Jaeger, Meredith Back with Andersen Racing For Road Atlanta Star Mazda Race FAIRFIELD, N.J., Sept. 25 - Brad Jaeger and Chris Meredith will be back with Andersen Racing for Friday's Star Mazda race presented by Goodyear at Road Atlanta Motor ...
Jaeger, Meredith Back with Andersen Racing For Road Atlanta Star Mazda Race
FAIRFIELD, N.J., Sept. 25 - Brad Jaeger and Chris Meredith will be back with Andersen Racing for Friday's Star Mazda race presented by Goodyear at Road Atlanta Motor Sports Center in Braselton, Ga., joining Gerardo Bonilla and Phil Saville in entries fielded by the industrious Fairfield, N.J.-based team.
After a successful test in Kershaw, S.C. last Friday, Jaeger is returning to competition after missing five races due to head injuries suffered in a multi-car accident in the Star Mazda race at Montreal June 24.
Meredith, who ran several Formula SCCA races with Andersen Racing in 2004 before advancing to the Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 series in 2005 and 2006, will be back in the fold for his first Star Mazda race ever.
Bonilla, who leads the Star Mazda series' Expert point standings, and Saville, who is running selected Star Mazda events this year, are set to go too. Ramiro Scuncio, who has run all the Star Mazda events so far this year with the team, will miss Road Atlanta due to sponsor budget constraints.
Two races remain in 2006: Friday's race at Road Atlanta that supports the Petit Le Mans American Le Mans Series (ALMS) headliner, and the season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. Oct. 20-22.
"Everything went really well at the test, so as of now I'm planning on Atlanta and Laguna Seca," said Jaeger, of Cincinnati. "I ran about 75 laps at the test and didn't have any headaches. It was good to get back into the car, and just get used to driving again."
While Jaeger is getting reacclimated, Meredith will be stepping into a Star Mazda car for the first time at Road Atlanta. The 19-year-old Potomac, Md.-based driver has been a top-five runner for the last two years in Cooper Tires Formula Ford 2000 action, and he hopes that his knowledge of the track will help him adapt to the new car quickly.
"I'm really looking forward to running my first Star Mazda race at Road Atlanta," said Meredith, an instructor at the Bertil Roos Racing School. "It's a great opportunity to get in the car on a track I'm pretty familiar with. I'm sure it will take a little different style than the Formula Ford 2000 cars I'm used to, but I hope I can adapt to it as quickly as possible. I'm glad that there are a few more practice sessions on the schedule than usual, and I hope to do well. I'm happy to get back under Dan's canopy again."
"I am very pleased to be able to again run Chris in a car, having had him in an Andersen Racing FSCCA car back in 2004," team owner Dan Andersen said. "I have been following his career, and he has done very well in the Cooper series. His track knowledge of Road Atlanta, coupled with our setups and engineering knowledge, should enable him to enjoy a good outing in his first try at Pro Star Mazda."
Meredith ran four Formula SCCA with Andersen in 2004: two at Sebring, Fla. and two at Road Atlanta. He came from the rear of the field to third in the first race at Sebring, and finished fifth in the other race there. He qualified second for the first race at Road Atlanta, led that event and was pulling away before he encountered problems and ended up eighth. He started eighth and finished fifth in the other FSCCA race at Road Atlanta that weekend. He also finished on the podium with Andersen in the FSCCA car in a SCCA national race in Summit Point, W.Va. Another podium finish that year came in an old Formula Mazda car at a SCCA national event at Beaver Run in Pennsylvania while running with another team.
Meredith finished fifth last year in the Cooper Tires FF2000 series running with Comprent Motorsports. On Sunday he successfully finished another FF2000 season, posting three podium finishes and ending up fifth again in this year's final point standings running with Cape Motorsports.
Meredith's primary sponsors are Meredith International (MII), a security consulting firm, and the Bertil Roos Racing School.
Bonilla, who won the Star Mazda season opener, is a native of Puerto Rico who lives in Orlando, Fla. Saville resides in Oak Park, Ill.
Testing starts on Tuesday at Road Atlanta. The first official Star Mazda practice session is slated to start at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, with qualifying at 4 p.m. Thursday and the 45-minute race at 12:45 p.m. Friday.
For more information see the team's Web site at andersenracingteam.com and the series' Web site at starmazda.com.