Picture perfect season ending for Anders Krohn Things couldn't have gone much better when recently crowned US Formula 2000 Champion, Anders Krohn, competed the final two races of the season at the newly built New Jersey Motorsports Park. He took...
Picture perfect season ending for Anders Krohn
Things couldn't have gone much better when recently crowned US Formula 2000 Champion, Anders Krohn, competed the final two races of the season at the newly built New Jersey Motorsports Park. He took the maximum points possible for one weekend, with two pole positions, two race wins and two fastest race laps. "What a way to cap off such a fantastic season. This weekend pretty much went to perfection right from the get-go, and we never looked back!" Commented Krohn shortly upon completing the 14th and final race of the 2008 season.
Qualifying for Race 1 proved difficult as there was a lot of dust and sand being kicked onto the race track. Nevertheless after just a few free laps, Anders was able to put the #9 Andersen Racing Van Diemen on pole position for the race with just over two tenths to the nearest opponent. He also set a new track record on his hot lap. "The traffic and dirt combined made it a difficult yet interesting qualifying session. I think we should be okay for the race though." Said Krohn.
Race 1 started off in the best possible fashion for Anders as he pulled away from the field on the first lap, only for the safety car to be released following a crash involving two other cars. When the track was clear again, Anders again managed to build a good gap of 2,5 seconds before another full course yellow was necessary. After that period was over, only one lap remained, but he still managed to pull out a 1,5 second gap to the nearest rival when the chequered flag was waived. "This was one of those races where you just do all you can, but don't really enj oy due to all the crashes. Still, it's great to bag another win." Said Anders, who also set the fastest race lap, securing another two points in addition to three points for pole position and 50 points for the race win.
The initial part of Qualifying for Race 2 went very well for Anders Krohn as he was clear of the field by a considerable margin. But after Anders came into the pits following a red flag period, and turned off his engine, the engine would not fire when the track went green again. The rest of qualifying was nailbiting for Krohn as he watched the rest of the field go by, while the Andersen Racing crew worked hard on his car to get it going. But it was enough for pole position by a margin of sevent tenths of a second, and the team was very relieved to see the chequered flag being waived. "I went out directly and set a couple of really quick laps, and as luck would have it, it was enough to secure pole position although I only did ver y few laps. Now I hope the guys can get the car fixed for the race." A happy Anders said despite the problems.
The crew worked hard on Anders' car for Race 2, but with 15 minutes remaining, the problem had not yet been found. They opted for one last option which was to bumpstart the car, which worked and they got Anders and his car on the grid for the race. When on track, the entire race went smooth for Anders and his crew, as they pulled away from the field to win by a massive 8 seconds at the chequered flag. Krohn also set the fastest race lap in his run towards his 9th victory of the season. "What a way to end the season! I couln't be any happier about the outcome. Once again Andersen Racing shows that they rise from difficulties and win races, they deserve a massive thanks not only for the race, but for the season as a whol e. It's just a perfect way to complete a close to perfect season." Said Anders, who has won 9 out of 14 races this year to secure the US Formula 2000 Championship crown.
Anders Krohn's debut year in the US racing scene has been nothing but great, but he says that he would be nowhere without his trustworthy partners. "My main sponsors Trallfa Industries, Colosseum Dental and Kruse Smith gave me the possibility to do what I love the most, race. Then Andersen Racing made sure I had the best equipment available at any time, so that we could challenge for a championship. And that's what we did! We managed to dominate the season, and I couldn't be any more thankful."
Plans for Anders' racing future are currently being worked on, and it will be exciting to see where he ends up racing in 2009. "At this point in time I have no idea where I will end up next season, but I think it's important to be able to take one step at a time and see which opportunities arises. Time will tell." Said Anders, reflecting over his season and looking ahead.