IPS: Andersen Racing signs Scarallo

Scarallo Will Drive for Andersen Racing in 2007 Indy Pro Series FAIRFIELD, N.J., Feb. 1 - Dan Andersen of Andersen Racing is pleased to announce that Joey Scarallo of Smithtown, N.Y. will drive an Andersen Racing entry in the 2007 Indy Pro ...

Scarallo Will Drive for Andersen Racing in 2007 Indy Pro Series

FAIRFIELD, N.J., Feb. 1 - Dan Andersen of Andersen Racing is pleased to announce that Joey Scarallo of Smithtown, N.Y. will drive an Andersen Racing entry in the 2007 Indy Pro Series.

Scarallo joins Andrew Prendeville of Morristown, N.J. as the drivers the Fairfield, N.J.-based team will use for the entire 16-race season. It begins Saturday, March 24 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla.

The Indy Pro Series is the official development series of IndyCar. All the races will be televised on ESPN2.

Scarallo has been successfully competing in Trans-Am cars since 2003, so he's getting back to his open-wheel roots in 2007.

He started driving competitively in karts at the age of 11 and quickly became a force to be reckoned with in the Long Island Karting Association, winning three championships with that organization in 1993. He's also won two national championships in the International Karting Federation.

He then advanced to Formula Ford 2000 cars, becoming the youngest Bertil Roos Formula Ford 2000 series champion ever in 1995. The following year he recorded three top-10 finishes in the tough U.S. Formula Ford 2000 national championship. He ran a limited schedule in 1997 before tacking the Toyota Atlantic series in an under-funded effort in 2000.

He got the chance to drive Trans-Am cars in 2003, snatched it, and was immediately impressive. He won the three-hour Puerto Rico Grand Prix in 2004. He had two podium finishes in 2005 (Portland and Cleveland), and finished fifth in the point standings in a very close point battle that year.

He only ran six of 12 American GT Road Racing Assn. American GT Challenge races in 2006, but he set that series on its ear when he won five of the six races he ran. He finished fourth in the point standings, just one point out of third. He totally dominated the two races at Lime Rock Park and at Mosport, winning the poles with new track records and then setting new race lap records in winning those events.

"We're delighted that Joey will be driving for us in 2007," said John Andersen, who manages the team's Indy Pro Series program. "Dan and I got to know him when he was running F2000 cars, and we know he can get the job done."

Scarallo is looking forward to racing open-wheel cars again. He first drove an Indy Pro Series car last week when he quickly passed his rookie test at Homestead. He said the Indy Pro Series car he'll campaign in 2007 is a new car that is owned by his father, and it's fun to drive.

"The car was great; it was just very different from the Trans-Am cars I've been running," Scarallo said after passing his rookie test. "It took me a little bit to get used to it because it's so different than what I have been running, but it seems like it's going to be a lot of fun."

Most of the tracks Scarallo will compete at this year will be new to him.

"I ran at Sears Point before, but we used a different layout," he noted. "I've run at Watkins Glen in the past, but on the short course, not the long course. All the rest of the tracks will be new to me.

"The ovals will be the most challenging for me because so much of that depends on the car's set-up," Scarallo continued. "But then, that makes it more fun."

He's especially looking forward to the street-course races.

"I've always done well on street courses running Trans-Am," he said. "They seem to be more of a driver's track, because there isn't much room."

One of the tracks that will be new to Scarallo is the historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The Indy Pro Series has three races there in 2007; one on the oval May 25 as a support event to the Indianapolis 500 and two on the road course June 16 and June 17 as support races for the United States Grand Prix Formula 1 race.

Many great race car drivers never get to race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Although Scarallo is looking forward to the experience, he has even higher aspirations.

"It will be good to race there, but for me it's just the first step," he said. "I'm not doing it just so someday I can tell my son that I raced at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For me the dream won't be complete until I've actually won the Indy 500," he said.

"That's my goal," he added firmly.

Scarallo has already competed at another famous American track, Daytona International Speedway. He competed in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in 2002.

-credit: andersen racing

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