Qualifying for the Linder Industrial Komatsu Grand Prix of Miami race took place today at the 2.3-mile, 11-turn Homestead-Miami Speedway. The No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley of qualifying driver Colin Braun and teammate, local Miami resident...
Qualifying for the Linder Industrial Komatsu Grand Prix of Miami race took place today at the 2.3-mile, 11-turn Homestead-Miami Speedway. The No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley of qualifying driver Colin Braun and teammate, local Miami resident "Mad" Max Papis, will start from the second row, the fourth position. Krohn team owner/driver Tracy Krohn qualified the No. 76 entry in the 17th position.
Eighteen-year-old Braun's time was 1:14.698 at 110.846 mph. Houston, Texas resident Tracy Krohn qualified with a time of 1:16.722 at 107.922 mph.
Braun and Papis currently sit third in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car series Daytona Prototype class following their second place finish at round two in Mexico City earlier this month. Braun also collected the pole there. Krohn and J0x00f6nsson are tenth in the championship points chase following their eighth-place finish at Mexico City.
Colin Braun, driver, No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley:
"Loosing the track time that we lost yesterday because of the rain set us back a little bit, so we're struggling a little bit with getting the set-up figured out. Qualifying gave us a chance to try some things. I think we have a very good race car. Dave (Brown -- Race Engineer) has done a good job and I think gave us a good race car. It will be a very interesting race. It is so slippery; it should be interesting to see what happens. I think there will be quite a few cautions because it's going to be so slippery. I think there will be cars going off the track. I definitely believe there will be a lot of cautions."
Tracy W. Krohn, team owner/driver, No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley:
"The car was a little bit unstable at exit during qualifying today. We've got power down loose issues with the car. We only had a few laps due to the rain and the yellows we had yesterday and only got about eight laps in. We did not test here last year so I think we are a little bit behind. We've thought about it a little bit and we think we know what we have to do for tomorrow. I think the car will be there at the end of the race and I think we're going to be very competitive in both cars.
I think we are probably one practice session behind where we would like to be and that would have made a big difference but it is what it is. No matter what, you still have to drive around that and we'll do that tomorrow."
Max Papis, driver, No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley:
"I think we did a pretty good job with qualifying. Starting in the top two rows is a great achievement. We have a little bit of work to do on the car but I think the starting point is excellent. We just need to keep working on it from there.
It's going to be a very tactical race. Everyone is going to be sliding around a lot and it's going to be a matter of sliding a little less than everybody else."
Nic Jonsson, driver, No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley:
"Unfortunately, a lot of yesterday's practice session was rained out so we didn't get as many laps in the car as we had hoped. I don't think our set-up is that bad, but Tracy only got about 10-15 laps, including qualifying, and that's not really enough. I hope we'll get some more laps in warm-up tomorrow morning. I think with some luck and staying on the lead lap, we should have a good chance to have both cars be in the top seven or eight. The team has done a good job of prepping the car. Everything seems to work well mechanically. I'm optimistic. I think we have to take care of tires tomorrow and make sure we don't get too excited at the beginning of the stint tomorrow and make sure we don't get on the tires. We know the tires are going to go off. We've seen it with the guys running sideways everywhere. You have to be patient. If someone gets away from it, it will come right back at you five or six laps later. We have to be patient and run our own race and I think we'll have a good finish."
Jeff Hazell, Krohn Racing Team Manager:
"Although we've previously been here, we're still very disappointed with the car in qualifying and had to have a very long debrief to determine what direction to take for the race. The three cars in front of us are certainly the three cars we are going to have trouble with on the way to the checkered flag."