Team News: Andersen Racing – Florida Winter Tour Homestead Report

Andersen RacingAfter its rebranding in 2011, Andersen Racing’s karting division now celebrates its second year of competition. With a line-up of four drivers, Andersen Racing concluded the third and fourth rounds of the Florida Winter Tour with positive results in all categories.

Andersen’s program delves much deeper than just race weekend support. Each Andersen driver commits to a personalized training regime, taking part in on and off circuit development at Andersen RacePark weekly. This structure guarantees the rapid development of driver technique as well as physical strength. The benefits of this program were displayed this last race meeting in Homestead, FL by Andersen’s Junior Rotax squad.

In his first year in the Rotax Junior ranks, Michael McCarthy (13 USA ) was eager to prove himself against the best drivers in the world. After a few disappointing results in the preliminary races, Michael made a resilient charge in Sunday’s final to redeem himself. He was on his way to the top-10 when he was taken out of contention by a racing incident. Overall, Michael left Homestead with some solid results and with a lot to achieve in the FWT season finale this coming March.

Antoni Ptak (15 Poland ) drove his Birel RY-30 S5 to the third position in Sunday’s final. In a competition such as the FWT, this result confirms not only the competitiveness of the S5 chassis but more clearly the skill of the young man from Poland. He had this to say about his result :

“Going into this round I knew I would have competitive pace. I have been training hard, and the pre-season testing we did at Homestead benefitted me a lot. This year’s S5 frame is above-all adaptable, and this characteristic was highlighted with the changing track conditions in Homestead. Now, I turn my focus to achieving victory in Ocala for the final FWT round in March.”’

On the other half of the tent, Andersen’s Mini Max pilots both made huge strides in performance.

Making the step to high level competition, Aidan Keel (11 USA ) showed exceptional pace throughout the week. The Mini Max division is arguably one of the most competitive categories that comprise the race weekend. After the pre-weekend testing, Aidan found himself among the fastest in the field. Unfortunately a broken throttle cable would take him out of contention for Sunday’s feature race. Aidan now looks to resume his training at Andersen RacePark in preparation for the FWT season finale in Ocala.

A rookie to the sport of karting, Marc Braun (11 USA ) took the green flag in Homestead with only three races of prior experience. Despite his short karting resume, the young Floridian has been training hard with the Andersen Staff and displayed speed and maturity far beyond his years. Though his official results don’t show it, Marc improved with each outing, even making several hard charges from the back of the field into the top fifteen.

Eddie Kish, Andersen Racing Team’s President had this to say :
“Our team has seen vast improvements in the last competitive season. With the help of Kalman Motorsport, Birel America and direct support from Birel Motorsport, we have all seen the on-track results from such a strong Birel community. In 2013 we will continue to support Birel and Rotax products in the state of Florida, and we will push all involved parties to fight for podiums and race wins.”

Andersen Racing Team offers a complete driver development program from karting to open-wheel formula cars. Headquartered at Andersen RacePark, located just 15 minutes south of St. Petersburg and 15 minutes north of Sarasota in Palmetto, Fl, the team benefits from 18 beautifully landscaped acres. The facility includes a 1-mile test track, a lake, 22 garages on pit lane, a full-service karting store and Andersen Racing’s immaculate 8,000-square-foot work-shop where professional race karts are prepared.

To start or refine your career in motor sport, contact Andersen Racing Team at 1.941.723.3900 or visit us online at

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