Laguna Seca: Andersen Racing qualifying report

Andersen Racing Sets Three of Top Four Times In Star Mazda Qualifying At Mazda Raceway Saturday SALINAS, Calif., May 22 - Just as they did at the test at O'Reilly Raceway Park on May 7-8, Andersen Racing's Star Mazda drivers set three of the ...

Andersen Racing Sets Three of Top Four Times In Star Mazda Qualifying At Mazda Raceway Saturday

SALINAS, Calif., May 22 - Just as they did at the test at O'Reilly Raceway Park on May 7-8, Andersen Racing's Star Mazda drivers set three of the top four times during qualifying for Round 3 of the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear Saturday at Mazda Raceway.

Anders Krohn will start second, Tristan Vautier will start third and Mikael Grenier will start fourth for the Palmetto, Fla.-based team in tomorrow's 45-minute race, which is scheduled to get off to a standing start at 9:15 a.m. local time.

The top eight cars were within 1 second of Conor Daly's pole-winning lap, and Krohn's flyer was just 0.153 of a second off Daly's time.

Krohn, a native of Stavanger, Norway who is now based in Houston, led a big portion of the qualifying session until Daly just edged ahead of the 1:21.028 (99.432 miles per hour) lap that "The Viking" ran in his No. 47. It is sponsored by Trallfa Industries, Colosseum Dental, Norse Cutting & Abandonment, Bring Logistics US Inc., SR Transport, ZATGraphics.com, Rioja Tapas Restaurant, Eagles Canyon Raceway and Repcon Media.

Vautier, of Corenc, France, had a qualifying time of 1:21.055 (99.399 mph) with his Sebring-winning No. 38, which is sponsored by Moulin T.P., Cecibon, Circuit du Laquis and Fontanel Promotion.

Grenier, of Stoneham, Quebec, qualified with a time of 1:21.192 (99.231 mph). His No. 17 welcomes a new sponsor this week, Slow Cow relaxation drink. It joins his other supporters, April Super Flow, NAPA Auto Parts, HS Telecom and Desharnais.

Daly's pole did not break Richard Kent's track record of 1:19.935, which was set in 2008 in an Andersen Racing car.

Anders Krohn: "It was a very good qualifying session for us. The car was very stable. We were P1 for quite a while, but then Conor piqued us at the end. That was a shame because the team, Tristan, Mikael and I have been working flat-out all weekend. But we're on the front row, which is always good. One of my sponsors, Bring Logistics, is here this weekend so we'll try to win for them tomorrow."

Tristan Vautier: "It was a good qualifying session. We didn't get the pole so you always want to do better, but we had solid results. The team did a good job and gave us all great cars.

"This track is awesome. It's very challenging. On my fastest lap in qualifying I made a really small mistake in Turn 10 because I was pushing hard.

"The race is going to be a different story than qualifying. It's 45 minutes long. We need to have a good start, and then stay out of trouble and see what we can do. I have to thank the team though for giving us all good cars."

Mikael Grenier: "We tried something yesterday afternoon that didn't work, so we made a big change before qualifying and the car was quite good. I don't think the field has ever been as tight as this.

"We can still improve my car before the race.  I feel good about the race
tomorrow.  Qualifying was fine; we were very close to the pole."

-source: andersen racing

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Series Pro Mazda
Drivers Mikael Grenier , Richard Kent , Tristan Vautier , Conor Daly , Anders Krohn