Mexico City: Krohn Racing race report

Krohn Racing Captured First Podiumin Mexico City 250 Krohn Racing captured their first podium finish of the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series at the Mexico City 250 at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Saturday, April 19. Starting driver...

Krohn Racing Captured First Podiumin Mexico City 250

Krohn Racing captured their first podium finish of the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series at the Mexico City 250 at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Saturday, April 19. Starting driver Nic Jonsson and teammate Ricardo Zonta finished third in the No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola in the 100-lap sprint race at the 2.5-mile, 14-turn circuit in downtown Mexico City.

Team owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn and Eric van de Poele finished in the 10th position in the No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola. It was only the second race for the two new Proto-Auto Lolas. This is the team's third podium finish at the Mexican circuit in as many races, having finished second in both the 2006 and 2007 Grand-Am races.

Marc Goossens and Jim Matthews won the third round of the 2008 Rolex Sports Car Series in the Riley-Matthews Pontiac Riley. Scott Pruett and Mexican fan favorite, Memo Rojas, finished second in the TELMEX/Chip Ganassi Lexus Riley.The

Krohn Racing team started the 2008 season with a fourth place finish at the Daytona 24 Hours and 11th in class at the Homestead sprint with the No. 76 entry. The No. 75 entry finished seventh at Daytona and 12th in class at Homestead. The Homestead race was the debut of the Proto-Auto Lola in Grand-Am competition. The team ran Pontiac Rileys in the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Tracy W. Krohn, team owner/driver, No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola: "It was just a fun race to watch. Coming out here with a first-year car and getting on the podium the third race of the season and second with the new car is just great news. We were down a little bit on straight-line speed so hopefully we'll work on that a little bit. Nic and Ricardo just did an awesome job. Eric also drove a great race. We were down a little bit on straight-line speed in our car as well. He had a little bit of bad luck on a couple of restarts but he did spectacular. It was a great race and we're excited to finish in the Top 10. It was a great day for Krohn Racing."

Nic Jonsson, driver, No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola: "Obviously it is fantastic to finish on the podium the second time out with the brand new Proto-Auto Lola. We've made a lot of progress every time the car is out. I think we have proven that now. I think we had a very good car, even in Homestead. We ran in the Top 3 as well. It's not a big surprise. It's a good result so thanks to the whole Krohn team and obviously Ricardo did an awesome job. It's looking very promising for the future.

We want to congratulate Jim (Matthews) and Marc (Goossens) and Scott (Pruett) and Memo (Rojas). It is always great to come here to Mexico and the fans are fantastic. The TELMEX team is a big part of that draw."

Ricardo Zonta, driver, No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola: "It was a really good finish. The only problem was on the restart we lost a little bit because of the speed on the straights and also the cold tires. The first two laps the tires were maybe too cold or low pressure. It made it quite difficult to hold the position. I'm very happy to finish third. I think our car was quicker over the corners but we couldn't overtake the cars on the straights. I'm very happy and I think Nic did a very good job as well. It is good for the team and for our points for the season as well."

Eric van de Poele, driver, No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola: "I enjoyed the race very much because I stayed on the lead lap and was fighting with Antonio Garcia, so it was very nice. The car had a really good set-up. We still need a little bit of speed but we are racing better and better every time. I hope the tenth position is just the beginning of the season. Soon we are going to catch the front. I am so happy for the other car (the No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley of Nic Jonsson and Ricardo Zonta). For the team it is really fantastic, as well as for the new Lola and for everyone. The key of the race was that Tracy kept the pace and stayed on the lead lap, which was fantastic. Tracy drove a perfect race again, just like he did in all the races we've done together this year -- at Daytona and Homestead, and also with the Ferrari at Sebring. He drove perfectly. I'm very happy."

JRicardo Zonta, driver, No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola: "It was a really good finish. The only problem was on the restart we lost a little bit because of the speed on the straights and also the cold tires. The first two laps the tires were maybe too cold or low pressure. It made it quite difficult to hold the position. I'm very happy to finish third. I think our car was quicker over the corners but we couldn't overtake the cars on the straights. I'm very happy and I think Nic did a very good job as well. It is good for the team and for our points for the season as well."

David Brown, Team Manager, Krohn Racing: "The whole team did a very good job today -- both crew and drivers. The car performed very well, as we expected it might have done in the race. We're disappointed to not have won, of course. But we did not quite have the legs down the straight to take the 01 car, but we were quicker everywhere else. Tracy's car finished in the Top 10, which is a great result for him. He actually stopped and gave the car to Eric on the lead lap, so he had a good stint. I think the team did a great job."

Jeff Hazell, Proto-Auto Lola: "The finish is mildly encouraging because I said previously to wait until the end of April and we still have another race to go to get a real feeling for the car. It certainly looked like it had the speed of all the front-running cars and it looked like the tires were in good condition all the way until the end. There were three very experienced drivers in the Top 3 and they all knew they couldn't make a pass. But I noticed that every time we dropped back in traffic, we were able to catch up. That was encouraging. Also Tracy and Nic's car had an excellent race set-up and they liked the car. Reliability was 100%. We will just keep our heads down and keep working on it."

-credit: kr

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