six hours Krohn Racing/TRG is looking for a strong finish in the six-hour Rolex Sports Car Series race at le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Que., on May 21. The rookie team has enjoyed some success in shorter races, tempered by the racer's luck of ...
Krohn Racing/TRG is looking for a strong finish in the six-hour Rolex Sports Car Series race at le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Que., on May 21. The rookie team has enjoyed some success in shorter races, tempered by the racer's luck of sometimes being in the wrong place on track at the wrong time. Krohn/TRG's two Pontiac-powered Riley Mk XI cars have scored one podium finish and three top-fives in the first four races this season.
"As a team, we are really looking forward to a true endurance race. Our drivers are quick and our team has been solid, but a little bad luck has cost us dearly. Our bad luck has always come at a time when we could not recover quick enough," team manager Mike Johnson explained. "Now we should have enough time to recover if we encounter some bad luck again and if we encounter no bad luck, then look out!"
Jorg Bergmeister of Langenfeld, Germany, who drives the No. 66 Pontiac-Riley with Christian Fittipaldi of Key Biscayne, Fla., is encouraged by Krohn/TRG's early success. He believes recent testing will further strengthen the team's performance. Bergmeister knows the value of testing -- he tested at every track en route to winning the 2000 Porsche Carrera Cup championship with four poles, three wins and eight podium finishes in nine races.
"Krohn Racing/TRG is a new team, so we need as many tests as we can get. With every test, we learn new things about the car. It's time to understand the car better and develop it. We work on the whole package -- the shocks, tire pressures, roll bars, everything," he said. "The most important thing is for the engineer and driver to work close together to get the car in the right direction."
Nic Jonsson of Buford, Ga., and Tracy Krohn of Houston have continually progressed in the No. 67 Pontiac-Riley. Jonsson credits their success to the Krohn/TRG crew.
"I've always been a big believer in long-term relationships. I try to build synergy and relationships with the crew guys," he said. "The engineer and the driver always get the recognition and the crew seems to be secondary, which I think is wrong. Without them preparing the car, I would not be able to do my job out there on the track. We think it's just a machine and we go drive it, but there's so much more that goes into it -- all the preparation back in the shop, long days and nights to get the car to where we need it to be competitive."