Krohn Racing's Colin Braun to Miss Homestead-Miami Race HOMESTEAD, Fla., March 23, 2006 -- Due to arrangements that are in place to prevent a competitor under 18 years-old from competing at this venue while tobacco sponsorship is present,...
Krohn Racing's Colin Braun to Miss Homestead-Miami Race
HOMESTEAD, Fla., March 23, 2006 -- Due to arrangements that are in place to prevent a competitor under 18 years-old from competing at this venue while tobacco sponsorship is present, Krohn Racing driver Colin Braun (Ovalo, Texas) will not be participating in Saturday's Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series' Linder Industrial Komatsu Grand Prix of Miami here at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Krohn Racing is obviously disappointed in this position and its impact on team driver and Rolex Series Daytona Prototype point leader, Colin Braun, 17. The team, which at no time was in advance possession of information that would have made them aware of this stipulation, has sought advice on the matter and has looked at the possible solutions available to us at this time. With that, as well as the repercussions to Colin's future in mind, Krohn Racing has decided it is in the best interest of our driver to accept these restrictions.
In light of this, the team has secured the services of Max Papis (Miami Beach, Fla.) to stand in for Braun at this event. Papis will join fulltime Krohn Racing driver Jorg Bergmeister (Langenfeld, Germany) in the No. 76 Ford-Riley. Bergmeister and Braun are currently tied for the point lead in the Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve following the pairing's fifth-place finish at the Rolex 24 At Daytona and second-place finish at Mexico City.
Tracy Krohn, Team Owner: "To say we aren't disappointed would be grave injustice to Colin and to the No. 76 prototype entry. Entering this race we had no reason to believe that there would be a problem in Colin's participation in this event. Nothing in our experience or in the Grand American competition rules suggested that there would be any issue with Colin's age. We were informed of this unique scenario just days ago and, upon reviewing every avenue available to us in effort to come to an acceptable resolution, we have decided it is in the best interest of Colin's career for him to sit out this event. This is a great blow to Colin, to his championship aspirations and to Krohn Racing. However, we will return in force at Long Beach."
Colin Braun, Driver: "I am obviously very disappointed that I will not race this weekend and defend the championship lead. I am more disappointed for Krohn Racing and my guys. They have put in a tremendous effort to prepare for this race. We had a great test here a few weeks ago and I was really looking forward to driving at Homestead. Everyone involved did everything possible to work this out and, in the end, this was the best choice for my future. I'll be helping Krohn Racing as much as I can this weekend and then start preparing for Long Beach."
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