Mechanical Issue Knocks Krohn Out Of Friday’s Firestone Freedom 100
INDIANAPOLIS, May 25 — Anders Krohn did not start Friday’s Firestone Freedom 100 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after a rare mechanical issue struck his Bryan Herta Autosport No. 28.
Krohn, a native of Stavanger, Norway who lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., was on pit lane when the field took the green flag for the 40-lap event on Miller Lite Carb Day. The problem with the car, which was sponsored by the I-Tec and Yellow Jacket “Wanna Frac More?” campaign; Premiere Glass and Mirror of Lancaster, Pa.; OMP Racing and Bell Helmets, could not be repaired in time for him to join the field.
“It was a very rare mechanical occurrence, and unfortunately I never started the race,” Krohn said afterwards. “It’s a shame. This is the one magical place everyone wants to do well at. I could feel it right away on the pace lap, and then I just had to pull in.
“We were so strong in practice in the draft that I was really pumped for today’s race,” he added. “I have to thank Bryan Herta Autosport for the great opportunity here; when this deal came together it was like Christmas came early this year. And I so appreciate the support of I-Tec, Yellow Jacket and Premiere Glass & Mirror. I knew we had a strong car in the draft. To not even cross the yard of bricks once is heartbreaking, but that’s just the way it went today. Now I’m off to Lucas Oil Raceway to be a spotter for both the USF2000 and Star Mazda test. I want to support the Mazda Road to Indy program all the way!”
Krohn qualified 15th with a speed of 184.845 miles per hour. He was disappointed that he didn’t qualify further up on the grid but he was excited about the race because he felt he had a great race car that would draft with other cars easily and be fast in various lines around the 2.5-mile track.
One person who was almost as disappointed as Krohn was Jeff FitzGerald, the Indianapolis Colts’ linebacker coach. He was on hand and ready to cheer Krohn on in the race after his exciting drive here last year.
The Firestone Freedom 100, which was won by Esteban Guerrieri over Carlos Munoz and Tristan Vautier, was carried live on the NBC Sports Network. Krohn’s official finishing position was 19th.