Michael 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.
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.
"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!"
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. In addition to his numerous accomplishments on the race track, Krumm is the author of Driving on the Edge: The Art and Science of Race Driving. Questions can be submitted through August 21 with the first round of daily answers from Krumm beginning August 22.