Sebring: Krohn/Risi team qualifying report

The Krohn-Risi Ferrari team of Tracy W. Krohn, Nic Jonsson and Colin Braun has been busy getting settled into their new No. 61 Ferrari 430GT. The trio is at Sebring International Raceway, preparing to compete in the inaugural American Le Mans...

The Krohn-Risi Ferrari team of Tracy W. Krohn, Nic Jonsson and Colin Braun has been busy getting settled into their new No. 61 Ferrari 430GT. The trio is at Sebring International Raceway, preparing to compete in the inaugural American Le Mans Series race of the 2007 season, the 55th Annual 12 Hours of Sebring.

In today's qualifying session, 18-year-old Colin Braun qualified the car in the sixth position in the GT2 class, 21st overall in the 34-car field.

COLIN BRAUN, driver of the No. 61 Krohn/Risi Ferrari 430GT:

Regarding today's qualifying:

"Qualifying went really well today. We've been working on the car in race trim to try and get it set-up as good as we can for the race. We didn't put a qualifying set-up on it like a lot of these guys do. We just ran our race set-up and tried to do as well as we could in qualifying. The car is getting better and better every session. The Krohn/Risi guys are really doing a great job. We've been finalizing changes. It's getting better every session. We're just a little bit behind because we haven't been running this thing for two years like the other (Risi Competizione Ferrari) team has."

Regarding driving at Sebring for the first time:

"I love driving here at Sebring. It's a lot of fun. It's such a neat track because it has so much character to it. You're never in the same spot twice because of the big bumps they have here. It keeps you on your toes and makes it really interesting, that's for sure."

Regarding driving in the GT class and being passed by faster cars:

"If I had a choice I would prefer to be in the top class and passing other cars than having them pass me because I like to make my own destiny by passing the slower guys. Being passed is always kind of a scary thing at the time. All these guys here are doing a good job though so it's not too scary."

Regarding driving a Risi Competizione-prepared Ferrari:

"As soon as I got in the Krohn/Risi Ferrari, it was very well set-up and great right from the start. Getting to drive it is just a great honor for me. Driving with these guys, because they've done it for so long and they're so good, that it's pretty easy really."

TRACY KROHN, Krohn Racing owner and driver of the No. 61 Krohn/Risi Ferrari 430GT:

Regarding Colin's qualifying session today:

"Colin did a great job. The track went away a little bit. This track seems to get to one certain temperature and then it starts to extrude oil, particularly (Turns) 13, 14, 15, 3, 4, and 5...in that complex area. The car picked up a little bit of push. I think it's a very acceptable result. We are starting sixth in class. The other Risi car, No. 62,. I think it's a very acceptable result. First time on this track, first time qualifying the car. I think he did great."

Regarding driving the Ferrari 430GT:

"This is overall a much easier car to drive than I've ever driven here. I've only driven Porsches, and although a Porsche is very reliable, very quick automobile, this car is better balanced, the engine is a little more towards the center so, you get a better balanced car. It's a little bit easier on my old bones and joints. It doesn't mash me around quite as much, particularly at Turn 17 and Turn 1. It has a very similar feel to the Prototype that I've been driving."

NIC JONSSON, driver of the No. 61 Krohn/Risi Ferrari 430GT:

Regarding today's qualifying:

"I went out on the circuit to watch Colin during the qualifying session. He was not qualifying across the curbs or doing anything at risk. The lap times reflects the careful approach we decided to take through the qualifying session."

Regarding driving the Ferrari 430GT:

"We've had a really good week getting some seat time in the Ferrari and working on the set-up for the race here at Sebring. It's a fantastic car to drive. I've driven production cars at Sebring for many years with the BMW. I am enjoying the balance of the Ferrari. We're expecting a really good race."

MARK SCHOMANN, Krohn/Risi Ferrari No. 61 Race Engineer:

Regarding today's qualifying:

"I don't think Colin qualifying place showed how well he really did. I think the track got really greasy because of the formula race before our qualifying session and the track temperature. I don't think I reacted with the set-up properly. So, I think Colin did a damn good job for qualifying as well as he did and not hurting the car. I'm pretty proud of him. Some of the teams here, I'm sure, were just working the qualifying set-up and we concentrated on continuing to work on race prep. Colin was really good about putting down a hot time but not overdoing it so we could get more information for race set-up. He did a really good job."

In addition to the 12 Hours of Sebring Krohn, Jonsson and Braun will also team up to compete in the 75th Annual 24 Heures du Mans/24 Hours of Le Mans, June 16-17, and the Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta on October 4-6. Krohn and Jonsson will also pair for two additional American Le Mans Series races: The third annual Lone Star Grand Prix in Krohn's hometown of Houston, Texas and the Monterey Sports Car Championship finale in Laguna Seca, California, October 18.

Tracy Krohn, owner of Krohn Racing, and Giuseppe Risi, owner of Risi Competizione, both of Houston, Texas, entered into a relationship recently to have Risi Competizione field the No. 61 Ferrari 430GT for four ALMS race and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2007. In addition to Sebring, the No. 61 Krohn/Risi Ferrari will compete at the Houston, Road Atlanta and Laguna Seca ALMS races, as well as the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

-credit: krt

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Series ALMS
Drivers Colin Braun , Tracy Krohn , Nic Jonsson
Teams Krohn Racing , Risi Competizione