Controversial 5th place finish in Indy for Krohn Indianapolis, Indiana - May 29th Norwegian race car driver Anders Krohn started 10th and finished 5th in Round Four of the Star Mazda Championship at O'Reilly Raceway Park (ORP). The event, which...
Controversial 5th place finish in Indy for Krohn
Indianapolis, Indiana - May 29th Norwegian race car driver Anders Krohn started 10th and finished 5th in Round Four of the Star Mazda Championship at O'Reilly Raceway Park (ORP). The event, which was held the Night before the biggest automobile race in the world, the Indianapolis 500, was not without its fair share of drama, as Krohn would experience.
Following Qualifying, in which Krohn initially Qualified 4th, all cars were called to Impound for technical controls. After parking the cars, no further messages were given to the drivers about what to do next. Krohn and his teammate Tristan Vautier stepped away for a few minutes, before returning to impound, where they were weighed. A while later they were notified that they had been penalized, and would start 10th and 11th respectively. The reason for the penalty was that they had stepped away from their vehicles. "I feel that it is an extremely harsh penalty for nothing but a small misunderstanding. We hung around the cars for a bit, but were never informed that we had to stay there. In my opinion, the penalty does not fit the crime, but this is the way it is and we have to accept it. It's a big shame, because passing is very difficult on this track." Commented the 22-year old after he was handed the six-spot grid penalty.
Come race time, the ORP grandstands were filled to the brim, and with 125 laps of racing ahead anything could happen. At the start, Krohn was briefly held up by the driver in front of him when he missed a gear, but quickly started progressing through the field. The Houston-resident never made a mistake, but utilized those made by others, and eventually crossed the line in 5th position.
"I'm very proud of the work Andersen Racing has been putting down, and I want to reward them with a win more than anything else. We were dealt a bad hand with the penalty, but made the most of it in the race and salvaged some good championship points. I would like to thank my main sponsors Trallfa, Norse Cutting & Abandonment, Colosseum as well as my partners Bring Logistics US Inc, SR Transport, ZAT Graphics, Nash Performance, Eagles Canyon Raceway, KNA, Rioja, MotorAkademiet, Bell Racing, OMP Racing, Restart Communications, and Racing For Kids." Said Krohn, who attributes all of his on track success to his team and partners.
The next race on the schedule for Krohn is Iowa Speedway on June 19th. Iowa is the fastest track on the 2010 calendar, with average speeds of around 145 mph. The race will be run in conjunction with the IZOD IndyCar Series. Krohn currently sits third in the championship chase, and have his eyes set at improving that for the next race.