Team Effort Moves Krohn Racing Into Top 10 from Back of Grid DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., January 28, 2006 -- Nine hours into the 44th Annual Rolex 24 At Daytona, Krohn Racing currently runs ninth, five laps down to the leader, after starting 31st in...
Team Effort Moves Krohn Racing Into Top 10 from Back of Grid
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., January 28, 2006 -- Nine hours into the 44th Annual Rolex 24 At Daytona, Krohn Racing currently runs ninth, five laps down to the leader, after starting 31st in the Daytona Prototype (DP) class of the Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve. To this point the No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac-Riley has covered 264 laps, 940 miles, in the first quarter of the race. In that time it has overcome great adversity to move 22 spots up through the field. Not only was the Houston, Texas-based team forced to start last on the DP grid after forgoing both qualifying sessions for today's event, but they faced an early race engine vibration, a rear-end vibration, low fuel pressure and low oil pressure concerns and a radio problem. Despite it all, drivers Tracy Krohn (Houston), Jörg Bergmeister (Langenfeld, Germany), Colin Braun (Ovalo, Texas) and Nic Jönsson (Buford, Ga.) have battled towards the front and have kept the nose of the green and blue machine clean in the early going of the event.
Krohn was the first behind the wheel of the No. 75 Riley and immediately began to make a move to the front. He would relinquish the car to Jönsson in the 27th position. Jönsson would be the first to encounter difficulty in his stint reporting an engine vibration. At the midpoint of his stint, the Swedish-born driver reported it had become worse but he was still able to move to 24th. Bergmeister then inherited the vibration, an oversteering race car and had a low fuel pressure problem rear its head. Yet, the 2003 winner of the Rolex 24 moved to 20th. Braun would be the final driver in the car holding on to 20th position despite a mid-stint stop for fuel to attempt to remedy the fuel pressure problem.
Through teamwork, the Jeff Hazell-managed team overcame most of the problems. The fuel pressure concerns were alleviated by switching to the reserve fuel pump during Braun's first stint when topping the tank did not cure the woe. The low oil pressure problem is being remedied by adding oil during pit stops when needed. Setup changes have decreased the oversteer concern. The radio was addressed during a pit stop and the rear-end vibration, suffered during Jönsson's second stint, was cured with new tires. Only the engine vibration remains. However, it is a constant and does not seem to be getting worse. The drivers began to double stint with Krohn's second trip behind the wheel and will continue to do so throughout the night.
Jörg Bergmeister: "The car is having some problems but the team is overcoming them. It is not easy but there is still a lot of the race to go. It is early. We'll see how we go through the night."
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