Krohn Racing Preview for the New Jersey Grand-Am Race Krohn Racing joins the other Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series' teams in Millville, New Jersey this week for the penultimate race of the 2008 Grand-Am season, the inaugural Supercar Life 250...
Krohn Racing Preview for the New Jersey Grand-Am Race
Krohn Racing joins the other Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series' teams in Millville, New Jersey this week for the penultimate race of the 2008 Grand-Am season, the inaugural Supercar Life 250 at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Round 13 of 14 will feature Krohn Racing team owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn paired with veteran sports car driver Eric van de Poele in the No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola. The No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola combines Nic Jonsson and former Formula One ace Ricardo Zonta piloting the 500-horsepower Pontiac-powered Proto-Auto Lola.
Tracy W. Krohn, team owner/driver, No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola:
You are going to a new track in New Jersey for the first time with Grand-Am. Tell us about your thoughts and plans. "Yes, it's a new track at New Jersey. No one has really seen it yet. Probably Eric will get out on the track for the first couple of sessions and I'll drive the next day. I've seen video of the track. It looks like it's got a lot of dirt around it kind of like Laguna Seca in a way. I can't really tell about the relief on the track but from what I've seen, it looks like it's going to be sandy and dirty and maybe a little bit slippery, particularly since there won't be a whole lot of rubber down. We'll see what it turns out to be. It's always fun to go to a new place."
Two more races left this season. Share your thoughts about closing out the 2008 soon and moving into 2009.
"We've got two races left in the year. We've had some Top Five finishes and a couple of podium finishes this year, but we're not really where we wanted to be. Again, some of it has been 'Lady Luck' and some of it has been the fact that we've had to do some development on the car. The car is still being developed. I think that you'll see a real positive finish for the end of the year. Probably, I would hope a podium finish over the next two races. It certainly has that capability. Other teams have come on strong as well. We've all gotten better during the year. As far as going into next year, we've got some work to do to get it exactly where we want it. But I think that the next two races and the break in between seasons you'll see a much better, stronger car."
Eric van de Poele, driver, No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola: You are going to a new track this week in New Jersey...please share your thoughts.
"I always enjoy going to new tracks and also to add to my list of circuits of nearly 90 in my career so far. It will be fun to learn another new track in the U.S. and it will be the same for all the competitors. We will all be learning the nuances of this circuit and trying our best to put together a good set-up for the car in the shortest amount of time. I believe very much in the Krohn Racing team and they can do this and do it well. I am quite impressed with what the team has developed with the new car so far. Every single race it gets better!"
What are your thoughts going in to the penultimate race of the season? "Everyone is working very hard to develop the new Proto-Auto Lola. I would really like to have a Top Five finish for Tracy and me this year, and possibly a podium. This is my wish for Tracy and the team and what we are striving to do. We will continue to work hard and see if we can achieve this...perhaps this weekend in New Jersey."
Nic Jonsson, driver, No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola: You are going to a new track this week in New Jersey...please share your thoughts.
"Obviously New Jersey is a brand new race track. It's a very nice development up there. I also know for a fact, because I went testing there with Kinetics, that the track is very hard on tires. That will probably work in our favor because it seems the Proto-Auto Lola is very good on tires wear."
What are your thoughts going in to the penultimate race of the season?
"It's the second to the last race of the year and I think we've been making progress all year long. Hopefully the last couple of races we can at least have a good finish of the year....and have a good championship finish, at least in the Top Five, if not better. I'm very excited to go there and see a new race track and see what we can do because nobody has been there before and that really levels the playing field."
Ricardo has had to learn new tracks all year. With everyone going to a new track this round, does that favor you more?
"I do believe that Ricardo and I have it down pretty good when it comes to learning a new track. He's been learning new tracks all year and is very fast in about ten laps or so. I think there will be other people that will struggle more than us to learn the race track and get up to speed. Hopefully that will play in our favor as well. We have to go to New Jersey and see if we can get the Proto-Auto Lola to work up there. I think the downforce level should also be pretty high from what I've seen on the data. We'll go up there and hopefully have a good finish again."
Ricardo Zonta, driver, No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola:
The New Jersey track is new for everyone. What do you think that will bring for you and the Krohn team?
"I don't know that much about the New Jersey track. It's a mix of fast corners and slow corners and long corners too. It will be good for me to go a little bit earlier to learn the track on Wednesday or Thursday and we'll see."
How are you feeling as you go into the last two races of the year?
"I think our engineers and data people are prepared to do a good job. We are one of the teams more prepared for that and I think it looks good at this point. In my view, I need to work hard and try to find the speed in the car to win a race. It would be very nice to finish the championship with a win."
David Brown, Team Manager, Krohn Racing: You've got a new track to face this week. What are your plans going in to the race?
"Yes, we're going to be challenging a new track. We like to think we can get the set-up tuned in reasonably quickly, especially when you've got such talented drivers as we've got in both cars. It's a great asset when you go to a new track. We'll be doing two 45-minute sessions on Thursday with an aim to picking a set-up direction that we'll follow for the rest of the weekend."