Krohn Racing/TRG Qualifies Fourth and Sixth at Phoenix Phoenix, Arizona -- Krohn Racing/TRG driver Max Papis jumped off of a plane into the seat of the number 67/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley and drove his first laps of the weekend in...
Krohn Racing/TRG Qualifies Fourth and Sixth at Phoenix
Phoenix, Arizona -- Krohn Racing/TRG driver Max Papis jumped off of a plane into the seat of the number 67/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley and drove his first laps of the weekend in qualifying to post a fourth place starting position for tomorrow's Grand American Rolex Series Phoenix 250. Teammate J0x00f6rg Bergmeister will start behind Papis in sixth.
Last evening Max Papis was behind the wheel of his IROC racer at Richmond International Raceway going in circles. Flying to Phoenix today, the Italian qualified the car to get some laps in before tomorrow evening's race. Remembering to turn a little harder into turn one Papis posted a time of 58.029 seconds that will see him start from the second row.
"Not too bad for only doing eight laps," said Papis. "I turned my first laps of the weekend in qualifying, but Nic J0x00f6nsson and our engineer Steve Newey did a great job yesterday of setting up the car. It was really good. The focus has been on having a good race car as opposed to flat out speed for qualifying. Yesterday I was at Richmond going in circles and Phoenix is a similar track, but I have to drive through the infield as opposed to parking there."
Teammate J0x00f6rg Bergmeister in the number 66 car will start directly behind his teammate after posting time of 58.168. The German, together with teammate Christian Fittipaldi has been working on the set up of the car with a focus on the race.
"As a driver you always want to sit on the pole, but it was not to be today" said Bergmeister. "The car has a lot of understeer which translates into leaving a lot of speed out there on the oval section. We need to work on getting the power down a little better for the race tomorrow. The track does not have a lot of grip, especially in the infield. The team that figures out how to get a little more grip than the rest will have a good night tomorrow."
The Phoenix event will see the GT and the Daytona Prototypes run solo events on consecutive evenings. The tight layout of the 1.51-mile and 11-turn track will see 21 Daytona Prototypes battle for top honors without the added drama of GT traffic.
"Max did a great job, maybe practice is overrated," sniped team co-owner Kevin Buckler. "J0x00f6rg and Christian are struggling a little with grip, we have some things to look at for tomorrow. Both cars will start at the front of the field and we are looking to be very competitive. We all miss Tracy and hope to bring one home for him in the race."
Round eleven of the Grand American Rolex Series will be run at Phoenix International Raceway on Friday, September 9th for GT and Saturday, September 10th at 7:00 p.m. for the Daytona Prototypes. The races will be televised on the Speed Channel at on Friday starting at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday for the DPs starting at 7:00 p.m. EST.