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.
Beierle Following First Year in Full-Size Sprint Car With Debut at Turkey Night
Inside Line Promotions - BISMARCK, N.D. (Oct. 23, 2014) - Andee Beierle spent the majority of her inaugural season in a full-size sprint car competing at the most prestigious race track in the country.
Beierle, who advanced from go-karts to mini sprints to modifieds with stints in midgets and legends cars, raced in the 305ci sprint car class at Knoxville Raceway in Knoxville, Iowa, this year.
"Although we ran into a lot of mechanical issues throughout the season, we did get to run at the Sprint Car Capital of the World," she said. "We met a lot of great people and we came out of the season in one piece."
Beierle competed in an estimated 10 sprint car races this season and she looks forward to stepping up to the 360ci ranks next year at the famed half-mile oval. She will potentially compete in some 305 events as well, but the 19-year-old also has to juggle life as a sophomore at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
"This year was like dipping my toes into the water at arguably the best track in the country," she said. "I didn't get to race as often as I'd like and when we did compete we seemed to run into issues. I'm excited about racing there next year because if you can do well at Knoxville Raceway, where it is about as tough as it gets, it's saying something."
This season will wrap up on Nov. 27 at Perris Auto Speedway in Perris, Calif., for the 74th annual Turkey Night with the USAC Honda National Midget Series. Beierle will race a midget for veteran Zach Daum, who is fresh off his second straight POWRi Lucas Oil National Midget Series championship.
"He seems really professional and knows what he's doing," Beierle said. "I think it'll be a really good opportunity to work with him."
Beierle, who said she has raced in approximately 10 midget races throughout the past four years, will also pilot a midget for Daum during the 29 th annual Lucas Oil Chili Bowl Nationals Jan. 13-17.