Anders Krohn: LIVE from the Rolex 24
Over the course of the Rolex 2 at Daytona, Firestone Indy Lights competitor, Anders Krohn, will be live blogging for IMS. He's co-driving with John Andretti and his son so it looks to be a succesful weekend for Anders. He'll give the fans some insight on what's going around the track as well as inside the cockpit. Enjoy!
POST FINAL PRACTICE
We ended the day with driver change practice, and we got down to some pretty respectable times. I've only done one race before with a driver change, and that was in an F2000 car with my friend Chuck Lessick. So you could say this will be a fairly new thing to me! There are so many different elements to this than what I've experienced before, and I feel like I'm learning huge things every minute I'm at the track.
Heading out of the track on the Tram, I got to see the night life in the infield. There are so many people just having a good time with friends and family, so I can definitely recommend this event to anybody, regardless of age or gender.
The Yellow Dragon Motorsports crew has worked tirelessly for the past few weeks, and the culmination of that will start at 3.30pm tomorrow. If all goes according to plan, we'll celebrate a successful race exactly 24 hours later.
Today I'd also like to give a shout out to Mazda who won the Continental Tire Challenge race today in the ST category. It was a huge battle, and I'm glad it was a Zoom-Zoom car that came out on top.
I mentioned this yesterday, but I'll say it again: If you have anything you'd like answered about this race, my Mazda RX-8 race car, IndyCar or anything racing (or non racing for that matter) related, feel free to Tweet me @AndersKrohn and I'll answer to the best of my abilities!
Now it's time to rest up for the longest and most important race of my life. Good night people, I'll check in with you all tomorrow.
We qualified 50th overall, which on paper isn't very good at all. But my co-driver Taylor Hacquard only got a few laps of running, and did a great job considering the circumstances we had to work with.
This evening we had night practice, and I have to tell you that there's something magical about driving in the dark. The track lights makes everything very bright, but all the contrasts seem so stark in the dark, and boy was it a special feeling to do a couple of laps out there.
Hello everybody! The 2012 racing season is upon us, and it's a big one coming up first. I am of course talking about the Rolex 24 at Daytona this weekend. So far, all of my racing experience has been Open-Wheel related, most of which has been on the Mazda Road to Indy Ladder. This will be a whole new experience for me, and I'm excited to keep you guys updated on what Daytona is like for a Sports Car rookie.
Yesterday was an amazing day at Daytona International Raceway. The thought of making my debut in one of the worlds biggest Endurance races seems quite unreal. The atmosphere surrounding the event is great, and today we'll be qualifying. Everything leading up to the event has been super busy, but everybody at Mazda, Yellow Dragon Motorsports and Grand Am have been super helpful in putting this whole deal together.
As a new driver, yesterday was all about gathering as much information as possible. We had a good team meeting with the YDM group, and I would also like to thank the SpeedSource camp for helping me out with a great deal. Then there's been the planning for Hospitality. I will have 30 guests coming this weekend, some of which will be coming all the way from Norway. The biggest group will be coming from PM International Suppliers, one of my partners who is based very close to Daytona. I'm excited to have so many people here, for what will be an absolute thriller. 45 GT cars and 15 DP cars, it should be busy enough out there!
It'll be a super busy weekend, but I look forward to keeping all the IMS fans posted on what's going on here in Florida!
More to come later today...
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