Utah: Krohn Racing qualifying report

Krohn Racing Qualified for First Pole of 2008 at Miller Motorsports Park in Pontiac Lola Ricardo Zonta, co-driving with Nic Jonsson in the No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola, qualified on the pole at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah for the...

Krohn Racing Qualified for First Pole of 2008 at Miller Motorsports Park in Pontiac Lola

Ricardo Zonta, co-driving with Nic Jonsson in the No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola, qualified on the pole at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah for the Grand-Am Rolex Series finale. He clocked a qualifying time of 2:35.664 and a speed of 103.747 mph for Saturday's race, the SunRichGourmet.com 1000K.

The pole was a first in the Grand-Am Rolex Series for Zonta, of Curitiba, Brazil, who joined the Krohn Racing team at the start of 2008, after seven years of competition in Formula One. It was also the first pole position for the new Proto-Auto Lola, which debuted in Grand-Am in March of 2008. Zonta and Jonsson have two podium finishes this season, both third-place, at Mexico City and the Daytona Brumos 250. Their previous highest qualifying position this season was third at Barber Motorsports Park in July.

Ricardo Zonta, qualifying driver, No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola:
"I'm very happy to get the pole, especially because it's the last race of the year. With all the good results and bad situations of this whole season, I think this pole position is the result of all the hard work from the team. The beginning of qualifying was very slippery because of the rain, a little bit of rain. On a few corners I had to use very heavy braking. Every lap was getting better and better. My last lap was perfect with no mistakes and the car was very good. I think we had a perfect car for that moment.

"The other cars are going to be strong on the straights in the race. We will have to hold them on the straights. I'm quite confident the balance of the car will be very good. I think we can keep nearly the same balance we had in qualifying for the race. We should be very strong.

"When I think about the Krohn team I feel like a family. I feel very close with the engineers, David Brown, Tracy, everybody. It's a very nice relationship. To be on the pole -- I look at it one way as being very positive for us. Everyone has worked so hard -- the whole team and all season. People saw many problems we had during the season and at the last race but this pole give us a breath. What is most important is that it (the car) is good for tomorrow, not only for qualifying, and because we are more happy now than before."

Tracy W. Krohn, team owner/driver, No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola:
"It was really one for the good guys today. After all the aggravation we've had in the past couple of weeks for W&T Offshore / WTI (Tracy's oil and gas exploration and production company based in Houston, Texas), regarding hurricanes and what not. We had a couple of platforms topple over and had people scattered out for a few days. I was dubious about even being able to get here this week because of all the stuff surrounding the hurricanes. But, like they've done in the past, everybody gathered it up and we're back to work. We don't have all the production back on line yet but we're getting there. To come out here and have Ricardo put it on the pole is fantastic. We've been knocking on the pole for several races and it was about time. It was really gratifying. He did a superlative job. Unfortunately my car (No. 75) didn't qualify today. We had an oil leak around the crank shaft, so we decided we needed to change the motor. We've got the field boxed in from the front to the back for tomorrow's race. That's the way we're going to start."

David Brown, Team Manager, Krohn Racing:
"The car has been visibly quick on the tighter tracks all year. Krohn Racing has worked hard and long with Proto-Auto, Lola and Pontiac support and engineering. It's satisfying to demonstrate the potential of the car and the lap time is only made possible by the many, many people who provide their expertise."

Krohn Racing's last pole position was at the April 2007 VIR 400 race in Alton, Virginia, by Krohn driver Colin Braun. Braun was also awarded the pole at Mexico City in March of 2007.

The Sunrichgourmet.com 1000K race from Tooele, Utah will be televised live on Saturday, September 20th, at 1:00 p.m. ET on SPEED TV. For more information, please see www.grand-am.com and www.krohnracing.net.

-credit: kr

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