Andersen Racing Fine-Tunes Staff Roster FAIRFIELD, N.J., May 7 - Dan Andersen doesn't look anything like George Steinbrenner, but he's been tweaking his line-up at Andersen Racing just as if he owned the Yankees. It's all in an effort to ...
Andersen Racing Fine-Tunes Staff Roster
FAIRFIELD, N.J., May 7 - Dan Andersen doesn't look anything like George Steinbrenner, but he's been tweaking his line-up at Andersen Racing just as if he owned the Yankees.
It's all in an effort to continue to show the dominance Andersen Racing displayed at the Star Mazda season opener in March, when it won the pole and the race with two different drivers.
The managerial experience that Richard Morgan brings to the Fairfield, N.J.-based team will now be focused primarily on its SCCA Club Racing program, although Morgan will still assist the team's Pro racing program on an as-needed basis. Morgan's desire to spend more time in his home state of North Carolina played a large role in this change, but with his new focus he'll be able to help develop some testing programs the team has wanted to establish for quite some time. "Richard did an incredible job since he joined us last November, and it's great to have his continued involvement with Andersen Racing on his revised basis," Andersen noted.
William Paul has been promoted from mechanic to crew chief, a role that will see him manage the team both in its New Jersey shop and at races. "He'll be involved in directly overseeing all lead mechanics, team data acquisition specialists, our rig driver and our equipment manger, and he will interface closely with our cadre of engineers," Andersen said. "Will brings a lot of enthusiasm, energy and ideas to the job, and in the coming months we'll be implementing some of those ideas. We're proud to have someone with Will's capabilities on board in this position, and we expect the change to bring immediate rewards for the team."
Mechanic Roger Morissette, who joined the team earlier this year on a temporary basis, has signed on for the full Star Mazda season. "Roger is an excellent, experienced mechanic, and a wonderful addition to Andersen Racing," Andersen said. He will work with engineer Glenn Phillips on Brad Jaeger's car.
Andersen also recently added John Poulter to the team's already strong engineering staff. He'll be assigned to the car driven by Phil Saville in a program that was announced recently. "John's engineering background includes working for the Van Diemen factory team in the mid-nineties, and various stints in Pro F2000 racing during that period as well," Andersen noted. "He assisted us last year at one of our early-season tests and he impressed us with his skills and abilities once again. John is a native of Great Britain and a resident of Toronto, and we welcome him to the team."
Don Hartzell from the Pittsburgh area also joined the team recently as a transporter driver. He most recently worked for Transnet, a Formula Atlantic team.
The other crew assignments for the balance of the season on the multi-car team remain unchanged and are listed on the team's Web site at andersenracingteam.com.
The team's next Star Mazda race, where it will field cars for Brad Jaeger, Gerardo Bonilla and Ramiro Scuncio, is this coming Saturday afternoon, May 13, as part of the Grand Prix of Houston. The team then travels to its "home" track, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, for another race on Saturday, May 20.