2009 Ford Racing Mustang driven by series champion Andrew Caddell at Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City, Utah
2008 and 2009 Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Series Champion Andrew Caddell
Ford Racing Mustang Challenge Champion Andrew Caddell sealed his second consecutive victory in the series at Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City, Utah. It was a racing dream come true for the 21-year-old from Graham, Washington
“We had to work hard for the championship this year,” said Caddell. “We won the first race of the year in Homestead, Miami and struggled after that.”
The turning point for Caddell came after the 45th Anniversary of the Mustang event at Barber Motorsports Park. “We changed the motor and the rest of the season was great,” he said. “We won in New Jersey, finished second at Laguna Seca and picked up a total of four race wins for the season. Things just kept getting better.”
Caddell’s Ford Mustang uses the Ford Mustang FR500s as a competition platform for the series. It is equipped with a 4.6 liter V8 engine and K&N products. “I’ve been using K&N since I was 9-years-old in Go Karts,” he said. “I have a lifetime of racing with K&N and I don’t remember racing without K&N products. K&N filters give me a competitive edge.”
The 45-minute race at Miller Motorsports Park was intense. Caddell established his lead and held off the advances of his competition to take the checkered flag. “We just wanted to go out there and go out on top,” he said. “We just wanted to win. You can never let your guard down when you’re trying to win a championship.”
In the off season, Caddell will be working with a personal trainer. “It’s important to have that mind-body connection feeling,” said Caddell. “Mental toughness is an important part of racing. If you don't have it you are not going to be as good as you need to be to win.”
Caddel is hoping to race again in 2010. “Next year is still up in the air,” he said. “It would also be great to run in the Grand Am KONI GS Series and run a Mustang there.
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