Iowa: Andersen Racing pre-event notes

Andersen Racing Star Mazda Pre-Race Notes * Saturday's Pizza Ranch 100 Star Mazda race at Iowa Speedway (scheduled for 7:30 p.m. local time) is the 75th consecutive Star Mazda race in which Andersen Racing has entered cars. In the 74 previous ...

Andersen Racing Star Mazda Pre-Race Notes

* Saturday's Pizza Ranch 100 Star Mazda race at Iowa Speedway (scheduled for 7:30 p.m. local time) is the 75th consecutive Star Mazda race in which Andersen Racing has entered cars. In the 74 previous events the team has won 16 poles and 17 races. The Palmetto, Fla.-based team is the only team still running since the debut of this generation of Star Mazda race car in 2004.

* Andersen Racing is leading the series' team point standings and three of its drivers are in the top five in the point standings. Andersen Racing won the Star Mazda team championship in 2008 and finished second in those standings in 2009.

* Andersen Racing is fielding four cars in Saturday's Star Mazda race. They are driven by:


     Mikael Grenier (No. 17) of Stoneham, Quebec, who is second in the current driver standings


     Anders Krohn (No. 47) of Stavanger, Norway, who is third in the current driver standings


     Tristan Vautier (No. 38) of Corenc, France, who is fifth in the current point standings and won the season opener at Sebring, Fla.


     Nick Andries (No. 81) of Pinnellas Park, Fla., who is making his second Star Mazda start.

* Over the next two weekends (here at Iowa Speedway and next weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park), Andersen Racing will be supporting Give Kids the World (see givekidstheworld.org) in its quest to win the Pepsi Refresh Project by running decals on the team's race cars.

Throughout the month of June, the non-profit organization is asking everyone to log on to www.refresheverything.com/givekidstheworld and vote to "Refresh the Village." If Give Kids The World receives the most votes in June, Pepsi will give the organization a grant for $250,000. The funds will be used to refurbish the villas that children with life-threatening illnesses and their families stay in during their visits to Give Kids The World, which is located in Kissimmee, Fla.

* Andersen Racing Star Mazda drivers Mikael Grenier and Tristan Vautier spoke to approximately 150 students Tuesday at an elementary school in Quebec City, Quebec, Externat St-Jean-Berchmans.

They told the students that it's important to take their studies seriously in order to be able to do things like race cars; to follow their dreams, and to work hard to achieve their goals.

For more information see lejournaldequebec.canoe.ca/journaldequebec/sports/encoreplus/archives/2010/06/20100615-202017.html

* Live video streaming and live timing and scoring of Saturday's Star Mazda race will be available on starmazda.com. The 50-lap/30-minute USF2000 race will stream live on usf2000.com too. Its starting time is 3:35 p.m. local time.

* Andersen Racing is one of the leading development teams in North America. It offers extensive karting programs from its base at Andersen RacePark, a 1-mile road course in Palmetto, Fla. In addition to its Star Mazda team it also fields cars in Firestone Indy Lights. A sister company, Andersen Promotions, administers the USF2000 National Championship presented by Cooper Tires and powered by Mazda. Both the Star Mazda series and USF2000 are part of the Road to Indy and the MAZDASPEED Motorsports driver development programs.

* This weekend's races at Iowa Speedway mark one of only two times this year that all three of the series that are part of the Road to Indy program (USF2000, Star Mazda and Firestone Indy Lights) will appear on the same card as the headlining IZOD IndyCar Series.

-source: andersen racing

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Series Pro Mazda
Drivers Mikael Grenier , Tristan Vautier , Anders Krohn , Nick Andries