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Krohn Racing/TRG Well Practiced for Barber Weekend Petaluma, California -- Krohn Racing/TRG is well practiced for the Barber Motorsport Park Grand American Rolex Series weekend. The team ran a day of testing at the Alabama track in June in ...

Krohn Racing/TRG Well Practiced for Barber Weekend

Petaluma, California -- Krohn Racing/TRG is well practiced for the Barber Motorsport Park Grand American Rolex Series weekend. The team ran a day of testing at the Alabama track in June in preparation for next weekend's Porsche 250 Presented by Bradley Arant. Nic Jonsson and Tracy Krohn will drive the number 67/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac/Riley, with Jorg Bergmeister and Christian Fittipaldi behind the wheel of the number 66 car.

Coming off of another podium finish at Daytona four weeks ago, the team is getting used to running at the front of the Daytona Prototype field. Christian Fittipaldi and Jorg Bergmeister will be going after the third consecutive podium finish for the number 66/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac/Riley.

The team had the opportunity to test at the 2.3-mile, 16-turn Barber track in June. "We tried a couple of different set-ups on the car. Nothing really magic, but we for sure learned what not to do," said Fittipaldi. "I think the test was productive in the sense that we know what to expect from the tiresthat are completely different to last year. I feel very confident and definitely have a car to challenge for the pole and win. The facility is first class, really awesome! The track is very smooth and challenging because you have all kinds of corners. If I could change something, I would make the straights a little longer, but this will just make for tighter racing for the fans."

Jorg Bergmeister will run the Barber circuit for the first time next week. "At a new circuit I like to walk or drive around the track and try to get an idea for the line. I at least want an idea of where the turns go before I get in the car in traffic. Christian tested there last month, so the base setup on the car should be good and we can just make the minor adjustments for the current track and weather conditions. I will also study the data from the test and of course get all of the information that Christian has on the track, we will be fine. By the time we get to the race I will have plenty of miles by then.

Team owner and driver Tracy Krohn - teamed with Nic Jonsson in the 67/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac/Riley - had the opportunity to put the car through its paces last month as well. "It was a good opportunity to get used to the track in the DP and further understand a very technical layout," said Tracy Krohn. Although I have raced there before, it was in the street stock series. The track is very narrow, so expect lots of yellow flags. Much of this race will be about patience. Passing zones are very few so there could be some real aggression toward the end of the race. I would not be surprised to see this race finish under yellow. This team is on a roll, but not just because of the victory at Watkins Glen. We have consistently had fast cars. Unfortunately, we have also had some overly aggressive drivers run into the back of both cars at Laguna Seca and Mont Tremblant. The stats on the team should be much better than they are now. Barber will be an interesting test because of the technical nature of the track and also the heat of summer in Alabama."

"At the test we learned that we have to approach the setup in a little different way than in the past, because of the new tires," said Nic Jonsson. "The rear has a lot of grip and the fronts, not so much. We have to compromise the rear downforce to get grip up front. Barber has some semi-fast sweepers so you need the air to work for you and translate that into keeping the car on the track. We have been running at the front a lot more lately because of the excellent preparation by the team and Tracy and I understanding these cars better. We have been cautious with tire management. Tire wear is significant so you have to adjust your driving style and race strategy accordingly. We got the cars late, just before Daytona, so we are catching up quickly and things are going are well."

In the Daytona Prototype driver's points battle, Bergmeister is currently in fourth; Jonsson is in eighth with Tracy Krohn holding down ninth position after seven races.

Round eight of the Grand American Rolex Series will be televised live beginning at 1:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, July 31st on the Speed Channel.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Christian Fittipaldi , Jörg Bergmeister , Tracy Krohn , Nic Jonsson
Teams Krohn Racing