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NISMO Works Driver Michael Krumm is Newest 'Ask A Pro' Online Instructor
Posted by: newsla on Aug 14, 2013 - 06:16 PM
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NISMO Works Driver Michael Krumm is Newest 'Ask A Pro' Online Instructor


Open-wheel and sports car champion Michael Krumm will take some time out of his hectic international schedule the next few weeks to answer questions and pass along advice as the latest Online Driving Instructor for the Road Racing Drivers Club’s ground-breaking www.SAFEisFAST.com website.

 

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Krumm, 43, who hails originally from Germany and has lived in Japan for most of the past 20 years – and is married to professional tennis player Kimiko Date-Krumm – is among a select group of drivers who have won championship titles in four different decades. He has authored a book based upon his wealth of experience, Driving on the Edge: The Art and Science of Race Driving, published by Autocourse, which has drawn rave reviews.

"The SAFEisFAST.com website is an absolute must for all drivers to look at, not only for the youngsters,” says Krumm. “I learned a lot from it, since even if you know most of the things already as an experienced driver, it is a great reminder of what really is important in racing. I'm proud for the opportunity to play a part in this and give something back to the sport I love so much. I wish this would have been available when I was a kid!"

SAFEisFAST.com is a free online resource featuring video tutorials on a wide variety of topics including safety, fitness, mental skills, race craft, career development, sponsorship, marketing and more to assist the careers of drivers in all forms of racing. The website also offers a popular “Ask A Pro” section in which top drivers answer questions on a similarly diverse range of subjects. Previous Online Instructors have included Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button, two-time Le Mans winner Alexander Wurz and Indianapolis 500 champions Dario Franchitti and Gil de Ferran, as well as fitness guru Jim Leo and mental preparation expert Dr. Jacques Dallaire. Since its launch, there have been well over a quarter of a million views of the online tutorials from visitors representing more than 130 countries. The videos recently have been made available to a wider global audience with the inclusion of closed-captions in 71 different languages.

Krumm started his career in karting at age 14 and graduated to cars in 1988, winning the German Formula Ford Championship the following year and the German Formula Opel/Lotus title just one year later. He progressed quickly to Formula 3, winning races in Germany and earning an invitation to join the factory-backed TOM’S Toyota team in Japan. He won the Japanese F3 crown as a rookie in 1994 and never looked back. His speed and fast-improving technical ability led to more opportunities in Japan, where he has raced successfully in Formula Nippon open-wheel cars as well as touring cars and Super GTs. His many accolades include a pair of All-Japan GT Championships, in 1997 and 2003, and the FIA GT1 World Championship in 2011, driving for the Nissan factory-supported JRM Motorsports team.

He has raced six times in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and has earned two podium finishes, including one in June in the hard-fought LMP2 category aboard Greaves Motorsport’s Zytek-Nissan. Krumm, who has raced for Nissan since 1998, currently competes in the Japanese Super GT Championship and plays an active role in helping graduates of the acclaimed Nissan GT Academy in making the transition from sim racing to top-level professional racing.


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