Phoenix: Krohn Racing/TRG DP race report

Krohn Racing/TRG Wins Phoenix TRG Makes History Sweeping the Weekend, Winning DP and GT Phoenix, Arizona -- Krohn Racing/TRG drivers Christian Fittipaldi and Jorg Bergmeister overcame early race adversity to win the Grand American Rolex Series...

Krohn Racing/TRG Wins Phoenix
TRG Makes History Sweeping the Weekend, Winning DP and GT

Phoenix, Arizona -- Krohn Racing/TRG drivers Christian Fittipaldi and Jorg Bergmeister overcame early race adversity to win the Grand American Rolex Series Phoenix 250 this evening. Teammates Max Papis and Nic Jonsson retired early with engine woes.

TRG and Krohn Racing/TRG made the record books by becoming the first team in Grand American history to win both the GT and Daytona Prototype classes on the same weekend.

Starting from his sixth place qualifying position, Jorg Bergmeister went into turn one at the start and had contact resulting in the nose of the number 66/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley being torn off. The German had to pit on lap two for a replacement. He returned to the fight in seventeenth place. With his work cutout, Bergmeister fought back to ninth place to hand over to co-driver Christian Fittipaldi on lap 61.

Once the pit stops cycled through, the Brazilian found himself in fourth place. The team decided to pit Christian again, under yellow, only 14 laps later to top off the tank and put on a new set of Hoosier tires. He returned in seventh place and began his march to the front. With the help of some rough driving in front of him Fittipaldi took the lead on lap 124 and began to walk away from the field to post the second victory for the team and the first for the number 66 car.

The number 67 Krohn Racing/TRG car had a difficult race. Max Papis started the car from his fourth place qualifying position and on lap ten reported an engine miss. On lap 61 he pitted for a new nose and turned the car over to Nic onsson. The team attempted to fix the miss. Jonsson returned to the race only have to retire five laps later with a fire in the engine bay.

The team will donate the winnings for the race to the The Red Cross in the name of Krohn Racing/TRG in support of Hurricane Katrina relief.

Christian Fittipaldi, #66/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley: "Everyone was trying to win the race on the restarts. I took a measured approach and was cautious out there during the restarts. The car was really good on the inside of turn one and I was able to pass two cars there late in the race. I was able to run low 58-second lap times but backed off with about 10 to go to bring it home. Everyone was loose out there, but my car was fast that way."

Jorg Bergmeister, #66/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley: "When I went into turn one at the start, someone tried to push me into the curb and then came across my nose and took it off. I had to pit and the team did a good job to replace it and get me out without loosing a lap. I was able to come back and turn it over to Christian in P5. Christian did a great job to avoid the trouble and keep the car under him to the finish. The race really came back to us."

Max Papis, #67/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley: "The car started missing down the straight 15 laps into the race. I had a back marker move down on me and put a big hole in my nose and we had to pit and replace it. With the engine down on power it was hard to be competitive and make moves on this tight track. I am glad that Nic was able to get out ok when we the engine compartment fire."

Nic Jonsson, #67/Krohn Racing TRG/Pontiac Riley: "The engine was down two-cylinders when I got in, but with a lot of cars going out we wanted to keep going. I was in the braking zone of the hairpin when I saw flames come into the cockpit. I got out as fast I could, it was reminiscent of Daytona."

Kevin Buckler, team co-owner: "A great effort by the 66 guys. We had some diversity early, but were able to preserver and take the win. We had a meeting before the race and wanted to win it for Tracy. We will be forwarding our winnings to the Red Cross in the name of Hurricane Katrina relief. The 67 car had a tough day. TRG ruled the weekend in both GT and DP, a dream come true."

The Grand American Rolex Series will return to Watkins Glen International for round twelve on September 24th.

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