Watkins Glen III: Krohn Racing/TRG qualifying report

Krohn Racing/TRG Qualifies Second and Sixteenth at Watkins Glen Watkins Glen, New York -- Krohn Racing/TRG driver J0x00f6rg Bergmeister qualified second today at Watkins Glen for the Grand American Rolex Series Crown Royal 250. Teammate Tracy ...

Krohn Racing/TRG Qualifies Second and Sixteenth at Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen, New York -- Krohn Racing/TRG driver J0x00f6rg Bergmeister qualified second today at Watkins Glen for the Grand American Rolex Series Crown Royal 250. Teammate Tracy Krohn will start from the eighth row tomorrow afternoon.

After a day filled with fog and rain, the weather broke just in time for the 15-minute qualifying session. J0x00f6rg Bergmeister will start the number 66/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley on the front row as a result of his 1:45.080 qualifying time. The German swapped the lead with pole sitter Diaz four times during the brief session.

"It was a good battle for the pole," said Bergmeister. "We had some slight mid corner push that we need to work on in the warm-up tomorrow. It would be nice to win back-to-back races and the front row is a good place to start. The morning session today was wet, so we are a little behind on our dry setup work. Max has a lot of experience in these cars and his work and feedback on the handling of the car at these tracks really benefits me. There are at least ten cars in the field that can win the race, so qualifying is important. We led a lot of laps here the last two races, now we just need a Phoenix type ending."

Krohn Racing team co-owner and driver Tracy Krohn will start from the eighth row tomorrow after posting a qualifying time of 1:48.879. Krohn has had a busy September, evacuating his employees for a second time in three weeks and then getting himself out of Houston to race with the team this weekend. The Texan had to move his company employees from Metairie, a suburb of New Orleans, to Houston following Katrina. He had to do it again with the expectation of Rita.

"I can't go home, I've really got nowhere to go," commented Krohn. "It is nice to get back behind the wheel and focus on driving, a nice diversion from the business and those issues. I had some mid turn push in the car that cost me a good bit of time. When I would get my tires up to temperature I would hit traffic. I had hoped for a better qualifying effort, but we can race from there."

"J0x00f6rg had a great battle in qualifying, we just came up a little short," said team co-owner Kevin Buckler. "The team has really come together over the past couple of weeks. We made some personnel changes and that has given everyone a little inspiration. Tracy did a job considering all that he has been through the past four weeks, it is good to have him back."

The Grand American Rolex Series will return to Watkins Glen International will run tomorrow, September 24th and will be televised live on the Speed Channel starting at 3:00 p.m. EST.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kevin Buckler , Tracy Krohn
Teams Krohn Racing