More honors for 2002 Champion Kristensen

BRASELTON, Ga. (December 19, 2002) -- The honors and accolades continue to grow for Tom Kristensen, the 2002 champion of the American Le Mans Series.

The 35-year-old driver for the Audi Sport North America team has been selected "Name of the Year" in his home country of Denmark, one of that nation's largest awards in the field of sports.

Tom Kristensen.
Photo by John Thawley.

The "Name of the Year" award was established by the united Danish sports associations, the Danish Olympic Committee and Denmarks's largest newspaper, Jyllands-Posten. The award was presented to Kristensen in a ceremony by Brian Mikkelsen, the Danish Minister of Culture and Sports.

In addition to his driving championship in the American Le Mans Series, which included wins in four races, Kristensen was also part of the winning team in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2002, his fourth win in the world's most famous endurance race. He and Audi co-drivers Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro won the race for the third consecutive year, the first trio of drivers ever to do so.

In September, Kristensen was honored by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark with a private dinner aboard her royal ship Dannebrog. Earlier this month, he was named "Sportsman of the Year" for Scandanavia. He was named "Sportsman of the Year" for Denmark in 2001 and is a frontrunner for that award again this year.