Dan Andersen

Green Pond NJ

Andersen Promotions assumed operational control of the Firestone IndyLights Series in the summer of 2013. Originally a sportsman drag racer, Andersen created and operated the USF2000 championship (’91_’01) before selling it and launching Andersen Racing from which his son Mike won four poles and three FC (F2000) championships at the SCCA Runoffs, plus the ’03 Mark Donohue Award. Andersen Racing grew to field teams in F2000, Star Mazda and Indy Lights (in partnership with Rahal Letterman Racing) over the years ’03 to ’10, fielding at one time 11 cars on the same weekend in three series. His organization won driver and team titles in all three categories, subsidizing many young drivers. In ’07, he opened Andersen RacePark…a test facility for karts and USF2000 cars. In ’10, IndyCar encouraged him to resurrect the USF2000 Championship as the first step on the Mazda Road to Indy ladder. The series now boasts 30-car fields, with highly talented young drivers. Among the notable racers that have advanced up the Andersen ladder are Buddy Rice, Sam Hornish Jr., Dan Wheldon, Andy Lally, Greg Ray, Alex Barron, Memo Gidley, Robby McGehee, Steve Knapp, JR Hildebrand, Graham Rahal, Conor Daly and Tristan Vautier. In ’12, he assumed control of step two on the Mazda Road to Indy ladder, renaming it Pro Mazda. IndyLights is Andersen’s latest venture.

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