Andersen Racing Enters Krohn in Firestone Indy Lights Race
Andersen Racing, one of the premier open-wheel develop teams in North America, is pleased to announce that it will field a car for one of its Star Mazda drivers, Anders Krohn of Stavanger, Norway and Houston, Texas, in the Corning 100 Firestone Indy Lights race that will be held at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. on Sunday. The 29-lap race on the famous 3.37-mile, 11-turn road course precedes the Camping World Grand Prix IZOD IndyCar Series race later that afternoon.
Krohn will be the first driver to compete in all three formula car classes in which the Palmetto, Fla.-based team is involved: Formula 2000, the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear and Firestone Indy Lights.
Team co-owner Dan Andersen had high praise for Krohn, 22, who is nicknamed "The Viking" and is one of the most personable drivers in the Star Mazda paddock.
"As a team whose reason for being is the development and advancement of young drivers, we have in Anders Krohn the prototypical Andersen Racing driver," Andersen said. "He came to us in 2008 and simply dominated the F2000 level with nine victories in 14 races. He came back to us this year in Star Mazda and is currently second in the points, and we will be contesting for that championship for the rest of the year. Getting him into a Firestone Indy Lights car with our team completes the cycle and makes me extremely happy. He is a clear talent who will advance in racing until he reaches the top."
Andersen Racing isn't currently fielding a Formula 2000 team but its principals are still very much involved with that division of cars because they are administering the first step in the Indy Racing League's Road to Indy ladder, the "Cooper Tires Presents the USF2000 National Championship Powered by Mazda."
Andersen Racing has fielded cars for six different drivers so far this year in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear: Krohn, Mikael Grenier, Tristan Vautier, Nick Andries, Dom Bastien and Court Vernon. Andersen Racing is leading that series' team standings. It won the Star Mazda team championship in 2008 and it finished second last year. Star Mazda is the second step in the IRL's Road to Indy program.
Both the USF2000 series and Star Mazda are also part of the prestigious MAZDASPEED Motorsports driver development program, which provides scholarships to champions to help them advance to the next-highest series the following season.
Andersen Racing has been competing in Firestone Indy Lights since 2007. It has fielded cars for Carmen Jorda, Joel Miller and Arie Luyendyk Jr. in that series so far this year.
Two of Andersen Racing's former drivers, Graham Rahal (Star Mazda) and Mario Romancini (Firestone Indy Lights) are competing in the IZOD IndyCar Series this year.
The team, which is sponsored by Allied Building Products Corp., also has regional, national and international karting programs and it owns a 1-mile road course test track, Andersen RacePark in Palmetto, Fla.