Watkins Glen: Andersen Racing qualifying report

Andersen Racing's Krohn Qualifies Tenth For Corning 100 Firestone Indy Lights Race At Watkins Glen International WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., July 3 - Andersen Racing's Anders Krohn qualified a solid tenth for his first Firestone Indy Lights race ever ...

Andersen Racing's Krohn Qualifies Tenth For Corning 100 Firestone Indy Lights Race At Watkins Glen International

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., July 3 - Andersen Racing's Anders Krohn qualified a solid tenth for his first Firestone Indy Lights race ever Saturday afternoon at Watkins Glen International. The 29-lap race, called the Corning 100, is slated to get the green flag Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Krohn, of Stavanger, Norway and Houston, Texas, jumped from 12th to tenth on the scoreboard on his 17th and final lap around the 3.37-mile, 11-turn road course during Sunoco Pole Qualifying. The 22-year-old qualified with a time of 1:38.8202 and an average speed of 122.768 miles per hour with the Andersen Racing No. 4, which is sponsored by Logi Trans, Trallfa Industries, Colosseum Dental, Norse Cutting & Abandonment and the team's primary sponsor, Allied Building Products Corp.

Krohn's time was just 1.4608 seconds off James Hinchcliffe's pole-winning time, and it was just 0.3530 off fifth place.

There were two practice sessions before qualifying. Krohn was 12th in the first practice session, but he was only able to complete three laps of the second practice session due to an electrical fire in the car's wiring harness.

"I'm happy," Krohn said after qualifying. "We trimmed it out for the last two laps, and I went from 12th to tenth.

"It's been an interesting day, to say the least. On the first half of the first session I was just focused on getting up to speed. We were seventh at the halfway point, but then the others got faster and we fell to 12th in that session. But I felt that it was a very positive session for us. I had one spin in Turn 8 in that session but I didn't hit anything; I was just exploring the limits of the car.

"In the second session I did two laps and I knew we had a problem just entering the last corner. I came into the pits and stopped, and then the smoke poured into the cockpit. The wiring harness had caught on fire. We don't know what caused it. It was a shame to lose that much track time, but the team got it sorted out.

"Qualifying was a whole new experience for me with the tire changes. But we were tenth and it's all very positive. I think a top-10 in qualifying for your first Firestone Indy Lights race is acceptable, and I'm really looking forward to the race tomorrow.

"For formula cars, you can't get much different from a Star Mazda car to a Firestone Indy Lights car," he added. "The Firestone Indy Lights car is much heavier and the wheelbase of the car is bigger. The transition is a massive one. But to get tenth here today just shows why Andersen Racing is such a great team. I have my Star Mazda engineer here helping in addition to our Firestone Indy Lights team, which just shows you how Andersen Racing takes care of its drivers."

Krohn is the first driver to compete in all three formula car classes in which the Palmetto, Fla.-based Andersen Racing team is involved: Formula 2000, the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear and Firestone Indy Lights. The Road to Indy ladder system consists of the "Cooper Tires Presents the USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda," Star Mazda and then Firestone Indy Lights prior to the IZOD IndyCar Series.

Krohn is currently second in the Star Mazda point standings.

-source: andersen racing

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers James Hinchcliffe , Anders Krohn