The U.S. Sports Car Invitational race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California was a nail-biter to the finish. Seven cautions for thirty laps, nearly one-third of the race, including the final lap, was the name of the game in this...
The U.S. Sports Car Invitational race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California was a nail-biter to the finish. Seven cautions for thirty laps, nearly one-third of the race, including the final lap, was the name of the game in this round five of 14 races
The No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley finished eighth overall with qualifying driver Max Papis and co-driver Colin Braun, who had to start from the rear of the field after a post-qualifying penalty for the car being too wide. Team owner/driver Tracy Krohn and co-driver Nic Jonsson started the No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley from the 14th position and finished 13th overall in today's 91-lap/two and three-quarter hour race. Colin Braun set the fastest lap of the race, a 1:21.190, on lap 77.
The No. 23 Alex Job Racing Porsche of Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long became the fifth different Grand-Am Daytona Prototype winner this season. Runner-up was the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Lexus Riley of points leader Scott Pruett and teammate Memo Rojas and third was the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Lexus Riley of Oswaldo Negri and Mark Patterson.
Tracy W. Krohn, team owner/driver, No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley:
"There was a lot of contact in today's race and a lot of debris on the track. Every single lap the track was different. We had some things that went wrong, but it came out okay despite it.
I enjoyed driving with Wayne (Taylor in the Koni Challenge GS race) as well. He smiled the whole time. Wayne literally drove the wheels off the car...the front wheel actually came off!
We gained a little on the points. It was not the desired results, but we are looking forward to going to Watkins Glen. We won at Watkins Glen the last two years so we'll be looking for a three-peat."
Nic Jonsson, driver, No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley:
"We were catching Max (Papis) & (Bill) Auberlen but I got a little too worked up trying to catch them too fast. We were able to finish on the lead lap, despite a few incidents we had. We had to do a drive through (penalty) for exceeding pit lane speed coming out of the pits. I was racing behind Ian (James) and he braked and I had no chance to stop, no where to go, so I touched him. There was no damage but I got stuck in the gravel trap and we lost a lap there. Then Tracy had a quick spin the corkscrew, but no big deal. We finished on the lead lap and I think we're now 13th in the Driver's point standings and 14th in the Team point standings.
Racing in the three races in two cities (the ALMS race at Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City on Saturday evening and the Koni Challenge GS and Daytona Prototype races on Sunday at Laguna Seca.) was no problem. It was actually easier than I thought it was going to be. The doctor helped to keep me hydrated and healthy and I didn't have any problems at all.
We finished fourth in the No. 61 Risi Competizione Ferrari 430GT in the ALMS race. Other than one long pit stop with a small problem, all-in-all it was a good race.
Max Papis, driver, No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley:
"The Krohn Racing car was awesome. The Pontiac engine was definitely great today. I guess that Bill Auberlen decided to just hit everybody today. I gave him plenty of room. He was faster than me because my rear tires were almost gone and I only had two laps to go to finish my stint. The guy just decided to run into the back of our car. It's really disappointing because when you're fighting and working hard all day to get the car back to the front, to have that happen was very disappointing. I know that's racing but I was not expecting that from him. Overall we had it covered pretty well today and we keep chipping away at the championship, so at the end it was a good day."
Colin Braun, driver, No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley:
"It was a fun race. We had the quickest car at the end. We set the quickest race lap a couple of times, so it was good. The race was definitely a rough race, but still fun. Grand-Am told us side-to-side contact was okay, and many drivers did just that. Anytime you tried to make a pass, you could put your side into it. We got pretty close a few times but I think the car survived for the most part. It is good to be back in third in the points, especially after a rough race like that. We'll just continue to work towards the championship each race this season."
Jeff Hazell, Krohn Racing Team Manager:
"We had a difficult weekend. We had a little problem after qualifying and our time was disallowed. Max did a good job. Colin did a good job. Really both drivers did very well. It was rough and tumble out there because it is so hard to pass. We were able to close the gap in points. We're pleased with that. If we can close the gap with a couple of points each race, we'll make some progress towards the championship."
The Krohn Racing team moved back into third in the Daytona Prototype points chase with the No. 75 entry after five of 14 races this season. Papis and Braun have two podium finishes, a second-place at both VIR and Mexico City. Braun also captured the pole at both those races. Krohn and Jonsson have two Top 10 finishes so far this year.
The next race, Round 6 of 14, will be the Sahlen's 6 Hours at The Glen at Watkins Glen International on June 8-9, 2007. The race will be televised live on Sunday, June 9th, on SPEED TV in two parts, one at 11:00 a.m. and the second broadcast beginning at 2:30 p.m. ET.