Andersen Racing's Krohn and Baker Take the Top Honors Again In Sunday's F2000 Race at VIR ALTON, Va., April 20 - Two Andersen Racing Van Diemens took the top honors again on Sunday at VIRginia International Raceway, as rookies Anders Krohn ...
Andersen Racing's Krohn and Baker Take the Top Honors Again In Sunday's F2000 Race at VIR
ALTON, Va., April 20 - Two Andersen Racing Van Diemens took the top honors again on Sunday at VIRginia International Raceway, as rookies Anders Krohn of Sandnes, Norway and Jonny Baker of Farnham Common, Buckinghamshire, England duplicated their results on Saturday to finish first and second, respectively, in the second F2000 Championship Series race of the year.
This time Krohn started on the pole with his No. 9 Van Diemen sponsored by Trallfa Industries, Colosseum Dental and Kruse Smith. Baker started alongside him in the Allied Interior Products No. 6 Van Diemen from the same Palmetto, Fla.-based stable.
Krohn led every lap of the 14-lap race and had a whopping 2.150-seconds advantage at the checkered. Although the gap between first and second was healthy throughout the race when the top pair crossed the start-finish line, Krohn said he had to work very hard to keep Baker behind him in other spots on the 3.270-mile road course. The 20-year-old has now been in two races in America and won both of them.
Both Krohn and Baker also set new track records here at VIR for the series this weekend. Krohn set a new mark for the fastest race lap on Sunday, while Baker's pole-winning time on Saturday was also a new track record according to the figures that were available.
Ricardo Vassmer of Caracas, Venezuela and Coral Springs, Fla., who drives the Andersen Racing No. 2 Van Diemen, finished eighth on Sunday after a torrid battle with Tim Minor, Jordan Taylor and Mirl Swan. He was seventh until Matthew Inge passed him on lap 13 of the 14-lap race. Vassmer's car is sponsored by PDVSA, Citgo, Zoom, Pilodist and Meridian.
Scott Willard of Weston, Conn., only completed one lap of Sunday's race in the team's BroadReach Partners No. 14. Although that result was not what he wanted, he said he still had fun.
Doug Prendeville of Whippany, N.J. was not able to start Sunday's race because his Allied Interior Products/Restart Communications No. 5 received too much damage in a crash in Turn 10 on the first lap of qualifying Sunday afternoon. Luckily Prendeville was not hurt.
Krohn won the pole on Sunday with a lap of 1:56.171 and Baker was second with a 1:56.691. Vassmer qualified seventh on Sunday with a 1:57.711 and Willard was 24th with a 2:00.653.
Baker actually set a new track record on Saturday when he won the pole for the first race with a 1:55.064. He held the fastest F2000 race lap for 24 hours too with a 1:56.636 (100.929 mph) until Krohn broke it on Sunday with a 1:55.962 (101.516 mph).
The next two F2000 races will be held at Road Atlanta on Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10.
Some post-race quotes follow:
Anders Krohn: "I've never pushed so hard in a race before. I gave it everything I possibly had.
"They told me over the radio how big of a lead I had, but at one point my lead was decreasing. Jonny was closest in Turn 1 through Turn 4. The gap from Oak Tree to the straightaway I think my car was stronger. But I was 100 percent the whole way.
"I got held up a little by lapped traffic, but mostly they were to my advantage. This whole weekend worked out to be a storybook weekend for me.
"Today I was very satisfied with my car, especially in the race. I just played with the front roll bar a bit. I just want to thank Andersen Racing; they gave me a perfect car."
Jonny Baker: "I've got to be pleased with two seconds. It's nice to be really fast. Unfortunately for me I have a fast teammate as well.
"In the middle stint I was flying. I was stiffening it as much as I can, but on the last three or four laps I ran out of bar. But I really enjoyed that middle stint.
"I think I was a little stronger going into Oak Tree. Anders was stronger coming out of Oak Tree and in the last two corners. I was really good in the middle sector though."
Doug Prendeville (about his crash in qualifying): "I got two wheels off in Turn 10. I didn't hit a wall or anything. The floor got ripped off and there was grass and mud everywhere. I don't know if I ran over a ditch or what; I didn't even spin until the very end. At first I thought it might be pretty bad, but I must have tucked my legs up or something because I didn't get hurt.
"Then when they were bringing me in, the tow truck driver ran into the front of a parked Mini Cooper. At that point I just walked back to our garage.
"I feel bad for the guys, because they worked hard to get the engine changed last night."
Dan Andersen (team co-owner): "I'm extremely proud of the results that these two exceptional young drivers were able to give us this weekend: two wins, two seconds, two poles, two fastest race laps and two new track records make a team owner very happy. I'm very proud of the job our entire crew did and how hard everyone worked.
"We're also very happy with our brand-new DP08 Van Diemen race cars. We just got them in February, and we're very pleased with them.
"We're pleased with the new tire that Hoosier has provided as well."