Krohn Racing/TRG Hopes for More at Mid-Ohio Petaluma, California -- Krohn Racing/TRG is headed to Mid-Ohio with the hopes of adding another win to their resume. The duo of J0x00f6rg Bergmeister and Max Papis are hungry for the first win in the...
Krohn Racing/TRG Hopes for More at Mid-Ohio
Petaluma, California -- Krohn Racing/TRG is headed to Mid-Ohio with the hopes of adding another win to their resume. The duo of J0x00f6rg Bergmeister and Max Papis are hungry for the first win in the teams number 66/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley. Their opportunity will come in this weekends running of the EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course on August 27th.
Bergmeister is jealous of the win that teammates Tracy Krohn and Nic Jonsson have under their belt. Bergmeister and teammate, whether it be Max Papis or Christian Fittipaldi have led the most laps in the Daytona Prototype class this season.
The team had the opportunity to test at the 2.2-mile, 13-turn circuit in late May, but on the old compound Hoosier tires.
"We tested there in late May, but on the old tires, "said Bergmeister. "I hope that the new tires help the push. Mid-Ohio is a technical track, you really have to hit your marks. There are concrete patches in the middle of each of the corners and they can affect the setup depending on the weather. The race will be real busy with the traffic. It will be difficult to get around the GT cars from the end of the back straight to the beginning of the front straight. We are due a win and I hope we can get one next weekend."
Max Papis will partner Bergmeister in this weekend's race and returns to the site of first ever Indy car race. "I consider Mid-Ohio my home track. I have done a lot of miles there in the Indy cars when I was with Rahal. The track is very technical and physical on the driver. You have to be a hard charger yet be smooth to preserve the tires. The team has really been running strong and I am hoping that J0x00f6rg and I can get the first win for the number 66 car."
Tracy Krohn and Nic Jonsson, driving the number 67/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley are looking to bounce back from their tough outing at Watkins Glen, which witnessed the duo completing only 25 laps in the race.
"Mid-Ohio is a roller coaster ride and I have always enjoyed roller coasters," said Tracy Krohn. "The section of the track known as "Madness" after the long back straightaway and continuing onto the front straightaway is my favorite section of the track," explained Tracy Krohn. When we tested there in late May, we worked on achieving a balanced setup and learning the track. It was quite a bit cooler than it will be this weekend, so we will have to tweak our notes. We have made a few changes in how we approach setting up the car for the race. We have some very good drivers, but one of the bigger changes has been my skill level has continued to improve as a result of having had a lot of seat time and having driven most of the tracks over the last two years.
Competing in both Grand Am Rolex and Grand Am Cup has helped sharpen those skills."
"We had the opportunity to test there, so hopefully we are a little further ahead than the others," said Nic Jonsson. "The car was the best handling at the Glen last race as it has been all year. I really like the track. Tracy has really gotten on the pace the last few races. His qualifying effort at the Glen was great. It is very important that you have the most mechanical grip possible. There are a couple of long straights, so you need to run minimal aero downforce. You have to be careful because the track has a lot of crests that you go over that can easily upset the car."
"The Daytona Prototypes keep showing improvement every race," said co-team owner Kevin Buckler. "We have led the most laps all season and are a threat to win each race. We have one victory, but the team is hungry for more. Mid-Ohio is a driver's track and we have four good ones, so we are looking for good things next week."
In the Daytona Prototype drivers points battle, Bergmeister is currently in fourth; Jonsson is in eleventh with Tracy Krohn holding down thirteenth position after nine races.
Round ten of the Grand American Rolex Series will be run at Mid-Ohio on August 27th and will be televised tape delayed on the Speed Channel starting at 12:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, August 28th.