Three Andersen Racing Drivers Are in Top Five In Star Mazda Quals Friday at Road America; Dempsey and Gladdis to Start Second and Third ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Aug. 8 - Three Andersen Racing drivers qualified in the top five in Star Mazda action ...
Three Andersen Racing Drivers Are in Top Five In Star Mazda Quals Friday at Road America; Dempsey and Gladdis to Start Second and Third
ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Aug. 8 - Three Andersen Racing drivers qualified in the top five in Star Mazda action Friday afternoon at Road America, and the fourth one was only 0.130 of a second out of making the top 10.
Peter Dempsey led the way for the Palmetto, Fla.-based team, qualifying second with a time of 2:05.540 for an average speed of 116.081 miles per hour for the 4.048-mile road course. That was just 0.227 of a second longer than John Edwards took to win the pole. Dempsey, of Ashbourne, Country Meath, Ireland, drives the No. 21 that advertises LotusWorks, Center Jewellers.ie, Quayside.ie, Allied Interior Products and Trojan Complete IT Solutions. He missed the last practice session while the team changed his car's engine, but he made quick work of qualifying with excellent results.
Qualifying just 0.288 of a second behind Dempsey was one of his teammates, Tom Gladdis of the Isle of Wight and Gibraltar. His Marrache & Co. No. 5 had a qualifying time of 2:05.828 (115.815 mph) for the race, the sixth round of a 12-race series that is presented by Goodyear.
Joel Miller qualified fourth, but Andersen Racing's Charles Hall was fifth with a time of 2:06.250 (115.428 mph) with his No. 77. Hall, of Sheffield, England, is sponsored by Blimpie, AccentBanking.com, Pardoes Solicitors and Allied Interior Products.
Making her first start with Andersen Racing, Natalia Kowalska qualified 11th with a time of 2:07.424 (114.365 mph). A native of Biesiekierz, West Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland, her No. 33 is sponsored by Natan Developers.
Four of the five Andersen Racing drivers posted their fastest qualifying lap during their fourth circuit in that session. Hall's best lap was his fifth one.
Fans can watch Gladdis win a recent Star Mazda race in Portland on tomorrow (Saturday) at noon Eastern on SPEED. Live timing and scoring of the Road America race is slated for imsaracing.net from 2:25 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. Central time (3:25 p.m. to 4:10 p.m. Eastern) tomorrow. The Road America race is scheduled to be televised on SPEED at noon Eastern on Aug. 23.
After Road America the circuit moves to Trois-Rivieres, Quebec for a race next Sunday, Aug. 17, and then Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario on Saturday, Aug. 23. A doubleheader at the brand-new New Jersey Motorsports Park Sept. 13-14, a race at Road Atlanta Oct. 3 and the season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Oct. 18 round out the 2008 schedule.
Andersen Racing is sponsored by Allied Building Products Corp. It is the official development team of Rahal Letterman Racing. For more information see andersenracingteam.com, andersenracepark.com and starmazda.com.
Post-qualifying quotes follow:
Peter Dempsey: "It's great! We decided to change the engine, and everybody worked hard to get it changed. They really scrambled, but everything came together. I want to give a huge 'thank you' to everyone at Andersen Racing; be sure you put that in because they really worked hard. I didn't have any radio and the dash wasn't working so I didn't know how we were doing, but it's great to qualify second after the problems we had at Portland."
Tom Gladdis: "It went fairly well, but I was hoping to get the pole. I didn't really get a good enough gap in traffic though; sometimes that happens. So considering that, we're pretty pleased with third."
Charles Hall: "We're doing OK. The car is pretty good. We had a problem with the front-wing adjuster that caused us to pick up a little bit of understeer. Hopefully we'll finish well tomorrow, and earn a lot of points."
Natalia Kowalska: "Basically I only had four sessions to get used to things, so I was pretty far behind everyone. It's a very good car. We had a problem with our front-wing adjuster in qualifying though. Traffic also played a role; I only got a few laps in and then they had a red flag. Without those problems I think we could have been in P7."