Watkins Glen II: Krohn Racing/TRG preview

Krohn Racing/TRG Returns to Site of First Win -- Watkins Glen Petaluma, California -- Krohn Racing/TRG is returning to the site of their first win in the Daytona Prototype category for round nine of the Grand American Rolex Series COMPUSA 200 to...

Krohn Racing/TRG Returns to Site of First Win -- Watkins Glen

Petaluma, California -- Krohn Racing/TRG is returning to the site of their first win in the Daytona Prototype category for round nine of the Grand American Rolex Series COMPUSA 200 to be run at the Glen on August 12th.

The team nearly logged their second win eight days ago at Barber Motorsport Park a late race splash-and-go thwarted the victory after teammates Jorg Bergmeister and Christian Fittipaldi managed to lead most of the race.

The series will run in support of NASCAR this weekend and will have to navigate the Watkins Glen short course measuring 2.45-miles and 11-turns. The short course is sure to make the racing more interesting as there are 26 GT cars and 24 Daytona Prototypes slated to take the start this Friday night. Lap times for the DP cars are 32-seconds a lap faster on the short course compared to the long course, using the Boot. Christian Fittipaldi was able to lead the closing laps of the first Watkins Glen visit until being passed by teammate Jonsson for the win.

Again in the last race at Barber Motorsport Park, Fittipaldi was once again leading with six laps to go before being summoned to pit lane for a splash of fuel. "This race is shorter than all of the others," commented the Brazilian. "We will need a quick car and very quick pit stops. This configuration is a bit of an unknown for me as I have never run the short course. The traffic will be intense and we will need to stay out of trouble. If we can do that, and have enough gas in the tank at the end, I like our chances."

Bergmeister will partner Fittipaldi in the number 67/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley. He said, "I have never driventhe short course before, but I really like the long oneand by looking at the layout my favorite parts, like the chicane,and are still in there so it should bea lot of fun. We have been so close in the last three races; we just need some luck to get on top of the podium. As a driver it is always good to know that the car is competitive and Ithink we as a team were able to show that through the last races. Everything is in place for a victory." Tracy Krohn and Nic Jonsson, driving the number 65/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley return to The Glen to defend their June win.

"I have never raced the short course, but it will just be faster and require a different type of focus," explained Krohn. "We will really need to pay a lot of attention to the setup and get the most aero and mechanical grip as possible. The track is fast, so you have to have the balance of downforce to get up the back stretch and through the esses and still be able to negotiate the corners. Traffic will be a huge factor! All of those blue guard rails are pretty close to the track, so there is not much room for error. I will also need to do a better job in qualifying."

"I have run the short course a couple of times, once in a prototype and once in a GT car," said Jonsson. "There is not really a big difference in setup from the long course. You need to focus on the transitions and try to run as little downforce as you dare. Turn one, the Bus Stop and the last left -- right combination and the rest is pretty much flat. When you exit the Bus Stop you lift and tap the brake to point the car and then you are flat, in the short course layout this section almost becomes a straight. There will be a lot of NASCAR rubber on the track that is a different makeup from our tire, not sure if that will help or hurt our traction."

"The Daytona Prototype effort has really come alive since the last time we visited the Glen," said co-team owner Kevin Buckler. "I think the confidence we gained in running up front in both cars there the last time has permeated through the organization and we now know we can run at the top at any track. The confidence is there and it is paying off with top finishes every weekend."

In the Daytona Prototype drivers points battle, Bergmeister is currently in fourth; Jonsson is in tenth with Tracy Krohn holding down twelfth position after eight races.

The NASCAR qualifying record at Watkins Glen is held by Jeff Gordon with a time of 1:10.798 and a speed of 124 mph. For comparison, the Grand Am DP qualifying record is 1:11.446 and a speed of 123 mph.

Round nine of the Grand American Rolex Series to be run at Watkins Glen August 12th will be televised tape delayed on the Speed Channel starting at 10:00 p.m. the same day.


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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Christian Fittipaldi , Kevin Buckler , Jörg Bergmeister , Tracy Krohn , Nic Jonsson
Teams Krohn Racing