Jaeger Signs with Andersen Walko Racing For 2006 Star Mazda Season FAIRFIELD, N.J., Oct. 30 - Andersen Walko Racing is pleased to announce that it will field a car for 20-year-old Brad Jaeger of Cincinnati in the 2006 Star Mazda Championship ...
Jaeger Signs with Andersen Walko Racing For 2006 Star Mazda Season
FAIRFIELD, N.J., Oct. 30 - Andersen Walko Racing is pleased to announce that it will field a car for 20-year-old Brad Jaeger of Cincinnati in the 2006 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear.
Jaeger, a junior mechanical engineering student at Vanderbilt University, will run the full 12-race schedule and hopes to compete for the championship. He ran half the races in 2005 with another team, and tested with AWR at BeaveRun Motorsports Park near Pittsburgh in early September.
What influenced him to join Andersen Walko?
"It doesn't take long to see that they have a passion for racing," he said. "They're out there to have fun and to win. They put together a good package. They had four drivers this year and they were all competitive. I'm sure they'll help me develop my driving skills."
The team, which is based in North Versailles, Pa. and Fairfield, N.J., ended the season with 75 percent of its drivers in the top 10 and half of them in the top four. One finished second in the overall point standings and earned the series' Rookie of the Year award.
"Driver development is important to me, and Andersen Walko does more than just prepare race cars; they help with everything," Jaeger continued. "Their whole program was the package that fits our needs the best."
Jaeger won the Pacific Formula 2000 Pro Series championship in 2004, recording three victories and 10 podium finishes. He also drove a Porsche GT3 in the 2004 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.
He finished second in the 2003 SCCA national Sports 2000 championship, recording four podium finishes. He also competed in a Skip Barber regional series that year, taking four podium finishes and one pole.
He started racing go-karts in 2001, and moved into cars in 2002 in SCCA regional Sports 2000 competition, posting seven victories and nine poles.
"We've been keeping our eyes on Brad for some time, and we're confident that he'll be a great addition to our team next year," team co-owner Dan Andersen said. "He's serious about going for the championship, and so are we.
"His joining our team is just one of several exciting announcements we will be making shortly," Andersen added.
After testing in the off-season, Jaeger's first race of 2006 will be the Star Mazda season opener March 17-18, which is part of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring American Le Mans Series program at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla.
All of the Star Mazda races are televised on SPEED.
Other drivers and sponsors wishing to join Jaeger at AWR next year may obtain more information at andersenwalko.com or by calling Dan Andersen at (973) 244-1900.
Jaeger's Web site is at bradjaeger.com. Other interesting information can be obtained at starmazda.com, americanlemans.com, speedtv.com and restartcommunications.com.