Caddell - Ford interview 2009-03-11

This Week in Ford Racing Andrew Caddell is the defending champion of the Ford Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup. The Mustang Challenge kicked off last year and 20-year-old Caddell made his mark winning the first two races and leading ...

This Week in Ford Racing

Andrew Caddell is the defending champion of the Ford Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup. The Mustang Challenge kicked off last year and 20-year-old Caddell made his mark winning the first two races and leading the championship wire-to-wire. The Mustang Challenge presented a great opportunity for Caddell to break into racing and has been a boost to the Graham, Washington native in racing circles. He had the opportunity to drive in the '09 KONI Challenge season opener in a Jim Click Mustang and Caddell returns to defend his Mustang Challenge title when the series kicks off later this week.

TAKE US BACK A YEAR AGO, DID YOU HAVE ANY IDEA THAT 2008 WAS GOING TO BE A CHAMPIONSHIP YEAR? "No I didn't. Well I knew that if we could make the full season that we could have a great shot at it and be able to go for the championship. To tell you the truth, a few weeks before the first race I wasn't even expecting to be in the Mustang Challenge. Once we got to the first race and realized we had the speed to make a run at the Championship it ended up working out for us."

AS THE SEASON WENT ON, DID IT FEEL LIKE YOU WERE LIVING A DREAM? "Well it pretty much was a dream season, we got out there and the first two races we lead every single session that you could lead. Then at Mid-Ohio we had a little stumble, but we still finished second so we didn't really lose any points with that one. Then I had the chance to race with Terry Borcheller for the last four races of the season and was able to learn what he has learned throughout his career. It was very much a dream season."

AFTER WINNING THE CHAMPIONSHIP YOU HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO RACE IN THE KONI CHALLENGE DOWN AT DAYTONA THIS YEAR. CAN YOU DESCRIBE THAT EXPERIENCE? "It was a very cool experience, we raced with Jim Click, I got to race with him last year but I was able to spend a little more time with him this time. I also spent some time with the Hyper Sport team, which of course won the Championship last year in the KONI Challenge Series so we had a good team, and had a great co-driver. Running around Daytona was pretty awesome, especially to be driving a Mustang around there. It was pretty surreal once I got down to Daytona and saw the track and go out there knowing that that's where the Daytona 500 and the Rolex 24 are and to get to drive a couple laps around there."

WE'RE LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY FROM THE START OF THE '09 SEASON. TALK ABOUT WHERE THINGS ARE WITH YOU, AS YOU GET READY TO START THE DEFENSE OF YOUR MUSTANG CHALLENGE TITLE. "Right now we've got the first race we are for sure on and then we're probably going to try and make a run really hard to get into Barber Motorsports Park because it's the 45th Anniversary of the Mustang (April 17). Right now I'm pretty sure we've got the first two races and my Dad, Chris Thompson and myself are out looking for some money to run the full season so hopefully we can do it again and go out there defend the title and win some more races again this year."

WHEN WAS THE FIRST TIME YOU HEARD ABOUT THE MUSTANG CHALLENGE AND WHAT WERE YOUR THOUGHTS WHEN YOU HEARD ABOUT THIS SPEC SERIES THAT WOULD ALLOW ASPIRING DRIVERS TO RACE AT A VERY COMPETITIVE YET AFFORDABLE FORMAT. "We live about 20 minutes away from TC Motorsports and I went down there and wanted to check out the cars and see what the cars look like. I really felt the series was a great series and I ran in the MX-5 Cup before last year that was similar to that, cost-effective, very young drivers and a mix like the Mustang Challenge was and that really got us talking about doing the Mustang Challenge. We talked to Carlo Sparacio, team owner of TC Motorsports about the race and he said if you guys can guarantee a couple of races we will get the car and we'll head to the first couple of races. So it was an easy decision to go do the Mustang Challenge once we heard about it, it was just getting all of the logistics and stuff like that worked out for the first couple of races."

-credit: ford racing

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Series Road racing
Drivers Terry Borcheller , Jim Click , Andrew Caddell , Chris Thompson