Andersen Racing news 2009-11-04

Andersen Racing to Host Karting Camp Dec. 18-22 At Andersen RacePark in Palmetto, Fla. PALMETTO, Fla., Nov. 4 - December usually brings to mind shopping sprees and holiday parties rather than camps. Judging from the initial response by young...

Andersen Racing to Host Karting Camp Dec. 18-22 At Andersen RacePark in Palmetto, Fla.

PALMETTO, Fla., Nov. 4 - December usually brings to mind shopping sprees and holiday parties rather than camps.

Judging from the initial response by young karters, however, Dec. 18-22 is the perfect time to hone their skills at a special competition karting camp presented by Andersen Racing at Andersen RacePark in Palmetto, Fla.

The dates were set to take advantage of many schools' winter breaks while not conflicting with Christmas. The location is already perfect, since the camp will be held at Andersen RacePark's test track centrally located between St. Petersburg and Sarasota in the Sunshine State.

Building on the phenomenal success of Andersen Racing's first competition karting camp this summer, the team's instructors have developed a unique curriculum for the winter camp designed to fulfill each camper's needs.

"Returning drivers will encounter a new set of challenging drills, while drivers new to the Andersen Racing environment will benefit from an experience that is sure to advance their skills," said Wes Phillips, Andersen Racing's director of competition karting.

"The camp includes both classroom and on-track sessions," added Jonny Baker, Andersen Racing's director of driver development. "We'll have braking drills, practice sessions, sessions on passing with and without defensive moves, and sessions specifically covering race starts and qualifying. We'll discuss on-board telemetry and give each participant hand-on experience with kart maintenance."

Physical training will be covered too.

"We have a beach run and a swimming session built into the program, and we also have downtime set aside for a visit to one of the local theme parks," added Eddie Kish, Andersen RacePark's track manager.

All the previous instruction will be used on the final day of the camp.

"The final day we'll have a simulated race, with morning practice sessions, qualifying, heats and a main event," Kish added.

Transportation to and from area airports and lodging is included in the costs for young out-of-town campers.

For more information, telephone (941) 723-3900 or send an e-mail to info@andersenkarting.com. Andersen Racing's karting team's Web site is at andersenkarting.com, while Andersen RacePark's Web site is at andersenracepark.com.

Andersen Racing offers programs in karting, Star Mazda and Firestone Indy Lights in an effort to provide the most comprehensive training program available in open-wheel racing. More information on the team's open-wheel racing cars can be found at andersenracingteam.com. In addition, a Web site outlining the USF2000 series administered by Andersen Promotions can be found at usf2000.com.

-credit: ar

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