Krohn Racing/TRG Finishes Fifth and Sixth in DP at Mid-Ohio Lexington, Ohio -- Krohn Racing/TRG drivers Bergmeister and Max Papis finished fifth in today's running of the Grand American Rolex Series EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar...
Krohn Racing/TRG Finishes Fifth and Sixth in DP at Mid-Ohio
Lexington, Ohio -- Krohn Racing/TRG drivers Bergmeister and Max Papis finished fifth in today's running of the Grand American Rolex Series EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course. Teammates Tracy Krohn and Nic Jonsson followed close behind to come home sixth.
Bergmeister started the number 66/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley from his second row qualifying position. The German ran consistently in top the four for his entire stint. He turned over to teammate Max Papis on lap 37 under caution. When Papis returned to the track and the race restarted, he noticed the ice box that holds the ice for the cool suit was loose. The box then came completely off its mount and ice and water splashed about the cabin. Papis was able to remove the unit and jettison it out the door. Once rid of the distraction, he was able to finish in fifth.
Tracy Krohn started the number 67/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley and moved up steadily from the back of the field. The Texan was relegated there as a result of an engine change following qualifying. He turned the car over to Nic Jonsson on lap 16 where he began his race through the field. On lap 43 he took the lead. He led 17 laps before he was summoned to the pits by the Grand Am Officials for smoke coming from the back of the car. The crew could not find anything amiss and he returned to the fight to finish in sixth.
Bergmeister, #66/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley: "The car was really good my whole stint. I had the second fastest race lap and was able to run consistent lap times. The cool box coming loose for Max was tough. He really had his hands full. Fifth is alright today."
Max Papis, #66/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley: "The cool box broke loose on me. It was tough, the water is splashing around and there is 15 lbs. of ice in the car and all over you. I had to finally get a hold of it, open the door and throw it out. I was able to do this under a caution. It is a shame because we were in contention and had played the strategy just right."
Tracy Krohn, #67/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley: "We had the fastest car today. My stint was pretty good, the cautions at the beginning made it difficult to get a rhythm. It was a tough call by the officials, but with the fire yesterday in the Sun Trust car I can see them wanting to be cautious. The car would smoke when it was going through the right hand turns. We are not sure if it was a tire rubbing or slight fluid leak. I may not like the call, but I understand it."
Nic Jonsson, #67/Krohn Racing TRG/Pontiac Riley: "The car was very fast. I could run consistent mid 22-second lap times without much effort. I had no idea why I was being called into the pits. I could not tell that anything was wrong with the car, all of the gauges were correct. When that happens it is easy to get upset, but I had to put my head down and make-up ground. Sixth was as good as we could do today."
Kevin Buckler, team co-owner: "It was great to see Tracy and Nic leading for so much of the race in the #67 car, I'm so proud of those two guys. We were called into the pits for an inspection by the Grand-Am officials, because they said the car was smoking and leaking oil on the track. We couldn't see it on the front straight or on our telemetry system, and it was disappointing because that time in the pits may have cost us the win. In the end though, it was the right call for the officials to make. Both the #66 and #67 cars fought hard and raced to the end, and a fifth and sixth place finish is pretty good."
Round eleven of the Grand American Rolex Series will be run at Phoenix International Raceway on September 10th.