ricardo once again showed us why he will be the man to beat in F2000 in 2008," said team co-owner Dan Andersen. "He is a true professional race car driver, with great feedback and consistent, fast laps that allowed us to accomplish our goals for the test."
Three other drivers also sampled the team's F2000 cars at the test: Keith Spicer, Eric Fagan and Conor Daly.
"Keith Spicer, one of the best local karters at our track, drove flawlessly and posted excellent lap times under the watchful eye of [engineer] Dominic Cape," Andersen said. "He will be very fast in an F2000 car when he decides to make the jump. He currently drives with a local powerhouse kart team, DL Racing, and he's done Stars of Karting events nationally."
Fagan, a very successful kart racer from Ohio, had never driven a race car prior to buckling into one of Andersen Racing's F2000 cars, but he adapted very quickly and was turning competitive times by the end of the day. "He clearly is a talented young man who will run at the front if he chooses to compete in F2000," Andersen said.
Andersen was also impressed with Daly, the son of former Formula One and IndyCar driver Derek Daly.
"The test really opened our eyes as to the potential of this very talented young man," Andersen said of Daly, who won the Stars of Karting East TaG Championship as well as three Skip Barber races this year from his base in Noblesville, Ind. "He adapted immediately to the car and demonstrated both control and an attacking driving style that was a lot of fun to watch. His times were excellent, getting very close to the times that Ricardo posted. We hope to see Conor race with us at some point in the coming F2000 season.
"All in all, it was an excellent three-day test," Andersen said. "I'm very happy with our new track. It requires drivers to be patient, disciplined and in good physical shape, as it is very busy and technical. Our team drivers will learn much utilizing the facility, and I'm pleased with all that occurred last week."
Although additional dates could be added, the team's next two official tests are both at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla. The F2000 and Star Mazda cars are scheduled to be in action there Jan. 7-8, while the Indy Pro Series cars are slated to test there Jan. 24-25.