Andersen Racing's Krohn Finishes Second In Friday's F2000 Race at Road Atlanta

BRASELTON, Ga., May 9 - Anders Krohn qualified second and finished second to lead the way for Andersen Racing in Friday's F2000 Championship Series race presented by Hoosier Racing Tire at Road Atlanta Motorsports Park.

Polesitter Jordan Taylor got a jump at the start and Krohn spent the rest of the 18-lap race trying to catch him. There were no full-course yellows to help the cause of the driver from Sandnes, Norway, and Taylor had a 4.944-second advantage over Krohn's Van Diemen at the end. Krohn's No. 9 is sponsored by Trallfa Industries, Colosseum Dental and Kruse Smith.

Doug Prendeville of Whippany, N.J. had an excellent start, moving up from tenth to eighth in the No. 5 Van Diemen sponsored by Andersen Racing, Allied Interior Products and Restart Communications. He got as high as seventh on lap two and fell back to ninth at one point, but battled back for eighth by lap 13 to finish in that spot.

Scott Willard of Weston, Conn., advanced the most positions of the Andersen Racing drivers. He started 18th with the BroadReach Partners No. 14 and finished 13th.

Jonny Baker of Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire, England had a crash in qualifying with his Allied Interior Products No. 6 Van Diemen that affected his race. He made a pit stop on lap eight but returned to finish the race in 25th spot.

Ricardo Vassmer practiced here on Friday morning but decided to drop out of the weekend's events before qualifying and re-evaluate the best way to spend his racing budget. He said Andersen Racing is the best team in the paddock, but he's been contemplating a move to stock cars in the future and needs to save all his possible sponsorship money in case he pursues that effort. Vassmer, of Caracas, Venezuela and Coral Springs, Fla., is sponsored by PDVSA, Citgo, Zoom, Pilodist and Meridian.

There was only one hour and 55 minutes between the end of Friday's practice session and qualifying. Peter Dempsey, one of Andersen Racing's Star Mazda drivers, borrowed gear from other drivers, stepped into the No. 2 that Vassmer had been slated to drive, and qualified fourth. Dempsey had never driven a F2000 car before and his first lap in qualifying was his first one ever on this 2.540-mile road course. The driver from Ashbourne, County Meath, Ireland, didn't get a lap in during the race, however, due to a clutch problem.

Andersen Racing is Van Diemen's factory team in this series. The Palmetto, Fla.-based team is sponsored by Allied Building Products Corp. It is the development team of Rahal Letterman Racing.

The team's Web sites are at andersenracingteam.com and andersenracepark.com. More information on the series is available at eformulacarnews.com and f2000championshipseries.com.

Another F2000 race will be held here tomorrow at 1:35 p.m. Then the circuit travels to Watkins Glen, N.Y. for another doubleheader June 13-15.

Some post-race quotes follow:

Anders Krohn: "In my opinion, the start should have been waved off.

"That being said, I think Jordan had a bit stronger car than I did today. I might have been able to pass him if there had been a full-course caution, but there weren't any, even though in my opinion there should have been a couple. The driver that was in third, Kyle Marcelli, had a bad crash near the end, and there were parts on the track.

"My car wasn't bad; the Andersen Racing guys always do a great job. It didn't seem to react as well to changes in direction as it did at VIR though. In other words, when I turned the wheel left, it didn't turn as fast as it could have. My car wasn't as nimble as we wanted it to be. We're going to work on that tonight, and I will do my best to try to improve my driving as well.

"I didn't have any close calls. Traffic with the backmarkers was bad, but that's the same for everybody.

"There are things I wish could have been different, like the start and the lack of yellows. Still, I must say it's good points for the championship. But I wanted to win."

Doug Prendeville: "It was a good run for the Allied Building Products and Restart Communications car. The team gave me a good car. Hopefully I'll be able to qualify better tomorrow.

"I had a couple of good passes with Tim Minor and another driver that were fun. The people here from Restart seemed to be very pleased with the top-10 finish."

Scott Willard: "I had a fun race. I had a battle at the beginning with three other drivers that was fun."

Jonny Baker: "My car was just very unpredictable. I think it is something from the crash I had in Turn 1 in qualifying. It seemed like something wasn't in line in the rear of the car. I came into the pits and they checked the suspension to see if they could find out what was wrong, but nothing was evident. They put some wing in it to try to make it more stable and I went back out, but it was the same. We'll go back to the paddock and see if we can find the problem and try again tomorrow."

Peter Dempsey: "I left the pits and I felt the clutch go. I think it got jammed in gear.

"Such is life. We'll give it socks tomorrow. That's Irish for we'll try again tomorrow."

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