Canada's Grenier to Return To Andersen Racing For Complete 2010 Star Mazda Season PALMETTO, Fla., Jan. 8 - Canadian racing phenom Mikael Grenier plans to contest the entire 2010 schedule in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear as a...
Canada's Grenier to Return To Andersen Racing For Complete 2010 Star Mazda Season
PALMETTO, Fla., Jan. 8 - Canadian racing phenom Mikael Grenier plans to contest the entire 2010 schedule in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear as a member of Andersen Racing.
The announcement was made this morning at a press conference in Quebec City, Quebec at the law offices of Heenan Blaikie Aubut. One of its lawyers, Andre Lapage, is Grenier's legal advisor. One of that firm's principals, Marcel Aubut, is the former president and chief executive officer of the Quebec Nordiques National Hockey League team in Quebec, and is currently the president of the Canadian Olympic Committee for the 2010 Winter Olympics to be held in Vancouver next month.
Grenier, 17, of Stoneham, Quebec, tested the waters in the Star Mazda series last year by running in six of its 13 events as a member of the Palmetto, Fla.-based super team. He finished on the podium in both races at New Jersey Motorsports Park, which were won by two of his teammates, Conor Daly and Richard Kent. Grenier placed fourth at Trois-Rivieres, Quebec in his homeland, and had two other strong top-10 finishes in his initial foray into the series.
He'll attempt to build on that in 2010, and will test with the team at Sebring, Fla. Jan. 22-24 in preparation for the season opener at Sebring International Raceway on March 19. The first Star Mazda race of the year is a support event for the American Le Mans Series' Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
Sponsoring the young gun will be NAPA Auto Parts, CAA Quebec, HS Telecome, Desharnais Pneus & Mecanique and 66graphx.
"Mikael drove for us last season in six races, and in that short time he demonstrated what a remarkable talent he is," said Andersen Racing co-owner Dan Andersen. "He combines tremendous ability, focus and determination with maturity beyond his years, and there is no doubt that he will win races and challenge seriously for the Star Mazda championship title in 2010. We expect a lot from him, and I am delighted to add him to our full-time driver lineup."
"It is a pleasure for me to be back with Andersen Racing in 2010!" said Grenier. "I did six races with them last year and I really felt great! It is a very professional team, and they all have the same goal as I do - to win the 2010 championship - and I really think we can do it!
"A special thanks to Dan Andersen for giving me the opportunity to drive for him and for everything he did for me last year," Grenier added. "Now I can't wait to show everybody what Andersen Racing and I can do on a racetrack!
"Also, thanks to my sponsors, NAPA Autoparts, CAA Quebec, HS Telecome, Desharnais Pneus & Mecanique and 66graphx!" he added. "Without them I would just be watching racing at home!"
"I am very happy that we have reach an agreement with Andersen Racing early in the year," said Vincent Bernier, Grenier's agent and the former president of the Quebec Kebs, the only professional basketball team in Quebec province. "I feel that Andersen Racing is the best racing team for Mikael to be a part of in order to reach his goal of becoming the Star Mazda champion in 2010."
One of Grenier's teammates at Andersen Racing in 2010 will be Anders Krohn of Sandnes, Norway, whose signing was announced on Dec. 21. A limited number of additional seats are still available with the team. Potential drivers may obtain more information by contacting the team by telephone at (941) 723-3900 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grenier started his racing career in karts at the age of 5. Andersen Racing, the development team of Rahal Letterman Racing, uses karting, Star Mazda and Firestone Indy Lights to prepare young drivers for careers at the top of the sport. The team, which is sponsored by Allied Building Products and Lafarge North America, even has its own 1-mile road course test track at its headquarters in Palmetto, Fla.
-source: anderson racing