gripping ride Krohn Racing/TRG driver Nic Jonsson posted the fourth-fastest time during the Friday afternoon practice session for Sunday's Rolex Sports Car Series race at Laguna Seca Raceway. Jonsson covered the 2.238-mile road course in one ...
Krohn Racing/TRG driver Nic Jonsson posted the fourth-fastest time during the Friday afternoon practice session for Sunday's Rolex Sports Car Series race at Laguna Seca Raceway. Jonsson covered the 2.238-mile road course in one minute 26.162 seconds in the No. 67 Pontiac-powered Riley Mk XI he drives with Tracy Krohn.
The pair warmed up on the track on Thursday, turning laps in a Lincoln Town Car rental vehicle. Krohn said it was beneficial to learn the track, but he prefers the race car!
"We started off driving in the rain and I thought that was low grip. It was really a battle," he said. "Once the [dry] afternoon came around, it felt like a lot of grip. Then I got in the Pontiac-Riley and it felt like even more grip. It just continues to get better for me. The conditions today have been very good and the car has gotten better with every session."
Jorg Bergmeister and Max Papis were less fortunate than their teammates on Friday. Bergmeister was working on car setup in the No. 66 Pontiac-Riley when he went off-course in a gravel bed at turn four. The excursion caused damage to the car's nose, radiator and carbon-fiber components, but the Krohn/TRG crew will be able to repair the car for practice and qualifying on Saturday.
"I had understeer, then I picked up an oversteer," Bergmeister explained. "I still had [control of] the car, but I had to run wide a little in the gravel. As soon as I hit the gravel, the car stopped immediately. It was my mistake. I'm sorry for the guys that they have to work more now. It was bad timing."