Max at home Krohn Racing/TRG driver Max Papis will be right at home for the Rolex Sports Car Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Born in Italy, Papis now lives in nearby Miami Beach, so the 2.3-mile infield road course in Homestead, Fla.,...
Max at home
Krohn Racing/TRG driver Max Papis will be right at home for the Rolex Sports Car Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Born in Italy, Papis now lives in nearby Miami Beach, so the 2.3-mile infield road course in Homestead, Fla., has become his home track. He also knows the 1.5-mile Homestead oval course well; he collected his first Indy car win there in 1999. Papis and Jörg Bergmeister of Langenfeld, Germany, will drive the No. 66 Pontiac-powered Riley Mk XI in the two-hour 45-minute race on March 5.
"It's going to be really cool to race at my home track," Papis said. "Homestead gave me my first-ever win in an Indy car in 1999 and I really would love to be back in the winner's circle. We've made tremendous development with the Krohn/TRG organization, so I'm looking forward to having my first win for Pontiac and Krohn/TRG at my home track."
Tracy Krohn of Houston and Nic Jönsson of Buford, Ga., will do double-duty this season, driving the No. 67 Pontiac-Riley in the Rolex Series and the No. 69 Porsche 996 in the Grand-Am Cup Series. Although only the Rolex Series is scheduled at Homestead, Krohn would be happy to make two starts on the track -- he notched a class podium finish in his first Grand-Am Cup race there, in 2004. This year, he's even more prepared.
"I like the track -- the first time I raced there, I got a podium finish. It's a lot of fun because you really have to drive the track. It's different from Daytona [International Speedway] in that at Daytona, you're just wide open on the banking and here you've really got to drive the car through the banking," Krohn said. "This year is a better year for me because I've been to most of the tracks now. That's better than running a new track every week!"
ready to race
Kevin Buckler, co-owner of Krohn Racing/TRG with Tracy Krohn, has high hopes for his new team's second race, following its debut in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in February:
"I'm very excited to focus our efforts on these two cars, after the effort we put in at Daytona," he said. "It's sort of a cruel joke to have to make the Rolex 24 the maiden voyage for the new team -- we learned so much, and are going down to Homestead 100 per cent ready. We've got a strong team and have spent the last month getting prepared for Homestead. We'll be in good shape mechanically and, with our driver combinations, I expect good things."