Birmingham: Krohn Racing race report

The No. 75 Krohn Racing Ford Proto-Auto Lola of car owner/ qualifying driver Tracy W. Krohn and teammate Nic Jonsson finished 11th in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series' Porsche 250 race at Barber Motorsports Park on April 10. Krohn started from...

The No. 75 Krohn Racing Ford Proto-Auto Lola of car owner/ qualifying driver Tracy W. Krohn and teammate Nic Jonsson finished 11th in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series' Porsche 250 race at Barber Motorsports Park on April 10. Krohn started from the 13th position on the grid and pitted on Lap 12 after an off-road excursion. Fresh tires, fuel and a new nose carried him until lap 58, when Jonsson took the wheel of the Roush Engines supplied Ford V-8-powered Prototype car and drove it to the checkered flag on Lap 108.

TRACY W. KROHN, Team Owner/Driver, Krohn Racing:

"I made a couple of mistakes out there that were self-induced. I got a little bit impatient at the start of the race as I started up through Turn 13. Then there was so much pick-up on the tires that the car was vibrating so bad it was just really hard to control. We did a spin going through Turns 9-10 and put it into the wall there, but not hard. It seemed like it took forever to hit that wall. But other than that, the car was good.

Once I got back out of the track I was driving just fine. The car was good. You had to be very careful out there with going offline because when you do that you get so much crap on the tires it really makes a difference in how the car performs. Nic did a great job getting us back up into 11thplace, which is where we finished. It could have been worse and it could have been better. We finished higher than we started so that was okay."

NIC JONSSON, Driver, No. 75 Krohn Racing Ford Proto-Auto Lola:

"We were struggling a little bit on Thursday with the set-up on the car. So the engineers, myself and Tracy sat down and talked it through. I think we actually found a very good set-up on the car. The car was definitely a Top 3 car today. At the restart, I was lined up second in line and I was pulling away together with Pruett. Third, fourth, fifth place couldn't stay with me but Race Control told me I had to back off and let them by but I don't know why I had to back off until they caught up with me but that's the game.

Unfortunately Tracy had a little bit of a mishap there at the beginning of the race and put us a couple of laps back. But Tracy did a very good job today as well. As soon as he got that behind us he started working hard and kept a very good pace out there. He was within a second and a half or two seconds off the leaders. That's all we needed to do. If we have a car like this more this year, I think we can run for the podium a few races this year. So I'm very pleased with the Proto-Auto Lola and the Krohn Racing team has done a fantastic job."

DAVID BROWN, Krohn Racing Team Manager and Engineer:

"We had a good car in the race. Undoubtedly we had a car that could run right at the front of the race. Unfortunately an incident fairly early in the race put us three laps down. But the team recovered well and so did Tracy to continue running and then do very competitive lap times until we pulled him out of the car at the last pit stop and put Nic in. Tracy did 58 laps (out of 108) in the race. Again, the car is very fast around Barber Motorsports Park. We look forward very much to the opportunity to demonstrate the pace of the car at VIR in two weeks time."

Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas won their second Grand-Am Rolex race of the season in the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing TELMEX BMW Riley.

The next Grand-Am race will be the Bosch Engineering 250 race on Saturday, April 24 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia.

-source: krohn racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Memo Rojas , Chip Ganassi , Nic Jonsson
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Krohn Racing