Mexico City: Krohn Racing/TRG race report

Krohn Racing/TRG Finishes Seventh and Ninth in Mexico City Mexico City -- Krohn Racing/TRG drivers Tracy Krohn and Nic Jonsson finished seventh today with teammates Jorg Bergmeister and Max Papis coming home in ninth in the final round of the ...

Krohn Racing/TRG Finishes Seventh and Ninth in Mexico City

Mexico City -- Krohn Racing/TRG drivers Tracy Krohn and Nic Jonsson finished seventh today with teammates Jorg Bergmeister and Max Papis coming home in ninth in the final round of the Grand American Rolex Series race held at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. Tracy Krohn started the number 67/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley from his sixth row qualifying position and made steady work of his stint. The Texan ran consistent lap times turning the wheel over to co-driver Jonsson on lap 46 in eleventh place. Jonsson proceeded to lay down fast times, in a caution free race, improving positions to bring the car home in seventh.

Jorg Bergmeister ran afoul of the Grand Am officials when he pulled out of line and passed before the start/finish line at the beginning of the race. The German took the lead into turn one from his second row starting position only to be called in for a stop-and-go penalty for jumping the start. Bergmeister had to make up positions as he was sent to the back of the DP field. On lap 44 he turned the car over to Max Papis in tenth place. Papis returned to the fight and had the number 66 car as high as eighth place before he had to make an extra stop for a splash of fuel at the end of the race sealing their ninth place finish.

Tracy Krohn, #67/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley: "We didn't see a single yellow flag all race. I had a pretty good stint although I had a major push in the car. We had a trouble free race and the car performed well. Nic did a good job to improve our finish position at the end. I really like the track; it has a nice combination and fast and slow turns."

Nic Jonsson, #67/Krohn Racing TRG/Pontiac Riley: "When I got in and we put the new tires on the car and it really came back to me. I had some contact a few times in the baseball stadium with the number eight car, but was able to put him behind me. It was the best it had been all weekend. I was able to run fast lap times pretty easy. We needed a yellow or two to reset the field and really do some racing."

Max Papis, #66/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley: "It was a tough day.JWe fought the car all weekend. We made a lot of changes in the warm-up but it did not seem to help that much. The crew did a good job to try and improve the car as we were racing, but it was just a tough day. At the end I am not sure we were getting all the fuel from the tank and we had to stop for a splash, as a result we gave up a few positions."

Jorg Bergmeister, #66/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley: "At the start I could not see the green flag so I went when everyone else accelerated and that did not sit well with the officials. The car had a lot of push, but with the stop-and-go penalty and no yellows to bunch up the field we couldn't make the ground back up."

Kevin Buckler, team co-owner: "The race was really peculiar without any caution laps. The DP field is so close that when you get behind you need the yellows to help you get back in the fight. The drivers ran a clean race and the crew did a great job preparing the cars, we were just a little off today."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Nic Jönsson
Teams Krohn Racing