The Grand Prix of Houston proved to be a challenging hometown race for the No. 61 Krohn-Risi Ferrari team. Houston native Tracy W. Krohn started the Ferrari 430GT from the 21st position, eighth in class and teammate Nic Jonsson brought it home...
The Grand Prix of Houston proved to be a challenging hometown race for the No. 61 Krohn-Risi Ferrari team. Houston native Tracy W. Krohn started the Ferrari 430GT from the 21st position, eighth in class and teammate Nic Jonsson brought it home 23rd overall, tenth in class after a couple small racing incidents, including nearly an hour pit stop for a radiator change.
The sister No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 430GR of Jaime Melo and Mika Salo won the GT2 class, their fourth in four races this season.
Nic Jonsson, Driver Krohn-Risi Ferrari 430GT:
"It was a pretty rough day to start. It started off this week that we missed half of the first session because there was a starter motor issue. When you get behind on a street course with track time, it's very, very hard to catch up. I think we were playing catch up all weekend. Unfortunately Tracy got bumped a little bit in the beginning of the race and had radiator damage from it. Tracy went out and did a really good job. He stayed focused and then I got in and ran to the finish.
"The team performed well again. Pit stops were good and we had a decent car thanks to the Krohn Risi team. We are going to recoup and the next round with the car in Krohn green will be Le Mans. I think we have a very, very good opportunity there to go there with a strong team and good driver line-up. I'm really looking forward to that because the cars are good and I think if we can get a break and have some luck on our side, we'll do well. Today we should have been in the Top Five today as well. That's what the lap times showed. We don't have to get too depressed or disappointed with our result because we have to find the bright side on it. That is that we are getting closer to the top runners. Tracy did an excellent job again. We also have to keep working on it. What I've been telling Tracy all week is that I and everybody else out here probably have 15-20 years on him in experience in the race car. We have to take that into consideration. He's got a steep learning curve. I think we're making tremendous improvement every weekend out. I'm very proud of Tracy. I'm really looking forward to working with him in the future. Watch out in a year or two from now, we're going to be running out front and winning races."
Tracy Krohn, Owner of Krohn Racing/Driver of Krohn-Risi Ferrari 430GT:
"You have days like this. I stuck the nose in at Turn 4 and got it chopped off. It was one of those little racing incidents. I thought he saw me. Maybe he saw me, maybe he didn't. It hit the right front part of the car and took out the radiator. Unbeknownst to me, I figured it was okay, the car was running okay. However, the next lap a car passed me and I was ready to put a pass back on him at Turn Six. I got inside him and got a good run on him and hit the brakes and just kept going. It turned out that it was throwing water on the front of the right wheel because the radiator was leaking. Then it took us awhile to get it fixed. I got out and ran pretty quick in the car, as quick as I've run all weekâ^a¦actually, quicker than I've run all week. I had another little incident at the last turn, which made me come back in and swap the wing out. The car was actually quite good at the end when it was running. We'll use this as a practice session and gain experience. That is part of the point in running here is to get experience. Now we'll get ready to go to Le Mans. "
Jeff Hazell, Krohn Racing - Atlanta Team Manager:
"The ALMS has high driving standards because it attracts manufacturers. The competition is tough. Tracy is one of the very few gentleman drivers here. And, of course, a street track is very unforgiving. It punishes the slightest mistake. And that was demonstrated this afternoon. Tracy made a couple of mistakes and they were very visible; having said that, the car survived a couple of small incidents. The team made repairs and Tracy has now completed three street races, so he's gathering experience."
Today's Grand Prix of Houston will be televised taped delay on CBS Sports on Sunday, April 29th, 1:00-3:00 p.m. ET.
Tracy and Nic's next race will be at the Virginia International Raceway next weekend, April 28-29, in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series with the Daytona Prototype two-car team. They will compete in the No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley. Driving the sister car, the No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley, will be teammates Max Papis and Colin Braun. The race will be televised live on Speed TV at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 29.
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