Andersen Racing Is Off to a Great Start At Miller Motorsports Park; Dempsey Fastest Thursday and Friday TOOELE, Utah, May 16 - In what a local TV meteorologist pronounced as one of the nicest days of the year here weather-wise, Andersen Racing's...
Andersen Racing Is Off to a Great Start At Miller Motorsports Park; Dempsey Fastest Thursday and Friday
TOOELE, Utah, May 16 - In what a local TV meteorologist pronounced as one of the nicest days of the year here weather-wise, Andersen Racing's Peter Dempsey set the fastest lap in Star Mazda practice Friday at Miller Motorsports Park.
Dempsey was also the fastest in testing here Thursday.
Indeed, in the five test/practice sessions held here Thursday and Friday, Dempsey topped the charts in two of them while his fellow Andersen Racing teammate, Charles Hall, was also at the top of the charts twice.
A third Andersen Racing driver, Tom Gladdis, was the fastest of the drivers for the Palmetto, Fla.-based team in the final practice session on Friday, recording the third-fastest time despite a fairly strong wind.
Jonny Baker, one of the team's regular F2000 drivers, is driving a fourth Andersen Racing Star Mazda car here this weekend too. He's a temporary replacement for Juliana Gonzalez, who was not able to attend this event.
Dempsey's fastest lap so far was a 1:45.021 (104.482 miles per hour) Friday morning with his No. 21 sponsored by Center Jewellers.ie and Quayside.ie. He's from Ashbourne, County Meath, Ireland.
Hall's fastest lap so far is a 1:45.309, at 104.196 mph, run in the same session. Blimpie, AccentBanking.com and Pardoes Solicitors sponsor the driver from Sheffield, England.
Gladdis's fastest lap so far is a 1:45.509, at 103.999 mph, with his Marrache & Co. No. 5, the pride of Gibraltar.
Baker ran a 1:47.006, at 102.544 mph, in the last practice session on Friday to prove that he's a contender here too.
Qualifying for the second race of the year in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear will be held here tomorrow from 9:25 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. local time followed by the 45-minute race at 4:15 p.m. The event is part of the Larry Miller Automotive Group Utah Grand Prix.
At 4.486 miles, Miller Motorsports Park is the longest road course in North America. This weekend the 29 Star Mazda cars here are utilizing the facility's 3.048-mile outer course, however, as are the American Le Mans Series headlining cars.
Tomorrow's Star Mazda race will be televised on SPEED at 3 p.m. Eastern time May 31.
The series' third race of the year will be held at Watkins Glen, N.Y. on June 7.
Andersen Racing is sponsored by Allied Building Products Corp. For more information see andersenracingteam.com and andersenracepark.com. The series' Web site is at starmazda.com.
Peter Dempsey: "I've had a pretty good run so far. I haven't been in the car since Sebring, but I've been fastest in two sessions so far, so I'm happy!
"That last session we worked on our race set-up, not our qualifying set-up.
"The car has been brilliant; the Andersen Racing team has really worked hard."
Charles Hall: "The car is brilliant! I can't wait for tomorrow!
"The track is really nice. The wind was interesting yesterday. It was upsetting the car in some places but helping it in other places, so it equaled out.
"We've been making good progress with the car. Everything is positive. I'm happy!"
Tom Gladdis: "I've been off a few times because in the beginning the car was a little unpredictable, but we've been working on it and now it's consistent on old tires so I'm happy. I think we made a good jump forward today for our race set-up. We ran our race set-up this afternoon and we were third fastest, so that's good.
"I want to thank my engineer, Mike Reggio, and my mechanic, Dave DeMarchi, and everyone else at Andersen Racing."
Jonny Baker: "I got off to a rather difficult start, but Ian [Lacy, his engineer] and Chris [Vallee, his mechanic] have done an awesome job and we're bringing it around now. Tomorrow we'll be on new tires, so we should go even faster.
"It's taken me a little time to get used to these new tires and get comfortable, but now I'm really looking forward to tomorrow."