Oil Drama in the Streets of St. Petersburg for Krohn St. Petersburg, Florida - April 1st, 2010 - Anders Krohn started and finished fourth in his first visit to the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg street race. The race turned out to be an extremely...
Oil Drama in the Streets of St. Petersburg for Krohn
St. Petersburg, Florida - April 1st, 2010 - Anders Krohn started and finished fourth in his first visit to the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg street race. The race turned out to be an extremely difficult one for the 22-year old, as he had to endure 45 minutes with very low visibility due to the driver in front leaking oil from his race car.
The second round of the Star Mazda Championship was hosted alongside the IZOD IndyCar Series, with an estimated 160,000 fans in attendance over the weekend at the beautiful Floridian venue. Saturday morning saw a shortened Qualifying session when another driver crashed heavily, and as a result, Krohn only got one flying lap. The Norwegian racer and his team, Andersen Racing, opted for an alternative tire strategy for Qualifying, which proved to be the wrong option when the session was cut down from 20 to around 5 minutes as the crash occurred. Luckily, the one lap was good enough to sit fourth on the grid for the race.
Krohn, driving the #47 Trallfa/NCA/Colosseum/Andersen Racing car, got a decent start to the race, and managed to defend his fourth position starting spot. As the laps were ticking down, his vision started getting worse and worse, because the driver in third position was leaking oil from his gearbox. The rest of the race was spent driving in a big blur, but Krohn managed to hold his spot and gained valuable championship points. Despite the difficulties, the Scandinavian still managed to set the third fastest lap of the race.
Post race quote:
"Driving in the Streets of St. Petersburg has been a dream of mine ever since I came to race in North America in 2008. The track is absolutely awesome, and the fans make it even better. Andersen Racing and I were quick right out of the box, so it was a bit of a shame when we had the red flag in Qualifying. For the race, I was hoping for a spot on the podium, but the oil spillage made that very difficult. I needed the driver in front of me to make a mistake, but it never happened so we stayed put for fourth. Although it's not the result we wanted, we will take the points and move forward to the next race. I would like to thank Andersen Racing for yet another well executed weekend, as well as all of my sponsors and partners. I cannot wait to be back on track again!" Commented Krohn, who is now on his way back to Norway.
Anders currently lies 4thin the championship battle, and hopes to improve that position when the next race is up at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on May 22nd.