Mexico City: Krohn Racing/TRG preview

Krohn Racing/TRG Heads for the Border Petaluma, Calif. -- Krohn Racing/TRG will make the trek south of border to compete in the final round of the Grand American Rolex Series race to be held at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City ...

Krohn Racing/TRG Heads for the Border

Petaluma, Calif. -- Krohn Racing/TRG will make the trek south of border to compete in the final round of the Grand American Rolex Series race to be held at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City on November 5th.

The circuit has a rich history that includes Formula 1, Champ Car and most recently Busch Grand National. The 2.786-mile, 16-turn circuit will be uncharted territory for the Krohn Racing drivers. Unlike the Busch layout, the circuit includes the famous route through the baseball stadium.

Jorg Bergmeister and Max Papis, driving the number 66/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley, will be looking to cap the season with a victory together. Bergmeister and Christian Fittipaldi posted a victory at Phoenix, but Papis wants his.

Teammates Nic Jonsson and Tracy Krohn, behind the wheel of the number 67/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley, are keen to also add another victory to their season resume. They crossed the finish line first at Watkins Glen in June.

Both cars have shown that they have the ability to run at the front. Each race since the June event at The Glen at least one of the Krohn Racing/TRG Daytona Prototypes has led laps, confirming them as one of the most potent team in the series.

The one statistic that has eluded the team is a pole position in the DP category. Jorg Bergmeister has come up one place short three times, with three second place qualifying efforts at Laguna Seca and twice at Watkins Glen.

Jorg Bergmeister, #66/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley: "The track layout looks fast and interesting. Driving through a baseball stadium filled with fans will be great! It looks like there are at least four or five good passing zones. I will study the layout and see if any of our Champ Car mechanics have data that they can share about the circuit."

Max Papis, #66/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley: "I remember watching Formula 1 and Champ Car there over the years. The first thing you notice is the great crowd and their enthusiasm for racing. Grand Am has picked a perfect venue for their first international event. The track layout looks very competitive, the team that tunes their car the best and figures it out first will do well. I don't think that anyone in the series has ever raced at the track. I want to win a race this year and there is one more chance to that in Mexico."

Tracy Krohn, #67/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley: "I am a blank slate on this circuit. I have never seen it. I have not talked to anyone that has raced there about the circuit! I am looking forward to a large turnout. These fans will get to see world class racing in an ultra competitive series. We get to compete in yet another international venue. Next time we are in Mexico City, I hope there are double the number of fans!"

Nic Jonsson, #67/Krohn Racing TRG/Pontiac Riley: "I have talked with Champ Car drivers about the circuit. They have said that it is smooth and fast, the kind of track I like. They also then tell you about how crazed the fans are about racing and that it is a great event. We will approach it like we do all of the tracks, calculated and expecting to do well."

Kevin Buckler, team co-owner: "With our driver lineup a new circuit will be no problem. We have already done the modeling for the gearing and studied the layout. The team will be on top of the track when we unload in two weeks. It is going to be a great weekend and we will be looking to finish the season on the podium, hopefully the top step."

The final round of the Grand American Rolex Series will be run on November 5th and televised live on the Speed Channel starting at 4:00 p.m. EST from Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Max Papis , Christian Fittipaldi , Kevin Buckler , Jörg Bergmeister , Tracy Krohn , Nic Jonsson
Teams Krohn Racing