Anderson Ready for Action in Alabama
 April 25, 2014| 
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A solid outing at Long Beach following tough start in St. Petersburg has the Rookie Indy Lights driver ready to take on the ultra fast Barber Motorsports Park

Fort Collins, Colo. – Scott Anderson, extreme sport enthusiast and race-winning Mazda Road To Indy athlete, is relieved to wrap up a very successful run at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The Fan Force United #24 Indy Lights team did a fantastic job recovering from a significant crash in the opening round of the 2014 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires. With little time to repair the car, Anderson and the team arrived in Long Beach ready for action. A nice run in qualifying saw the team manage to qualify seventh for a solid starting position at the single round event. The feature race would go caution free, ensuring a fast pace through the 45-lap event. At the checkered flag Anderson would have to settle for ninth. Not the result that showed the pace, but a good recovery to set the team up for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama.

“It was a little bit hectic getting the car ready for Long Beach — we only had a week to get the car together — the Fan Force guys hustled and put in some long hours making sure everything was good to go,” comments Anderson. “I was a little conservative in practice, logging as many miles as possible without any issues was very important. The race was pretty frustrating for us. Our pace was great for the first part of the race. I was able to stay right with sixth and fifth for the beginning, but once the tires started fading I was dropping back pretty quickly. I managed to make some big adjustments in my driving and at least keep it consistent and hold off anyone else.”

On hand for the critical weekend at Long Beach was manager and former IndyCar Series driver Derek Daly. On Scott’s performance, Daly had this to say: “Scott did a great job this weekend because he was measured on how he could bounce back from the accident in St. Pete and was on it straight away showing no ill effects. He never put a wheel wrong the whole weekend and came away with invaluable experience.”

Looking ahead to this weekend, the Indy Lights Championship will run its third weekend of racing action in five weeks. Criss-crossing from coast to coast, the final step of the Mazda Road to Indy program is arriving in Leeds, Ala., just minutes from Birmingham. The Fan Force United crew has been hard at work getting the #24 Anderson Podiatry Centers; Laser Nail Therapy, Surgery, and Neuropathy car ready for the first road course event, following two street circuits to open the season. The Barber Motorsports Park is a 740-acre (300 ha) multi-purpose racing facility located on the eastern fringes of Birmingham. The “Park”, which opened in 2003, is a 2.3-mile circuit with 17 flowing turns and features 80 feet of elevation change carved out of the picturesque countryside that challenges drivers and engineers. A 45-foot-wide racing ribbon also makes it imperative for patient overtaking opportunities.

“We’re really looking forward to the race at Barber this weekend,” comments Anderson. “We’ve made a lot of progress on the car on street circuits, so I’m looking to continue that on the road courses. We struggled at the Barber test earlier in the year, but that made us realize what direction we need and what I need out of the car. So if we can do a good job applying that we should be fast. Barber’s an awesome track, it’s the type of road course I usually do well on so I really want a good result here.”

The Cooper Tires Indy Lights Championship joins the other two levels of the Road to Indy along with IndyCar to feature the entire Mazda-supported ladder system. Cars hit the track on Thursday for a promoter test day followed by one practice session and one qualifying session on Friday. Saturday will see the first race of the double-header weekend, the first of the season for Indy Lights. Sunday racing action will have cars line up for Race Two at noon (EDT).

ABOUT SCOTT ANDERSON:
An expert skier and avid outdoor enthusiast, the Fort Collins, Colo., resident is on the third and final step of the Mazda Road To Indy. Anderson was the recipient of the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Scholarship after winning the 2011 BFGoodrich/Skip Barber National Championship Presented by Mazda. In 2012, Anderson competed in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda winning two races. In 2013, Scott raced in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires with Juncos Racing. Anderson is sponsored by Anderson Podiatry Centers; Laser Therapy, Surgery, and Neuropathy. Anderson is also a member of the Derek Daly Academy led by former Formula One driver Derek Daly.

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