In the past six hours, at the halfway point of the Rolex 24 At Daytona race, 365 laps were covered, amounting to 1,299.4 miles. There have been 36 lead changes among 13 drivers/13 cars. Eleven caution periods have caused the 48th annual running of...
In the past six hours, at the halfway point of the Rolex 24 At Daytona race, 365 laps were covered, amounting to 1,299.4 miles. There have been 36 lead changes among 13 drivers/13 cars. Eleven caution periods have caused the 48th annual running of the twice-around-the-clock endurance race to become a very strange race indeed.
No. 75 Krohn Racing Ford Proto-Auto Lola driver Ricardo Zonta again led the race, this time for 21 laps (Lap 281-301), during his second round of driving stint.
Just before the 9:30 p.m. (6-Hour) mark, Krohn Racing team owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn had exited the car for Colin Braun's first stint. Braun drove for two hours and 12 minutes and throughout two caution periods, before giving the reigns back to Zonta in fourth place. Zonta piloted the Ford-powered car for two hours and eight minutes. Nic Jonsson took over on Lap 301 at 1:40 a.m. Barely ten minutes later, Nic was hit by the No. 55 car and punted into the tire wall at Turn 5, where the car suffered damages that caused J0x00f6nsson to have to bring the popular green entry into the garage. Repairs included replacement of the right front upright, along with bodywork pieces, including the nose, and a nearly scheduled full brake pad change. New tires and fuel were also par for the course.
Colin Braun, driver of the No. 75 Krohn Racing Ford Proto-Auto Lola:
"For us, I think it was pretty uneventful, which is what we planned to do. We have a good car. It's not the super fastest car but it's really consistent. I feel we are going the same laps times every lap. It doesn't seem like we can go any faster no matter what we try and do. I think it's good for a 24-hour race. We need to keep on the lead lap, like we are doing, stay out of trouble and not put any scratches on it, which I think we accomplished in my stint. We'll see how it keeps going here."
Ricardo Zonta, starting driver of the No. 75 Krohn Racing Ford Proto-Auto Lola:
"The first part of my stint I had problems with oversteer on the car. It was really oversteering. For the next stint I chose to change just the rear tires to new tires and kept the used tires on the front. The balance was a lot better and I started to be one second quicker than my previous stint laps. So, the car improved a lot. I think it was quite good to be leading the race. It was good and motivating for everybody. I think it is too early to say anything because there is a lot to work yet until the end of the race."
Nic Jonsson, driver of the No. 75 Krohn Racing Ford Proto-Auto Lola:
"It was very unfortunate. I got out there on new tires, going pretty good and just cruising basically. Then the 55 car, which was 20-some laps down, decided he needed to get by me in Turn 5 and bombed on me. He used me as brakes, basically. I hit the right front suspension and broke that. We had to come in (to the garage) and sit for 13 laps and repair it. Obviously that takes us out of the contention for the win. That is very disappointing because I think we definitely had the car that could be a podium car, at the least, from a speed perspective. Unfortunately, we got hit so now we have to try to get as many points as possible for the season, I guess. I'm very disappointed but that's the way it goes."