Although there are no more races on the calendar for Norwegian racer Anders Krohn in 2008, his racing program keeps on running strong. Recently he completed his first tests in the Firestone Indy Lights and the Pro Formula Star Mazda, and did not fail to impress in his outings. "It's been a dream come true to be able to test these cars, and hopefully it's a taste of what's to come. I had great fun during the tests, and learned a lot as well, so I could'nt have been happier."
The 20-year old, who won this year's U.S. Formula 2000 Championship with nine wins to his name, started out on October 23rd, where he got the chance to test a Firestone Indy Lights car for Championship-winning team Sam Schmidt Motorsports. The test was held at Putnam Park Road Course in Indiana, under cool circumstances. Anders got in the car towards the end of the day, and got up to speed very quickly despite never having driven such a powerful car. The Firestone Indy Lights car puts out a massive 450 horsepower and weighs in at only 1400 lbs (635 kgs). Firestone Indy Lights is the also the official development series of IndyCar.
"It was a true pleasure getting to know Anders and allowing him to test one of our Firestone Indy Lights cars," said Sam Schmidt, team owner. "He is the perfect example of how the ladder system should work and, even without a considerable amount of big car experience or a great deal of laps, he was immediately quick and provided excellent feedback to the team. He is certainly mature beyond his years and will no doubt be successful in whatever series he competes in for 2009."
Next on the program for Anders Krohn was a test in the Pro Formula Star Mazda (Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear) with 2008 Team Champions, Andersen Racing. Anders drove for Andersen Racing in the 2008 U.S. Formula 2000 Championship, where they dominated the season together. The test was held at Sebring International Raceway short course, and it was a pleasure for Anders to be back with the team in the next step up on the ladder. The Star Mazda car weighs in at only 1090 lbs (493 kgs), and with 240 horsepower from a 1, 3 liter "Renesis" rotary engine it is a good step up from the Formula 2000 car. Again, Anders got up to speed rapidly and improved throughout the day to end with some very competitive lap times.
Said Dan Andersen about Anders Krohn's first Star Mazda outing; "At our recent test at Sebring, Anders Krohn once again showed everyone why he is such a rare and special driver. On used tires, and on a track that was very green, Anders got within one tenth of the best time our previous drivers ever did at Sebring. After changing to new tires, he dropped his time to more than a half second quicker than our team's previous best lap around Sebring. His speed on cold tires, his ability to learn a track quickly, and his feedback with his engineer all point to a driver with a great career ahead of him. We are working hard and are hopeful that we can have Anders on our 2009 Star Mazda team because he will win races and be a contender for the championship in his rookie season in Pro Star Mazda." ended Dan Andersen.
Anders is now leaving the U.S. for Norway, where he will continue his work towards the 2009-season; "I was very encouraged by the tests in both the Indy Lights and Star Mazda, and it would be a blessing to be able to compete in either of the two highly respected open-wheel categories. I look forward to coming home to Norway again where I will continue to work with my current and hopefully new associates towards another good racing campaign in 2009. I still don't know where I'll end up the coming season, but with some solid tests and good results on my record, something good will happen for sure."