Andersen Racing's Karting Team Expands To Offer International Program PALMETTO, Fla., March 22 - The American Formula 1 team may not be in action at the moment, but Andersen Racing has formed a formal alliance with Kalman Motorsport of Hungary...
Andersen Racing's Karting Team Expands To Offer International Program
PALMETTO, Fla., March 22 - The American Formula 1 team may not be in action at the moment, but Andersen Racing has formed a formal alliance with Kalman Motorsport of Hungary so the team will have a solid presence in the European karting community as well as in the United States.
Today Andersen Racing's director of competition karting, Wes Phillips, is on his way to Salbris, France in order to race in the first round of the 2010 Euro Challenge there March 24-28. He plans to have other American karters with him to compete in other rounds of that series May 26-30 in Wackersdorf, Germany; July 14-18 at Speedworld in Austria and Sept. 1-5 in Genk, Belgium under Andersen Racing's new international karting program, an expansion of the team's already popular corporate, regional and national karting programs.
"Having a Rotax European karting team based in the United States and consisting of American karters has been a goal for Andersen Racing's karting program, and now it is a reality," Phillips said. "We also plan to host international drivers in the United States-based Rotax Pan-American Challenge," he said.
Phillips, who has competed in numerous international karting events in the past, can provide the experience needed by American karters making the foray into international competition. The team, which is based at Andersen RacePark in Palmetto, Fla., is also well equipped to handle the myriad of details that European drivers need should they decide to race in America.
"When I first started competing internationally, I didn't know what I needed to do to prepare for each event," Phillips said. "I was stressed before I even got to the track, which took away some of my energy and didn't allow me to focus solely on the races themselves. With this program, drivers can sign on with Andersen Racing and have most of the details already taken care of. We can handle licensing, booking, registration and even flights for American drivers wishing to compete in Europe and European drivers wishing to compete in America."
Phillips added that Andersen Racing's international karting squad is not limited to its current roster of karters. "We have already had drivers commit to multiple rounds of this international program, so space could become limited," Phillips added.