Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen Will Run As Scheduled Following Agreement with Krohn Racing WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 2, 2006) -- The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen...
Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen Will Run As Scheduled Following Agreement with Krohn Racing
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 2, 2006) -- The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen weekend schedule will proceed as originally planned--with Daytona Prototypes and GT cars competing simultaneously--as officials from the Grand American Road Racing Association have reached a settlement agreement with Krohn Racing.
One day after a New York State Supreme Court judge granted an injunction for 17-year-old driver Colin Braun to compete in the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, Krohn Racing has elected to withdraw Braun from the team's No. 76 Krohn Racing Ford Riley entry in the best interests of all Daytona Prototype teams and the parties involved in the dispute. The contract between Watkins Glen International and the Indy Racing League--with whom the Rolex Series shares the bill this weekend--does not allow for drivers under the age of 18 to participate in any on-track activities on the same weekend at the same track the IRL is racing.
"We want our fellow teams and drivers in the Rolex Sports Car Series to be able to race this weekend as scheduled," said Krohn Racing owner/driver Tracy Krohn. "It was never our intention to disrupt the competition, but instead to provide a mechanism for Colin Braun to be racing here this weekend. Circumstances have ultimately prevented this, but it is important that the race goes on, not only for the competitors, but the race fans here at Watkins Glen and the viewers watching on SPEED."
Road racing star Boris Said has been named as Braun's replacement in the No. 76 machine and will co-drive with German standout Jorg Bergmeister, who currently ranks third in the Daytona Prototype driver standings. Krohn Racing cars finished first and second in the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen last year, with Bergmeister and then-co-driver Christian Fittipaldi trailing winners Krohn and Nic Jonsson. Braun will return to Rolex Series competition in two weeks in the EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on June 24.
"We are pleased that we have been able to reach an amicable settlement with Krohn Racing over this matter," said Grand American President Roger Edmondson. "It is important to understand that the Grand American Road Racing Association and many in our paddock think the world of Colin Braun, and are just as disappointed as he and Krohn Racing are that Colin will not compete in the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen. He is obviously an extremely talented young driver with an incredibly bright future, and we look forward to watching his career continue to develop on the Rolex Series stage. On behalf of Grand American and all of our Daytona Prototype teams, I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Krohn Racing for deciding not to pursue this matter further this weekend."
A replacement driver will also be brought in for Braun--who turns 18 on September 22--in the penultimate round of the 2006 Rolex Series at Infineon Raceway on August 26, which will be the third and final race weekend of the year that the Rolex Series shares with the IRL.
The Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, Round 8 of the 14-race 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, begins at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 3. The race will be televised live on SPEED.