Andersen Racing's Vassmer Is Going For 2008 F2000 Championship Title
PALMETTO, Fla., Jan. 7 - Ricardo Vassmer is expected to once again mount a serious challenge for the title in SCCA F2000 Championship Series action with today's announcement that he'll return to Andersen Racing for the 2008 season.
Although he didn't compete in last year's season-opening doubleheader, the charismatic 24-year-old driver from Caracas, Venezuela and Coral Springs, Fla. still finished fifth in the F2000 series last year out of 52 drivers earning points. He was one of three Andersen Racing drivers to place in the top five in the very competitive series that is conducted on doubleheader weekends.
In the 10 F2000 races he ran last year, Vassmer was in the top five half of the time and out of the top 10 only twice. He posted one victory, winning from the pole with a new track record in the first round of the doubleheader at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland on June 23. Other highlights of his year were both starting and finishing second at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course July 14 and then starting first and finishing second there the following day. Challenging Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. was also a good venue for Vassmer, as he started third in both of those races and took home fourth and third-place finishes.
The series expands from 12 races in 2007 to 14 in 2008. The season-opening doubleheader is slated for April 18-20 at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Va.
Andersen Racing is Van Diemen's official factory team. Vassmer's Van Diemen will carry decals advertising at least two sponsors in 2008: Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA) and ZOOM, a top courier service. Additional marketing partnerships are still available for his effort. The series will be presented by Hoosier Racing Tire in 2008.
"We're delighted to have Ricardo Vassmer return for a full season of F2000," said team co-owner Dan Andersen. "He has the skill, experience and temperament to win the championship in 2008, and we expect him to be strong right from the start. He works well with our entire crew and he will be a huge asset as we develop the team cars with the support of Elan."
"It's great to be back with Andersen Racing," said Vassmer. "The team is working full time to have an even better platform than last year to give their drivers a better chance of winning, and I'm very happy to be one of them!
"Having the track at Palmetto is excellent, because it makes it a lot easier to test and prepare ourselves for next season," added Vassmer, referring to the team's test track, Andersen RacePark.
"Last year I had a lot of fun in the F2000 series," Vassmer said. "The races are pretty intense at the front, and the series has a lot of good drivers. I also like the way the series is organized and the races venues that we do.
"Everybody is working as hard as we can, and we hope to see the results of that pay off in the new season," he concluded.
Andersen Racing, long a powerhouse in F2000 racing, strives to provide the best training possible for future open-wheel stars. It fields multiple entries in three different series: F2000, Star Mazda and the Indy Pro Series. It is the official development team of Rahal Letterman Racing. The team is headquartered at Andersen RacePark, an 18-acre facility in Palmetto, Fla. that includes a 1-mile test track.
Andersen Racing's F2000 and Star Mazda contingents are testing at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla. today and tomorrow, Jan. 7-8.
For more information see andersenracingteam.com, ricardovassmer.com, andersenracepark.com and f2000championshipseries.com.
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