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Andersen Racing takes a step back

by Ryan Stringfield
Posted December 9, 2010 at 9:10 am Indy Lights, Star Mazda

For the last month, it was rumored that Andersen Racing would withdraw from the 2011 Indy Lights championship. The rumor was true. Unfortunately, there is even more to it.

The team will also be taking a hiatus from the Star Mazda Championship in 2011. According to team owner, Dan Andersen, the squad will continue with Andersen RacePark, Andersen Karting and the development of the revived USF2000 National Championship.

“As a result of the global economy and the issues with finding drivers who can bring some level of sponsorship support and fulfill their commitments to us, we have decided to cease our team operations in both the Firestone Indy Lights series and in the Star Mazda Championship series,” Andersen said. “We have enjoyed some great seasons and worked with some terrific young drivers.

“It is with a certain sadness that we make this move, but with our focus now firmly on the success of the revived USF2000 National Championship, we have much to keep us busy,” continued Andersen.

This is a pretty big loss for the junior formula world, but if Dan Andersen and his crew are able to put all their focus on developing the USF2000 National Championship, that bodes well for the future.

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3 Comments

  1. Doug on December 9, 2010 9:22 am

    TRAGIC!! :( Andersen has always been so involved in Star Mazda and FIL, I can’t imagine next year’s season without him. I’m happy to hear that at least the USF2000 National Championship will continue.

  2. CL on December 9, 2010 9:45 am

    It is indeed tragic that Dan continues his attempt to fragment F2000 racing. He should be focusing on the higher levels as he has done in the past.

  3. Declan on January 4, 2011 2:14 pm

    CL,

    I could not agree with you more! His USF2000 series is an over priced sham and was completely unnecessary.

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