PALMETTO, Fla. (March 18, 2014) – Andersen Promotions today announced a new partnership with Delta, B.C., Canada-based Race Energy, a designer and manufacturer of state-of-the-art power conversion solutions for motorsports.
The new association will benefit all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy as Race Energy will become the Official Battery Charger of the ladder series – Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires, the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda.
Race Energy will be using the Mazda Road to Indy platform to debut its latest innovation – the Race Energy BCM21 motorsports battery charger, a revolutionary new Digital Signal Processor (DSP) based charger which allows precise programming to the exact charging profile recommended by a battery manufacturer. Programmable from a laptop via USB, the charger allows a race engineer to positively ensure a race car battery is fully recharged and ready for the next on-track session in the shortest possible time.
As part of its new partnership, Race Energy will be providing customized BCM21 chargers to each race-winning team on the Mazda Road to Indy this season.
“Race Energy is once again at the forefront with another leading product, and we are very pleased to welcome them as a partner and excited that they have chosen the Mazda Road to Indy to showcase their technology,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “In racing, it is all about the details, and Race Energy’s sophisticated charging unit will be a welcome addition for our teams.”
The BCM21 is compatible with all 12-volt lead acid, Gel, VLRA and Lithium-ion batteries.
“We at Race Energy are very excited to partner with Dan Andersen and his team at Andersen Promotions for the 2014 Mazda Road to Indy season,” said Race Energy President Jim Hargrove. “We will be introducing the new Race Energy BCM21 motorsports battery charger to the world through the Mazda Road To Indy. The BCM21 has world class features including a worldwide universal AC input with power factor correction, easy to use front panel controls for basic operation, and a USB port that allows more sophisticated programming for non-standard battery topologies.
“The winning team of each USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights race in 2014 will be awarded a special edition of this revolutionary new charger personalized with their team logo and pre-programmed to match the team’s requirements. We hope to have one or more of these amazing new chargers in the hands of every team on the Mazda Road to Indy by the end of the season. We believe that this will be an extremely effective way to kick off sales for this great new product that has been more than two years in the making.”
The 2014 Mazda Road to Indy season will kick off on the Streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., on March 29/30 with all three levels on deck in support of the opening round of the Verizon IndyCar Series.
About Race Energy: Race Energy is a division of Analytic Systems that offers a unique fusion of electronics and metal. Products include battery chargers and other electronics for the motorsports industry as well an ever increasing range of machined metal racing components. Visit www.raceenergy.net for more information.
About Andersen Promotions: Andersen Promotions has a long and successful background in promoting open-wheel championships and has also owned multiple race teams – including USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights teams – in the past. The company relaunched the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda in 2010, which it operated from 1992 through 2001. In December of 2012, Andersen Promotions founded the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires to replace the void left by the Star Mazda Series which ceased operations after 22 years. On July 12, 2013, it was announced that Andersen Promotions would take over the licensing and operation of the Firestone Indy Lights Series from INDYCAR and will now operate all three levels of the Mazda Road to Indy. For additional information, please visit www.indylights.com, www.promazdachampionship.com and www.usf2000.com.
About Mazda: Mazda is the number-one brand for road-racers across North America. Thousands of Mazda powered grassroots racers compete in various classes with the SCCA and NASA highlighted by Spec Miata, the world’s largest spec class with over 2,500 cars built. In 2006 Mazda established the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Development Ladder to assist racers in moving up through the ranks. In 2010 this was expanded to include the Mazda Road to Indy. Key to Mazda’s success is strategic partnerships with the Skip Barber Racing School and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
MAZDASPEED Motorsports is managed by Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). MNAO is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States, Canada and Mexico through nearly 900 dealers. Operations in Canada are managed by Mazda Canada, Inc., located in Ontario; and in Mexico by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. Consumer information can be found at www.mazdausa.com with press information at www.mazdausamedia.com. Racers and fans can follow the action on Facebook (Mazdaspeed Motorsports).
About Cooper Tire & Rubber Company: Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is the parent company of a global family of companies that specialize in the design, manufacture, marketing, and sales of passenger car and light truck tires. Cooper has joint ventures, affiliates and subsidiaries that also specialize in medium truck, motorcycle and racing tires. Cooper’s headquarters is in Findlay, Ohio, with manufacturing, sales, distribution, technical and design facilities within its family of companies located in 11 countries around the world. For more information on Cooper Tire, visit www.coopertire.com, www.facebook.com/coopertire or www.twitter.com/coopertire.
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