1997 Japanese GT Champion Michael Krumm has re-signed for Nismo the official Nissan Motorsport Team to compete in the 2002 Japanese GT Championship. Full sponsor details are yet to be released, but Michael's co-driver for 2002 will be Satoshi ...
1997 Japanese GT Champion Michael Krumm has re-signed for Nismo the official Nissan Motorsport Team to compete in the 2002 Japanese GT Championship. Full sponsor details are yet to be released, but Michael's co-driver for 2002 will be Satoshi Motoyama.
Michael has been a regular of the Japanese GT Championship in the last few year's securing the title in 1997 with co-driver Pedro de la Rosa. Michael joined Nissan in 1998 to compete in the German STW before returning to Japan to compete in the GT Championship for Nissan and the Formula Nippon Championship with Team 5Zigen in 1999. 2000 and 2001 have seen Michael complete the same gruelling program and secure race wins in GT and finishing second in the highly competitive Formula Nippon Championship in 2000.
2001 was a very hectic year for Michael who made his CART debut in Mexico and then also drove in the Long Beach event before the team hit financial troubles. He also had his first taste of Formula One demonstrating three Ferrari's for the Japanese Importer including an ex Schumacher car from 1999.
"I am very pleased to continue with Nismo they are one of the most professional teams in the world and I am very pleased to have Motoyama as a co-driver, we have raced together for a long time and know each other well - he will be very strong. Our Skylines were competitive last season and the Nismo engineers are working hard to make the car even better for 2002 so I hope to be able to challenge for a second GT Title.
At the moment it looks like I will not be driving in Formula Nippon this season as the economic climate has hit the teams quite hard in Japan. The GT Championship is only eight races so we have been looking around to compete back in Europe or in the USA, and there are some interesting opportunities and we are talking with several people at the moment."