Homestead: Krohn Racing preview

The Krohn Racing heads to the 2.3-mile, 11-turn Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida for the second round of the Grand-Am Rolex Series on March 5-6, 2010. Owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn and Nic Jonsson will suit up in the No. 75 Krohn ...

The Krohn Racing heads to the 2.3-mile, 11-turn Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida for the second round of the Grand-Am Rolex Series on March 5-6, 2010.

Owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn and Nic Jonsson will suit up in the No. 75 Krohn Racing Ford Proto-Auto Lola for the first sprint race of the season for the two-and-three-quarter hour South Florida race. Fifteen Prototypes and 17 GT cars are currently entered for the challenging series where points for the championship standings matter at every race.

The Krohn Racing team finished an impressive fourth-place at the 48th annual running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 30-31. Additionally, Tracy walked away with the prestigious "Jim Trueman Award", as the top Grand-Am Pro-Am driver of the race.

TRACY W. KROHN, Team Owner/Driver No. 75 Krohn Racing Ford Proto-Auto Lola:

Krohn Racing had a great run at Daytona and a good start to the season. What are your thoughts coming into the Homestead race? "We had a great run at Daytona. Whenever you finish a 24-hour race it is a big accomplishment. We had a near flawless race and all the drivers and the crew did a marvelous job preparing the car and managing to get through without any major mishaps. In addition we had a lot of fun! Nic and I are great teammates so we will just fall into a rhythm with one another. Driver changes are a little trickier with our size differences but we've run together as teammates many years and know one another well. We have no concerns going into Homestead."

What is going to be most challenging at Homestead? "Tires are always an issue at Homestead. We will have to work hard on getting the right set-up to preserve the tires as long as possible. That's always a challenge at Homestead. I have confidence in David (Brown -- Krohn Racing Team Manager) to get us to the right place with that issue. There are certainly other teams, running two pro drivers, that will be tough to match, but we're here to finish races and get points, and that's what we plan to do."

Homestead is first sprint race of the season. How do you like sprint races and what are the team's strong suits? "Sprint races are a very different animal than endurance races. For a driver like me who has another job for a profession, sprint racing is more challenging. Homestead has not usually brought us very good results for one reason or another. We're going to try to change that this time."

NIC JONSSON, Driver, No. 75 Krohn Racing Ford Proto-Auto Lola:

Krohn Racing had a great run at Daytona and a good start to the season. What are your thoughts coming into the Homestead race? "We had a phenomenal race with a fourth place finish at the 24 Hours of Daytona, tying with our best finish ever there. The Krohn guys did a fantastic job over the winter to prepare the car. We haven't been down to Homestead in quite a while, for either last year's race or testing, as many other teams have. But we have a very good baseline on the car now that works pretty well everywhere we go. We have to tweak it a little bit. I'm really looking forward to getting back down to Homestead and see what we can do down there. I believe Tracy and I have the same goal and that is to finish races this year and hopefully be able to win the Trueman Award for Tracy.

Homestead is first sprint race of the season. How do you like sprint races and what's your strong suit? "I love sprint races and it's definitely going up head-to-head more than endurance races like the 24 Hours. There's more strategy in a sprint race than just to stay out of trouble and not take any chances whatsoever. In an endurance race you pace it out and maybe lose five seconds a lap to be more cautious because you can make it up in the long run. In a sprint race you can't afford to do that. You basically have to commit yourself, go for it and be much more aggressive. It's a completely different mindset. We'll see how we pair up against everyone else when we get there. I think we should have a very good pace. We have the Proto-Auto Lola again with the Ford powerplant so I don't see any reason we shouldn't get set-up and be running very competitively. I assume Tracy will probably qualify and do the first part of the race. When I get in, hopefully we'll be in contention and I can mix it up. That's what I'm looking forward to."

DAVID BROWN, Krohn Racing Team Manager and Engineer:

Krohn Racing had a great run at Daytona and a good start to the season. Now it is going to be just Tracy and Nic here at Homestead. What are your thoughts coming into the Homestead race? "We are going to work hard to achieve the best finishing position AND score maximum points for Tracy in the Trueman award, so staying on the lead lap and getting Tracy plenty of seat time too are the goals."

Homestead is first sprint race of the season. How do you like sprint races and what are the team's strong suits? "The team demonstrated at Daytona the reliability of the car and perfect pit work that came from the test miles and the continuity within the team, now we have to be on our toes for the cut and thrust action and the excitement that we enjoy so much in sprint racing. Let's see what happens. It is better perhaps to demonstrate strengths than to state them."

There is a smaller field of DP cars this weekend (15 cars entered). How do you think that will affect the race? "This event has a record of plenty of car-to-car contact. I expect that the combined 32 car field of Prototypes and GTs will continue that tradition! Keeping out of those incidents will be part anticipation and part luck!"

-source: krohn racing

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