Watkins Glen II: Colin Braun suspended

Colin Braun Suspended From Grand-Am Competition Until September 1 and Will Miss Infineon Raceway Event DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 14, 2007) -- Colin Braun, the 18-year-old driver of the No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley in the Grand-Am Rolex...

Colin Braun Suspended From Grand-Am Competition Until September 1 and Will Miss Infineon Raceway Event

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 14, 2007) -- Colin Braun, the 18-year-old driver of the No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve, has been suspended by Grand-Am Managing Director of Competition Mark Raffauf following the latest in a series of on-track incidents during last Friday's Crown Royal 200 at Watkins Glen International.

Braun, who is currently sixth in the Grand-Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype standings, has been suspended until September 1, which will force him to miss the Armed Forces 250 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., August 25. He will be eligible to return to competition for the season-ending SunChaser 1000k at Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City, Utah, September 15.

Braun was advised by Raffauf prior to the Crown Royal 200 that any on-track incidents in which he was involved could result in suspension. In the race, he made contact with championship contender Max Angelelli's No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley as the pair battled for second in the race's final laps. Braun had also met with Raffauf earlier in the year regarding on-track incidents in the Rolex Series events at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Barber Motorsports Park and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal.

"Colin Braun is one of the brightest talents the racing world has seen in the last few years," Raffauf said. "However, like other emerging stars before him, occasionally these young drivers need to be refocused. I have no doubt that Colin will emerge from this suspension as an even better driver and we look forward to his return in the SunChaser 1000."

Braun has recorded five top-three finishes and two poles in Grand-Am Rolex Series competition this year after a breakout 2006 campaign that saw him capture a pair of victories with eventual Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype Champion Jorg Bergmeister. The first win in the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona gave Braun the distinction of being youngest winner of a major, modern era auto race at 17 years, nine months and seven days. He and Bergmeister followed that victory with a second consecutive win one week later at Barber Motorsports Park.

The Grand American Road Racing Association, which operates and sanctions the Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve and the KONI Challenge Series, is the premier road racing organization in North America. The 15-race 2007 Rolex Series schedule and the 12-race KONI Challenge Series calendar delivered professional sports car racing to key markets throughout North America in addition to being televised in the United States and Canada on SPEED and distributed globally through ESPN International. With title sponsorship support from Rolex Watch USA and presenting sponsorship from Crown Royal Special Reserve, the Rolex Series showcases emerging and legendary drivers from around the globe and thoroughbred racing machines from the industry's leading constructors and the world's top automobile manufacturers. Learn more about Grand-Am at www.grand-am.com.

-credit: garra

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Colin Braun , Jörg Bergmeister , Gilles Villeneuve
Teams Krohn Racing