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Skip Barber Nat'l Unsung Hero: Nick Andries

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted November 5, 2010 at 8:43 am Skip Barber, Unsung Hero

Nick Andries (80) Wins at Road Atlanta
(Photo: Kelly Brouillet/Skip Barber Racing)

Name: Nick Andries
Nationality: American
Date of Birth: Nov. 19, 1990

Website: http://www.nickandries.com

Current Series:
Skip Barber National (full)
Star Mazda Championship

Final Standings: 6th

Average Finish
(1st Half of Season): 4.43
Average Finish
(2nd Half of Season): 7

Previous Experience:
Started Karting:  Age 5
Karting Experience: 14 years
Car Experience:  2 Years (Skip Barber and Star Mazda)

Why he was chosen:
Nick won the 2009 Skip Barber Summer Series and made the jump to the National program in 2010. He did an excellent job of diversifying his skills this season by competing in both Skip Barber and Star Mazda.  He ran 10 Star Mazda races this year and earned the Clutch Performer Award for earning the most points in the final six races. Perhaps the most admirable move he made, in regards to his development, was continuing his Skip Barber program rather than just moving into a Star Mazda car full-time when the opportunity presented itself.

The numbers posted above don’t tell the whole story on Andries’ development. During the second half of the Skip Barber National season, he was plagued with two bad results skewing his average finish.  During the final lap of Round 10 at NJMP, Andries attempted a pass for the lead while going into Turn 1 and contact with another competitor sent him back to 10th. He improved seven positions in the very last race of the season to earn his first career victory.  Additionally, he set the fastest lap of the race three times during the second half of the Skip Barber National season.

The Florida resident recently completed an Indy Lights test with Andersen Racing, but he’ll likely commit to a full-year of Star Mazda competition in 2011. If he’s able to put all his focus on one series, you can expect a marked improvement in his overall results. If you haven’t already noticed his talent behind-the-wheel, you will soon.

Related Reading: Unsung Hero Awards

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One Comment

  1. Harriet Andries on November 7, 2010 9:46 am

    Nicely written. Thank you for covering Nick. The Indy lights test went quite well. We are working hard to put together sponsorship for the upcoming season.

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