Road racing in Colorado has produced yet another young driving star. 20 year old Scott Anderson of Fort Collins raced his way last season to SCCA Rocky Mountain Division Rookie of the Year. After a few years of kart racing and under the tutelage of racer and father Jim, Scott took a stab at driving a Spec Racer Ford with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA).
The SRF class is considered by many to be the most competitive class in the national club. The race cars are built to strict specifications determined by SCCA Enterprises, Inc. so each driver has available identical horse power, traction and weight. Technology-wise the cars are rather beastly, so driving them fast on the edge is huge a challenge. The cars have something like fiberglass fenders, so bumping and nudging in the tightly packed fields of cars is par for the course. The resulting fields are large, aggressive and known to attract professional talent from other series who want to prove their grit.
At last year’s National Championship RunOffs race at Road America Scott found himself a rookie battling for 7th position in a field of almost 80 cars. An unfortunate electrical malfunction kept him from finishing the race, but his qualifying times and driving performance clearly point to a natural gift for race driving.
Scott is currently running the Skip Barber Western Regional Racing Series, another infamous proving ground for young racing blood. As of January 24, with 6 of 12 races completed, he is 2nd in the points standings out of 44 entries. He is also considering an entry into the recently announced SCCA Enterprises Pro Series for the Spec Racer Ford SRF in 2010.
Scott Anderson, Rocky Mountain Region SCCA 2009 Rookie of the Year
Scott at Road America 2009
Skip Barber Western Regional Series
Reprinted with permission from Examiner.com