Indy Racing League News And Notes -- Feb. 1, 2005 Today's IRL headlines 1.Anderson Joins Andretti Green Racing 1. Anderson Joins Andretti Green Racing: Veteran Indy-style racing team manager John Anderson has joined Andretti Green Racing as...
Indy Racing League News And Notes -- Feb. 1, 2005
Today's IRL headlines
1.Anderson Joins Andretti Green Racing
1. Anderson Joins Andretti Green Racing: Veteran Indy-style racing team manager John Anderson has joined Andretti Green Racing as one of the team's two team managers.
Anderson, who will share responsibilities with George Klotz, will also serve as race strategist for the No. 26 Klein Tools/Jim Beam Dallara/Honda/Firestone driven by Dan Wheldon.
"We are very excited to bring John Anderson back on board," said Kevin Savoree, who co-owns Andretti Green Racing with Michael Andretti and Kim Green. "He brings a wealth of experience and a good understanding for how Andretti Green likes to operate. He has been a good friend to many of us at this team for a lot of years and is a great addition."
Anderson has spent the last two years as director of operations for the Champ Car World Series. Prior to joining the staff at Champ Car, Anderson spent two years at Team Green as a consultant and race strategist for driver Paul Tracy.
"Andretti Green Racing has quickly established itself, not just in the IndyCar Series, but in the motorsports industry, and it is going to be great to be a part of it," Anderson said. "I'm really looking forward to working with Dan Wheldon and everyone on the team.
Hopefully, we can bring another championship to this building and continue the great things that have been started here."
Wheldon, who won three races in 2004 and finished second in the IndyCar Series point standings, is looking forward to building a successful relationship with Anderson.
"To have someone of John's caliber come in and take over in this role is certainly exciting for me," Wheldon said. "I hope we can pick up where we left off in 2004, win some more races and make another run at the IndyCar Series championship."
Anderson, a native of Australia, is in his fourth decade of involvement in the motorsports industry. He began as a mechanic for a Formula 5000 team in Australia before coming to the United States in 1981. Anderson began working in Indy-style racing in 1984 as a mechanic for Forsythe Racing and then advanced to the level of team manager and crew chief at Mike Curb Motorsports in 1986.
He has also served as crew chief or team manager for Galles Racing, King Motorsports, A.J. Foyt Racing and Pac West Racing Group. Among the drivers he has worked with are Al Unser Jr., Roberto Guerrero, A.J. Foyt, Mauricio Gugelmin, Mark Blundell and Scott Dixon.
The IRL IndyCar Series opens its 10th season of competition with the Toyota Indy 300 at 2 p.m. (EST) on March 6, 2005 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be televised live on ESPN and the IMS Radio Network. The 2005 Menards Infiniti Pro Series season also opens on March 6 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The race will be televised by ESPN2 at 4 p.m. (EST) on March 17.