Inside Line Promotions - BISMARCK, N.D. (May 6, 2015) - Andee Beierle will make her sprint car season debut this weekend during the FVP National Sprint League doubleheader.
Beierle is set to race for the first time in her career at Eagle Raceway in Eagle, Neb., on Friday before competing for the first time in the 410ci class at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, on Saturday.
"I'm looking for just pure seat time," she said. "There's absolutely zero expectations, especially since I've never raced a 410. We're just trying to keep it in one piece and get laps."
Friday's event at Eagle Raceway will also mark Beierle's first career 410ci race.
"I've never been there, but I've heard passing advice about Eagle," she said. "It has high banking and is fast and a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to trying it and seeing how it goes."
On Saturday Beierle will make her return to Knoxville Raceway, where she raced in the 305ci class last season.
"I'm excited to go back to Knoxville," she said. "I spent a whole year there and I think it'll go better (with a 410) than the 305 because it has more power and I don't think it will be as hard to drive at Knoxville to be honest."
Beierle's most recent sprint car race was last August at Knoxville Raceway during the season finale.
Inside Line Promotions - BISMARCK, N.D. (April 6, 2015) - Andee Beierle has a unique opportunity this season.
Beierle will drive a family owned sprint car throughout the inaugural National Sprint League schedule. It will be her first time competing in a 410ci sprint car.
Unfortunately, that will have to wait until after this Saturday's season-opening race.
"I have finals this week for school so there was no way I could make it work," she said. "That's just part of going to school and racing at the same time. I am planning on racing the full season minus the first race."
Beierle, who is a sophomore at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will make her NSL debut on May 8 at Eagle Raceway in Eagle, Neb., prior to returning to Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, the following night to complete a National Sprint League doubleheader.
"I would have liked to hit the first race because when I start it'll be one race and then right to Knoxville," she said. "It's going to be a lot more than putting my feet in the water. It's definitely going to be a learning experience."
Beierle competed in the 305 class last year at Knoxville Raceway. It was her first season in a full-size sprint car and she said she's excited to take the leap to 410s this year.
"We don't have a huge sponsor and are on a lower budget, but I'm looking for seat time in a 410 and to get that first year under my belt," she said. "I think the NSL is going to provide a lot of opportunities for younger drivers to show themselves. The NSL is so wide open and brand new it is a really good opportunity for someone who wants to race against great drivers and learn. It's going to be a lot of fun and I think the NSL has something really good going."
The car number will be 41a. Stay tuned to Beierle's social media for a sneak peak of the new car in the near future.
Inside Line Promotions - TULSA, Okla. (Jan. 19, 2015) - Andee Beierle couldn't catch a break - or brake - last weekend at the 29th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals. Beierle, who was driving a midget for Daum Motorsports, lost her brakes during the heat race on Thursday's preliminary night. "I didn't have any brakes in my heat," she said. "It was really hard to pass and stay competitive when there were no brakes. You have to have brakes to stay on the bottom. It was kind of the luck of the draw literally with the draw and that the car wasn't on point."
Beierle, who started last in a heat race, finished with a seventh-place result. That relegated her to a D Main, where brake issues forced her to miss a transfer spot by one position. "Chili Bowl could have gone a lot better, but I'm sure a lot of people are saying that right now," she said. "There's a lot of luck involved. Chili Bowl didn't end up how I wanted it to, but I guess sometimes things can't be helped."
Her focus now shifts back to college for the next couple of months before the sprint car season begins on April 18 at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa. "We're going to try to run the full season in a 360 and try to hit other 360 shows throughout the Midwest," she said. "We're going to try to get as many shows as we can in a 360 this summer."
Beierle competed at the famed half-mile oval last year in the 305ci division. This year will mark her first time racing in a 360.
December 1, 2014 - Perris, CA
Beierle Advances into the Show During Debut at 74th annual Turkey Night
Inside Line Promotions - PERRIS, Calif. (Dec. 1, 2014) - Andee Beierle had a successful debut at Perris Auto Speedway on Thanksgiving night.
Beierle, who hadn't raced in approximately three months and who hadn't been in a midget since last summer, made the main event during the 74th annual Turkey Night with the USAC Honda National Midget Series.
"I'm happy because I made the main first of all," she said. "From practice night to the main event I got more comfortable with not having a wing on the car and being comfortable with the car sideways with the back end hung out. I got more comfortable with picking up the pace and going faster. I learned a lot."
Beierle, who was driving for Daum Motorsports, kicked off the prestigious event last Thursday by qualifying 30th quickest. "I ended up qualifying really bad," she said. "I got too low. I missed my marks on the first lap and it messed me up for the rest of the qualifying session. My second lap was pretty good, but my first lap was rough. You really need both laps to get a good time."
However, she earned one of the transfers out of the B Main to lock herself into the 98-lap main event. "I was excited to keep running and get more seat time," she said. "Making the main event was definitely an accomplishment and I'm glad it happened." She started on the inside of the 14th row of the feature and picked up a half-dozen positions to finish 21st. "Obviously 21st isn't the optimal position, but for it being my first time there and not being in a midget very often I was happy," she said. "It was a great experience. I know the next time it'll go even better because I can pick up where I left off. I'm not starting from scratch."
Beierle's next race will be Dec. 31 to Jan. 3 at the River Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa, Okla., for the 30th annual Speedway Motors Tulsa Shootout. She will race at the same track for Daum Motorsports two weeks later during the 29th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals.