Watkins Glen II: Krohn Racing race report
Krohn Racing's run at the Crown Royal 200 at the Glen proved to be challenging as the team worked feverishly to get the set-up where they wanted it for the race. Tracy W. Krohn, team owner and starting driver had qualified the car 13th on the grid ...
Krohn Racing's run at the Crown Royal 200 at the Glen proved to be challenging as the team worked feverishly to get the set-up where they wanted it for the race. Tracy W. Krohn, team owner and starting driver had qualified the car 13th on the grid and started the race. Teammate Nic Jonsson took the middle stint at Lap 35 and returned the car to Krohn on Lap 67. Unfortunately their day was ended when Burt Friselle, in the No. 61 Aim Autosport Ford Riley, was forced into the No. 75 Krohn Racing Ford Proto-Auto Lola by another car on Lap 84. With a broken right rear suspension sending them to the garage, the team had to settle for 13th in class and 25th overall.
The No. 01 TELMEX/Chip Ganassi BMW Riley of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, the GRAND-AM points leader, won the two-hour race, their seventh of the season.
TRACY W. KROHN, Team Owner/Driver No. 75 Krohn Racing Ford Proto-Auto Lola:
"The car wasn't really very good. We had trouble all day yesterday getting the car set up which was surprising to us. We didn't quite understand why we had so much trouble getting it set up. But eventually we figured it out and kind of got on the right track. But I think we just started off behind and didn't have a whole lot of time to make the adjustments.
The car was better for the race than it had been but we had too much understeer. That eventually forced us to not be able to put anything in to the throttle. It was hard to get flat going up through the esses. It was hard to get back to the throttle very quickly. When Nic got in the car we made a little adjustment and he did a little bit better but not that much better. It was one of those days that we got so far behind. I said I would go ahead and finish the race. We made a little adjustment and when I got in the car, it was actually quite good. The track came to us. There was a little more rubber down on the track, a little cooler and the car got much better. My times reflected that. Then we had a yellow and I got hit from behind and that was it. Not a great day."
NIC JONSSON, Driver, No. 75 Krohn Racing Ford Proto-Auto Lola:
"We had a little bit of a difficulty this weekend to get the car set-up properly. We were really struggling through practice and qualifying. Finally last night the guys did a great job and got the car drivable and did some more changes overnight. The car was actually quite good in the race in my stint. Tracy did a fantastic job on the first stint and kept the car on the lead lap. Then we had a little bit of bad luck with traffic and lost a lap there. Then I got in and ran competitive lap times and stayed within a half second of the leaders, which I was very pleased with since we had a bad car for the whole weekend. Since we were a lap down already we decided to put Tracy back in to get Truman Award points and more seat time. The car performed decent after all and the guys did a great job. We just have to come back home and prep the car for Montreal in a few weeks and hopefully have a good run up there."
DAVID BROWN, Krohn Racing Team Manager and Engineer:
"The car for the race was much improved compared to practice and qualifying. We managed to improve the car through lots of hard work from the team's behalf over the course of practice and the evening session particularly. The car was at its best it had been all weekend during the race. Pit stops were good and driver changes were quick. Unfortunately our race ended prematurely when we were hit and broke the right rear suspension."
Krohn Racing will make the necessary repairs to the car on-site and participate in the GRAND-Am tire test on the long circuit at Watkins Glen on Wednesday, August 11.
The next GRAND-AM race for the Krohn Racing team of Tracy Krohn and Nic Jonsson will be the Montreal 200 race at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada, August 27-28.
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