all in the family Krohn Racing/TRG will have a new face behind the wheel for the April 3 Rolex Sports Car Series race at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Brazilian driver Christian Fittipaldi, now living in Key Biscayne, Fla., will join...
all in the family
Krohn Racing/TRG will have a new face behind the wheel for the April 3 Rolex Sports Car Series race at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Brazilian driver Christian Fittipaldi, now living in Key Biscayne, Fla., will join Jorg Bergmeister of Langenfeld, Germany, in the No. 66 Krohn/TRG Pontiac-powered Riley Mk XI car. Fittipaldi has extensive experience in many forms of racing, including the Formula One World Championship, CART Championship Series, NASCAR Winston Cup and international sports-car racing.
Ironically, his resume includes a victory in the 24 Hours of Spa in Belgium, where he was a teammate to Bergmeister's father, Willi. "In 1993, my father was still driving," Bergmeister recalled. "I remember Christian drove in the 24 hours of Spa in one of the sister cars to my dad. Now he is my co-driver!"
Tracy Krohn of Houston and Nic Jonsson of Buford, Ga., are doing double duty, driving the No. 67 Pontiac-Riley in the Rolex Series Daytona Prototype class and the No. 69 Porsche 996 in the Grand-Am Cup GS class. Jonsson believes the drivers benefit from both the extra track time and consistency in driving partners.
"It's good to drive as much as possible, spend a lot of time on track and stay sharp," he noted. "And it definitely helps to have the same co-driver in both series. If you have the same guy driving with you all the time, it makes it much easier because you don't have to readjust your driving or the setup. We know what we both like, so we can get both cars set up to handle the same way."
The TRG East crew, which prepares the No. 69 Porsche for Nic Jonsson and Tracy Krohn in Grand-Am Cup races, hopes to maximize performance through a weight reduction allowed by a change in series rules.
"We've been allowed a 75-pound weight reduction to compete with the other makes," TRG East owner Peter Baron explained. "There are 385 pounds of ballast in the car, located in the passenger-seat area, which makes the right side of the car overweight. Removing 75 pounds will bring the weight closer to a 50-50 left-right distribution and allow for a much more even platform and ride height. The reduction will have dramatic effects on acceleration, braking and tire wear. In theory, the reduction increases the power-to-weight ratio by 2.5 per cent."