Andersen Racing's Dempsey Powers Away To a 14.6-Second Victory Sunday in New Jersey And Pads His Lead in Star Mazda Championship MILLVILLE, N.J., Sept. 16 - With a whopping 14.659-second victory in the second half of a doubleheader at New Jersey...
Andersen Racing's Dempsey Powers Away To a 14.6-Second Victory Sunday in New Jersey And Pads His Lead in Star Mazda Championship
MILLVILLE, N.J., Sept. 16 - With a whopping 14.659-second victory in the second half of a doubleheader at New Jersey Motorsports Park on Sunday, Andersen Racing's Peter Dempsey reaffirmed his points lead in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear with just two races remaining.
When the complete points earned are calculated, Dempsey now leads Joel Miller by five points, 354 to 349. The best 11 of each driver's 12 races count for the championship, however. With the one drop Dempsey is again on top, leading John Edwards by three points, 337 to 334. The championship will come down to the last race, as unofficially the current top seven still have a shot. That includes two other Andersen Racing drivers: Charles Hall and Tom Gladdis.
To date Dempsey has won more races than any other driver in the series, as he's been triumphant four times. Edwards has three victories. Andersen Racing's Hall and Gladdis have one victory each, as does Miller.
Andersen Racing, which was won six of the 10 races run so far this year, leads the team point standings by 77 points over JDC Motorsports, 318 to 241.
Dempsey, of Ashbourne, County Meath, Ireland, started third Sunday in his No. 21, which is sponsored by LotusWorks, Center Jewellers.ie, Quayside.ie, Motorsport Ireland, Allied Interior Products and Trojan Complete IT Solutions. He blasted by Miller, who started second, going into Turn 1 on the first lap, and then zeroed in on the polesitter, Edwards.
His chance came on lap 23 when a lapped car spun in front of Edwards, forcing him to take evasive action. Dempsey avoided them both and took the lead, and was never again headed.
Dempsey enjoyed a huge advantage over the second-place driver, Alex Ardoin, at the checkered flag on lap 32, thoroughly to the delight of the guests of Allied Interior Products on hand as well as his father, Cliff, who surprised his son by flying in from Ireland to attend the doubleheader.
Edwards finished third and Miller fourth. Andersen Racing's Hall, of Sheffield, England, rounded out the top five with the Palmetto, Fla.-based team's No. 77, which is sponsored by Blimpie, AccentBanking.com, Pardoes Solicitors and Allied Interior Products.
Team and series newcomer Valle Makela of Laitila, Finland finished seventh on Sunday with the No. 31, which carried the colors of Amitec and Allied Building Products. The team's fourth driver here, Tom Gladdis of the Isle of Wight and Gibraltar, spun on the first lap after contact with Billy Goshen and had to pit for the radiator of his Marrache & Co. No. 5 to be cleaned of debris. He rejoined the field in last place but regrouped to place 13th in the 23-car field.
Now only two races remain: Oct. 3 at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga. and Oct. 18 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.
The SPEED TV schedule shows Dempsey's Aug. 23 victory at Mosport airing at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27. Saturday's race at New Jersey is slated to be shown at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5, while Sunday's race is scheduled to be broadcast at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12. The Road Atlanta race is scheduled to air at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18. Laguna Seca's TV time slot is 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8. All times are Eastern and subject to change; please see speedtv.com for updates.
Andersen Racing is sponsored by Allied Building Products Corp. It is the official development team of Rahal Letterman Racing. For more information see andersenracingteam.com, andersenracepark.com and starmazda.com.
Post-race quotes follow:
Peter Dempsey: "I got a good start and got past Miller going into Turn 1. I was just hanging on to Edwards as much as I could, waiting to see if anything happened. Then Edwards got some bad luck with traffic that made him spin, and I was there to pick up the pieces. I saw the guys drop back in my mirrors and I just made sure that I remained focused on the job in hand.
"I am delighted to pick up the team's sixth and my fourth win of the year. It was great to do it with all the people from Allied there. We can't forget the series sponsors, Mazda and Goodyear, either. I must say a huge thank you to Anthony Murray for all the hard work he has put in for me recently. Also my dad, who came over from Ireland, which I was not expecting! I'm really happy for both of them; it's fantastic!"
Charles Hall: "Today was a big improvement from Saturday, as we made big changes overnight. I think I could have a got a little more out of the car in qualifying, but I pushed hard in the race and was content with fifth after what was a difficult weekend. We need to do some more work and find some more speed. I am really looking forward to Atlanta; it'll be a new weekend and a fresh start."
Valle Makela: "I did not get the best start and I dropped down to sixth. Midway through the race my tires started to really struggle in the heat and I was just hanging on at the end. I would like to thank the team for two very solid top 10s. I am looking forward to the future."
Tom Gladdis: "Goshen and I touched going into the first corner and I ran wide and picked up a lot of grass in the radiators, so had I had to pit. I came out 30 seconds behind last place, and got back up to 12th with the fourth-fastest lap, so the car was good; it's just a bit of a shame I couldn't put it to full use. These things happen, but hopefully I can get back to the sharp end in Atlanta. I would like to thank Mike Reggio, Dave DeMarchi and the rest of the team for all their hard work."