Andersen Racing signs Peter Dempsey

Andersen Racing Signs Dempsey For 2008 Star Mazda Championship PALMETTO, Fla., Feb. 18 - Andersen Racing has signed Peter Dempsey for the 2008 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear following a spectacular test at Sebring International ...

Andersen Racing Signs Dempsey For 2008 Star Mazda Championship

PALMETTO, Fla., Feb. 18 - Andersen Racing has signed Peter Dempsey for the 2008 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear following a spectacular test at Sebring International Raceway in which the Irish driver was timed well under the current Star Mazda track record.

On the first day of the test in Sebring, Fla. on Jan. 28, the 21-year-old driver from Ashbourne, County Meath, Ireland posted a lap that was 0.6 of a second under the current track record for the class. On the second day he remained fastest of the drivers participating in the test, beating his rivals by 1 second even though he was still on the tires he'd used the previous day.

Track records can only be set during actual competition, but the test bodes well for Dempsey's chances at the season opener March 13-14 at Sebring.

"I'm over the moon with the test, and to be a second quicker on old tires when everyone else was on new gives me a big advantage," Dempsey said. "The team, my engineer and my mechanic were brilliant. I had the best car on the track, and that made my job a lot easier. I really have to thank Dan Andersen, the team co-owner. He has a fantastic team."

"There were about a dozen cars at the test, and Dempsey blew everyone away with times well under the track record," Andersen said. "He was more than a full second ahead of the second-quickest driver, who was Tom Gladdis in another one of our cars. Peter did a 1:58.7 and no one else was lower than 2:00.0. If that continues, we should have fun this year!"

"I just can't wait to get going," Dempsey agreed. "It will be a new challenge for me in a different country and in a different car and with a different team. I really only have raced on my dad's team, Cliff Dempsey Racing, up to this point."

Dempsey's addition to the Palmetto, Fla.-based team's Star Mazda squad brings its driver roster to four for that series. Juliana Gonzalez and Yannick Hofman are already signed in addition to Dempsey and Gladdis.

Dempsey also tested at Andersen Racing's test track, Andersen RacePark, on Dec. 16-17, which was the first time he drove a Star Mazda car.

He has an impressive record in British and Irish Formula Ford competition, however. He won the Leinster Trophy in 2007, along with the BRDC Golden Helmet, Martin Donnelly Trophy and the Walter Hayes Trophy. He was also a Dunlop/Motorsport Ireland Young Driver of the Year finalist last year.

Dempsey finished third in the British Formula Ford Duratec Championship in 2006. He won the British Formula Ford 1600 Championship in 2005, the year in which he won 33 out of 43 races and was named the Motorsport Ireland Young Driver of the Year.

Andersen Racing strives to provide the best training possible for future open-wheel superstars. It addition to Star Mazda, Andersen Racing fields multiple entries in the F2000 Championship presented by Hoosier Racing Tire and the Indy Pro Series, the official development series of IndyCar. It is the official development team of Rahal Letterman Racing, which competes in both IndyCar and the ALMS. The team is sponsored by Allied Building Products Corp.

For more information on Andersen Racing see andersenracingteam.com and andersenracepark.com. For more information on the Star Mazda series see starmazda.com. For more information on Dempsey, see peterdempsey.com.

-credit: ar

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Series Pro Mazda
Drivers Martin Donnelly , Tom Gladdis , Peter Dempsey