Laguna Seca: Krohn/TRG qualifying report

front row! Krohn Racing/TRG will start Sunday's Rolex Sports Car Series race at Laguna Seca Raceway from the front row. Jorg Bergmeister returned from an uncharacteristic off-course excursion on Friday to qualify the No. 66 Pontiac-powered ...

front row!

Krohn Racing/TRG will start Sunday's Rolex Sports Car Series race at Laguna Seca Raceway from the front row. Jorg Bergmeister returned from an uncharacteristic off-course excursion on Friday to qualify the No. 66 Pontiac-powered Riley Mk XI second on the 52-car grid. His lap of in one minute 24.466 seconds on the 2.238-mile road course was less than one-tenth of a second behind the pole position.

"It was definitely much better than yesterday!" he said. "It was kind of a gamble today for qualifying because we weren't able to do the qualifying setup yesterday. The car was running really good -- the whole team did an excellent job on that. I'm really happy that I could make up a little bit for yesterday."

CART vs prototype

Max Papis, who drives the No. 66 Pontiac-Riley with Jorg Bergmeister, won the 2001 CART Championship Series race at Laguna Seca. He noted the differences between his CART car and the Krohn/TRG Daytona Prototype.

"It's a completely different feeling when you drive an Indy car compared to the prototype car because the Indy car has so much more downforce. It makes some of the corners that much faster," he noted. "In the prototype, there's a lot more sliding and a lot more being on the edge, especially in medium-speed corners."

rookie results

Nic Jonsson and Tracy Krohn have enjoyed two top-five finishes in three races this year, driving the No. 67 Pontiac-Riley. Jonsson is encouraged by the rookie team's progress.

"It's still early in the season and we've only done one real test day. The teams that are beating us have been in the series for one or two more years; we're a brand-new operation," he said. "I feel very confident for the future, that we'll be a contender for winning races sooner rather than later this year."

-kr/trg-

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Series Grand-Am
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