Andersen Racing's Baker Nabs Podium Finish In Incident-Filled F2000 Race Saturday at Road America
ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Aug. 2 - Andersen Racing's Jonny Baker backed up his victory at Mid-Ohio with another podium finish in the F2000 Championship Series presented by Hoosier Racing Tire Saturday at Road America.
The 23-year-old from Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire, England started fourth and finished third in his factory Van Diemen that is sponsored by Allied Interior Products.
Kyle Marcelli won the race by 0.416 of a second over Chris Miller. Miller had the fastest lap of the race with a 2:19.805 (104.237 miles per hour), but Baker wasn't far behind with a 2:20.212.
Only six of the scheduled 12 laps around the 4-mile road course were completed during the event's time limit.
Andersen Racing's Anders Krohn, the series' point leader with five victories in the previous eight races, was involved in a controversial accident with polesitter Niki Coello at the start that knocked both drivers out of the event. Andersen Racing's mechanics were hard at work at press time repairing Krohn's No. 9 Van Diemen, which is sponsored by Trallfa Industries, Colosseum Dental and Kruse Smith, so that the 20-year-old driver from Sandnes, Norway can try again tomorrow.
The Palmetto, Fla.-based team's representative in the Masters Class, Scott Willard of Weston, Conn., improved six positions to place 30th overall with his BroadReach Partners No. 14.
Another Andersen Racing driver, Doug Prendeville of Whippany, N.J., was running sixth until he crashed on the last lap after contact with another competitor. He ended up right behind Willard in the final rundown. Prendeville said his Allied Building Products/Restart Communications car is too damaged to compete in the second half of the doubleheader tomorrow afternoon at 2:25 p.m. local time. Qualifying for that race will be held at 10:55 a.m. Central time Sunday morning.
Andersen Racing is sponsored by Allied Building Products Corp. It is the official Van Diemen factory team in F2000. The team's Web sites are at andersenracingteam.com and andersenracepark.com. More information on the F2000 series is available at eformulacarnews.com and f2000championshipseries.com.
Post-race quotes follow:
Jonny Baker: "I came third. The race was caution filled.
"I got a fairly good start, but unfortunately Anders and Niki Coello had a racing incident and got into each other. I avoided them, but Chris Miller got by me. Then the caution came out.
"Kyle Marcelli got a good restart, and it was a bit of a drafting battle. I didn't have much wing in my car, and in their dirty air my car was understeering. I couldn't get on the gas quickly coming out of the turns, and had to be patient. I worked with the bars and I was working it out and was right there, but then another caution came out for four or five incidents around the track, and we ended under caution.
"It would have been very interesting for sure between the three of us if it had gone green until the end. Marcelli has been knocking at the door for a while now though.
"I've been working really well with my engineer, Mike Reggio, all week; we definitely have a good race car. I've been really enjoying myself after the win at Mid-Ohio. I've got to thank Mike and J.R. Elliott, our crew chief; our sponsors, and everyone else at Andersen Racing.
"I'll sit down with Mike this evening and see what changes, if any, we want to make. Then I'll come back tomorrow and try to get a couple of steps higher on the podium."
Doug Prendeville: "I was sixth, but I touched with another car and went into the wall. I'm not hurt but the car is damaged a lot, so I'm not racing tomorrow. It happened in Turn Five. It'll be all right."
Anders Krohn: "It happened just after the start heading into Turn 1. I was on the outside, trying to pass the polesitter. I would have had the corner, but when I was alongside him he slid into me. I don't know if he was having a problem with his car or what, but it took us both out.
"I think we had a really good car; it's a shame. Sometimes these things happen.
"I want to thank Andersen Racing and my sponsors. Andersen Racing prepares my car as well as humanly possible. It's being fixed right away. It was very unfortunate today, but we'll try again tomorrow.
"I think this track is really good. I really enjoy the drafting. Tomorrow is a new day, and I think we'll have some fun."