fast wrap Krohn Racing/TRG wrapped a successful test for the 2005 Rolex 24 At Daytona with the second-fastest Daytona Prototype time of the three-day test. Jorg Bergmeister recorded the team's fastest lap of the week -- one minute 47.182 seconds...
Krohn Racing/TRG wrapped a successful test for the 2005 Rolex 24 At Daytona with the second-fastest Daytona Prototype time of the three-day test. Jorg Bergmeister recorded the team's fastest lap of the week -- one minute 47.182 seconds on the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway infield road course. His co-drivers Max Papis and Oliver Gavin also took turns topping the team times in the new No. 66 Krohn Racing/TRG Pontiac-powered Riley Mk XI.
"It was a very productive weekend," Papis said. "We've been running in the top three or five, which is a little bit more than we expected -- we exceeded our expectation. We ran flawless for three days and that's a great starting point. We'll regroup and understand exactly what we need to go to the next level, but I'm really pleased with what we've done."
The No. 67 Krohn/TRG Riley was fast in the hands of Tracy Krohn, Nic Jonsson, Buddy Rice and Boris Said. They ran in the top-five for most of the eight Daytona test sessions, with Jonsson, an accomplished test driver, taking honors for the car's fastest lap (1:48.562).
"I'm very delighted and very surprised how good the cars were right out of the box. We just got them last Monday [Jan. 3] and haven't really done any development yet," he noted. "Mechanically, they ran completely flawless. It's incredible how well the cars are built and the guys on the team have done a great job to get the cars together in such a short time."
passed to passing
Jorg Bergmeister has already won the Rolex 24 At Daytona twice -- in the GT class in 2002 and overall (and GT) in 2003. He was delighted to move up to the prototype class this year, where he'll be passing the GT cars, rather than being passed.
"The car is not too different, it's actually pretty easy to drive. The handling is balanced and there's nothing you're not expecting from the car," he said. "It's really nice [to be passing]. I think it helps if you've driven a GT car before, to judge the situation a little better. I know how it feels to be passed all the time!"
The Rolex 24 At Daytona is set for Feb. 5 and 6 in Daytona Beach, Fla.