The Verizon Festival of Speed race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA did not bring the results the Krohn Racing team had desired. A victory in the Bosch Engineering 250 race at VIRginia International Raceway in Round 3 earlier this...
The Verizon Festival of Speed race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA did not bring the results the Krohn Racing team had desired. A victory in the Bosch Engineering 250 race at VIRginia International Raceway in Round 3 earlier this month, had brought high hopes for back-to-back victories for the popular green-and-blue liveried team. However, the No. 76 Krohn Racing Proto-Auto Ford had an off-track excursion on Lap 32 in today's Round 4 of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car series that ended their day.
Nic Jonsson, who started from the sixth position on the grid, was being hotly pursued by the No. 99 Gainsco Pontiac Riley, when he got a little wide passing a GT car and off in the dirt at the famous "corkscrew" section of the 2.238-mile, 11-turn Laguna Seca road course. The dip at the bottom got the best of the No.76 car's splitter and the lengthy repairs would take too much time to make staying in the race a worthy option.
Nic Jonsson, driver, No. 76 Krohn Racing Ford Lola:
"Unfortunately, we had way too much push in the car from the very beginning. It was a very hard battle to fight out there with the push in the car. I was trying as hard as I could and came up to the "corkscrew" and had the Porsche right behind me on my tail and I went a little deeper than the Porsche, trying to protect my position. I went wide and got inside the curb there. Unfortunately, it is so steep there that I hit the front splitter. When I came down, it broke the splitter."
Ricardo Zonta, driver, No. 76 Krohn Racing Ford Lola:
"I got in the car after Nic went off track, left the pits and was on the long straight and right away I felt something was too much. I could tell something was broken but I didn't know if it was the front or the rear. When we stopped we saw the damage further and realized the broken splitter was upsetting the balance on the car. It was a shame because we had good strategy for scoring points. Now we must wait for the next race."
Tracy W. Krohn, owner/ driver, Krohn Racing:
"It was tough luck for the team. Nic got off at the horseshoe, going a little wide and got off in the dirt. When you get to the bottom of the corkscrew, there is a real profound dip at the end. It just broke the splitter. The team did a pit stop and Ricardo tried to get out there to see what he could do. He was having balance issues. It would have taken 10 minutes to replace and repair and by that time we are out of racing. There was no use."
David Brown, Team Manager/Engineer, Krohn Racing:
"It was a disappointing end to a difficult weekend. We have really found it quite difficult to make the car quick here. In the race, the car still had balance issues. Unfortunately, Nic went off at the "corkscrew" and the place where he went off, basically, the car falls off the edge of a step and the car landed on the splitter, which is the primary aerodynamic device on the car, and it is broken. It is well and truly broken and it's not repairable in a sensible time scale. So we decided to pull the car unfortunately. We are going to go to Watkins Glen. We are going to do it again and we'll do it better and have a better result. That's our resolve."