SCC: Andrew Caddell - Ford interview 2009-01-14

This Week in Ford Racing As a part of his reward for winning the inaugural championship in the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge, Andrew Caddell will team up with Jim Click in the No. 150 Hyper Sport / Jim Click Racing Ford Mustang FR500C at the ...

This Week in Ford Racing

As a part of his reward for winning the inaugural championship in the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge, Andrew Caddell will team up with Jim Click in the No. 150 Hyper Sport / Jim Click Racing Ford Mustang FR500C at the Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series opener in Daytona, Fla. Caddell talks about his experience at January Test Days and the differences between the FR500S, which is run in the Mustang Challenge, and the FR500C, which is run in the KONI Challenge.

ARE YOU EXCITED TO GET BACK INTO CAR AGAIN? "Yeah, I'm excited. We went down to the test days and it was pretty cool. The cars are similar in a lot of ways but a little different in other ways. It was kind of cool to get down there and get in a different car, and to especially get around Daytona."

IN WHAT WAYS ARE THE MUSTANG FR500S DIFFERENT FROM THE FR500C? "The tires are a little different. They run Hoosiers in KONI and BFGoodrich in the Mustang Challenge. I'm getting used to those; they're a little bit harder, so they want to spin the tires a lot more than the Mustang Challenge car did. Also, the Mustang Challenge car had the wing and the front splitter and the KONI car only has the little spoiler, so they tend to push a lot more than the Mustang Challenge car. So you have to be careful with what you do when getting into the corner to make sure that it doesn't push at all and you don't run the front tires off of it."

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN ON TRACK AT DAYTONA BEFORE? "No, I've never been on track at Daytona until the Test Days. I've got rFactor, which is a simulator, and I've got Daytona on that. So I've been using that and trying to used to it a bit."

HOW MUCH WILL BEING PAIRED WITH A DRIVER LIKE JIM CLICK HELP YOU? "It will help a ton having him there. He's a very nice man. I talked to him a lot throughout last season. Also, to be paired with Hyper Sport is great because they won the championship last year. I think that they will be very valuable because they know what they're doing. Joe Foster will be able to help me out and tell me what to do. With the whole team that they have over there, it should be a very good opportunity for us in Daytona."

DO YOU KNOW IF YOU'LL BE BACK TO DEFEND YOUR MUSTANG CHALLENGE TITLE IN THE 2009 SEASON? "It's still up in the air. We're actually talking to a lot of people about next year. Hopefully we'll get those plans ironed out soon because the first race is in a few months."

-credit: ford racing

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Series Grand-Am , Road racing
Drivers Joe Foster , Jim Click , Andrew Caddell