NA-F2000: Andersen Racing VIR race notes

Andersen Racing Contingent Are Contenders At VIR F2000 Season Opener FAIRFIELD, N.J., April 19- Andersen Racing drivers ran strongly at the 2007 F2000 Championship Series season-opening doubleheader last weekend at VIRginia International Raceway...

Andersen Racing Contingent Are Contenders At VIR F2000 Season Opener

FAIRFIELD, N.J., April 19- Andersen Racing drivers ran strongly at the 2007 F2000 Championship Series season-opening doubleheader last weekend at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Va.

Terrick Mansur led Saturday's race and was looking very strong until the top three came up very suddenly on a car they were able to lap. Mansur had to slow drastically to avoid contact, which allowed his two pursuers to pass on the outside. Time ran out for him to regain the top spot, but he still finished on the podium.

Finishing right behind him was one of his Andersen Racing teammates, Noah Bystrom of Chanhassen, Minn., who took fourth after a heated battle with Jesse Yorio.

Mansur and Bystrom recorded the team's best results for the weekend, as they also finished seventh and eighth in the second half of the doubleheader on Sunday. Mansur again looked very strong in that event, but a spin in the rain thwarted a podium finish that time.

Juliana Gonzalez ran a strong sixth in her first race as a member of the An dersen Racing squad on Saturday, but the highlight of her weekend was qualifying second for Sunday's race. Unfortunately shortly after she ran her fastest lap in the session she made hard contact with a wall. Luckily the native of Columbia wasn't hurt.

The Andersen Racing crew had less than two and a half hours to repair her car after the accident, and 45 minutes went by before the racer was returned to the paddock. "We made a heroic effort to repair three corners, replace the rear wing, repair the damaged front wing, and fix a few other issues, and came up 10 minutes short," team owner Dan Andersen said.

The fourth F2000 driver in the team's stable, Scott Willard of Weston, Conn., finished 16th on Saturday. He qualified tenth for Sunday's race but decided to withdraw from that event after the pace lap due to the poor weather conditions. It was raining heavily at the start of the race, and many drivers lost control on the straights before the race even began, causing expensive repairs to their cars that Willard wanted to avoid with his mount.

"I am very impressed with our drivers and see great results this season," Andersen said. "I believe they all made strong statements about their competitiveness to the field, and they are clearly contenders."

That was evident even at the first practice session on Friday, as Mansur, Bystrom and Gonzalez ran first, second and third in that session.

The next F2000 doubleheader is May 11-12 at Road Atlanta Motorsports Park in Braselton, Ga.

For more information on the team, see andersenracingteam.com. For more information on the series, see f2000championshipseries.com.

-credit: ar

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