Milwaukee: Andersen Racing race notes

Andersen Racing Drivers Have Fun on the Oval At Milwaukee Mile in Star Mazda Action MILWAUKEE, June 3 - The only oval on the 2006 schedule for the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear proved to be both fun and a learning experience for...

Andersen Racing Drivers Have Fun on the Oval At Milwaukee Mile in Star Mazda Action

MILWAUKEE, June 3 - The only oval on the 2006 schedule for the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear proved to be both fun and a learning experience for the three Andersen Racing drivers Saturday at the Milwaukee Mile.

Brad Jaeger of Cincinnati recorded a stirring drive with his Andersen Racing No. 2 in the 100-lap race, round four of the championship and part of the Champ Car World Series' Time Warner Cable Road Runner 225. He came from 23rd starting spot to finish 11th.

Gerardo Bonilla of Orlando, Fla. was up to eighth place with the Andersen Racing/Skip Barber Racing School No. 9 until he spun with about nine laps to go while in a heated battle for position. He recovered neatly, never hit anything, and only lost four positions to end up 12th at the checkered.

Ramiro Scuncio of Conception, Chile hasn't even seen many oval tracks in his lifetime but he adapted to the 1.032-mile oval well too, never put a wheel wrong and brought his Andersen Racing Team/Sky Arline Chile No. 22 home in 19th place.

Mike Potekhen won the race over Daniel Herrington and Robbie Pecorari.

The next Star Mazda race is June 23-25 at the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit in Montreal as a support event for the Canadian Grand Prix.

The Mid-Ohio race will be telecast on SPEED from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern time on June 11. Saturday's race from Milwaukee is slated to be shown on the same network from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time on June 18.

Andersen Racing's Web site is at andersenracingteam.com and the series' Web site is at starmazda.com.

Quotes follow:

Brad Jaeger: "The qualifying session didn't go like we wanted, but we had a good car for the race. The race was very fun; I was able to get a lot of passing done. This was my first oval race ever, and I was pleased with how things went.

"It would have been nice if we had qualified better, but we went to new tires for qualifying and that threw our balance off a little, and we had too much oversteer for qualifying. But for the race the car was good.

"It was lots of close racing so it was fun, and it was important for the points. I think we moved up from 17th to 13th in the points, so that moves us within a range where we can compete for a top-10 position next. We survived the oval, and now we can move on to Montreal."

Gerardo Bonilla: "My car was working pretty good. I had some good battles with Ron White, Rob Bunker and Daniel Herrington; Herrington went on to finish second.

"It was fun. My car was really good coming out of the corners.

"I was focused on the battle I was having and I just shifted my focus one second when I shouldn't have with about nine laps to go or something like that and I spun. I went forward 180 degrees and then in reverse 180 degrees, and I did a burn-out and got going again. I didn't hit anything and I only lost four spots. I think we got some good camera time off that."

Ramiro Scuncio: "We started 19th and finished 19th. I had some good battles and I got valuable experience for future oval-track races. I was pleased because I didn't make any mistakes and I was gaining speed all weekend. It was a good learning experience."

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Series Pro Mazda
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Skip Barber , Robbie Pecorari , Brad Jaeger , Daniel Herrington , Ron White , Ramiro Scuncio , Gerardo Bonilla , Mike Potekhen