Homestead: Krohn Racing/TRG Thursday report

double home Krohn Racing/TRG has a multinational driver lineup for the Rolex Sports Car Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, with German Jorg Bergmeister and Italian Max Papis in the No. 66 Pontiac-powered Riley Mk XI and Swede Nic...

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Krohn Racing/TRG has a multinational driver lineup for the Rolex Sports Car Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, with German Jorg Bergmeister and Italian Max Papis in the No. 66 Pontiac-powered Riley Mk XI and Swede Nic Jonsson paired with American Tracy Krohn in the No. 67 Pontiac-Riley.

Papis, who set the team's fast lap on Thursday (one minute 15.141 seconds on the 2.3-mile infield road course) will have a special guest attending the race on Saturday -- his mother Mary, who is visiting from the family home in Como, Italy. Papis said he appreciates both his home and adopted countries:

"I'm very proud of being Italian and I'm very proud of my tradition, but at the same time I have some American in the way America gave me an opportunity to be myself and achieve my dreams in my life. So I feel some of my heart is American, as well."

open-wheel advantage

Tracy Krohn and Nic Jonsson don't quite see eye to eye -- Krohn is 6 ft. 4 in. tall and Jonsson is 5 ft. 7 in. But Jonsson's early years racing open-wheel cars gave him a seating preference that allows him to reach the brake and gas pedals in the Pontiac-Riley he shares with Krohn.

"We got Tracy fitted in the car first because he's the tallest," Jonsson explained. "With my open-wheel experience, I kind of lay down more in the car because I feel comfortable that way, so we just made a seat insert for me so I can reach the pedals properly. If I hadn't had the opportunity to sit leaned back in the open-wheel cars, it would be a major issue for me [in the Krohn/TRG car] because I couldn't even reach the pedals."

timing is everything

Krohn/TRG team manager Mike Johnson understands the importance of timing in racing. So does his wife Cheryl. The couple's first child, Connor James, was born on Feb. 7, 27 hours after the finish of the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona race.

"Connor and Cheryl did great holding out until daddy got home. I only got about four hours of sleep after the race and before Connor's birth, but I was wide awake when he came out. It was great!" Johnson reported. "Right now we are just working on sleeping through the night, so no go-kart yet. I'm sure he'll be going to a race pretty soon, though."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Nic Jönsson
Teams Krohn Racing