Montreal: Krohn Racing preview

Krohn Racing Heads North of the Border for Penultimate Grand-Am Race in Montreal This week the second to the last race of the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season will be held in beautiful Montreal, Canada. The Krohn Racing team of team...

Krohn Racing Heads North of the Border for Penultimate Grand-Am Race in Montreal

This week the second to the last race of the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season will be held in beautiful Montreal, Canada. The Krohn Racing team of team owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn and Nic J0x00f6nsson are seeking to put their No. 75 Krohn Racing Ford Proto-Auto Lola on the podium at the Montreal 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Saturday, August 28.

The 2.709-mile, 15-turn road course is a favorite of the Krohn Racing team for its international flavor. Almost a mix of a road course and street course, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve offers challenges including a narrow track in places, hard braking corners and brake cooling issues, weather unpredictability and balance set-up difficulties. Getting the ingredients right is the goal for Krohn Racing and all the GRAND-AM Prototype teams.

QUOTES:

TRACY W. KROHN, Team Owner/Driver No. 75 Krohn Racing Ford Proto-Auto Lola:

Krohn Racing sat out the race last year at Montreal. How do you feel about returning this year for the penultimate 2010 Grand-Am race?

"We are very glad to be back at Montreal this year. This race always has the feel of international competition with very knowledgeable fans and variable weather."

Your last time competing at Montreal was in 2008 with Oliver Gavin and you finished in the Top Ten. How do you like the Montreal circuit?

"I have always liked this circuit because it requires patience and aggression due to the change in the size of the track along the circuit. The turns and chicanes require a commitment that is a 'statement to other drivers' that you intend to occupy this space because the track narrows so much at the entrances and you must stake out your claim to that space definitively!"

The Montreal race is the only non-USA race on the schedule and really gives the Grand-Am Series an international flavor. Canadian race fans are really terrific and knowledgeable fans. What do you like best about the fans in Montreal?

"The fans in Montreal are very tuned-in to international motorsports and show up in force irrespective of the weather. They always want to know about the cars and how they are handling in different conditions and the whole family shows up. I seem to recall seeing more grandparents and grandchildren at Montreal than any other place we race! I think these fans are unique because motorsports and in particular, road racing, are very much a part of their culture."

You are going to be celebrating your birthday this week at Montreal. Do you have any special plans besides undoubtedly wanting to win the race?

"Oh sure, remind me of my birthday! I guess when you are at the ripe old age of 56, you get a particularly perverse pleasure out of beating the twenty-somethings on the track so I will just focus on that, eh!

I can't think of a better way to celebrate than in a race car competing in an international event! Nic and I will hopefully celebrate on the podium with some well deserved champagne! Oh, and of course, my fianc0x00e9e, Laurie, and I are preparing to get married in September!"

NIC JONSSON, Driver, No. 75 Krohn Racing Ford Proto-Auto Lola:

Krohn Racing sat out the race last year at Montreal. How do you feel about returning this year for the penultimate 2010 Grand-Am race?

"I think it's great to go back to Montreal. The team always likes the Montreal event. It's a classic event and takes place downtown pretty much. It's very close to everything and well attended, with one of the reasons being that the NASCAR event is at the same time as our Grand-Am race weekend. I love the circuit. All the safety factors there are fantastic. All-in-all, it's just a very nice event and one I look forward to."

You've had a little extra experience though at the Montreal circuit because you also raced a NASCAR Camping World Series car here a couple of years ago. Share with us your thoughts on the circuit itself.

"I think the layout has a lot of elements that a race track should actually have. One of the elements it doesn't really have is elevation change, except a slight one at Turn 2. The back side has more of a road course feel to it. Then from Turn 2 through Turn 8 it is more of a street course. The barriers are really close and there is no margin for errors, which keeps the drivers on their toes. I think that's a great element to have. I wish all road courses everywhere had a little of that element in it because it is a great variation. The grip level is normally pretty good and you have some really hard braking zones that we all struggle to keep the brakes on the cars and get them cooled. Because of the walls on both sides of the race track, you don't get much of a breeze to help cool the brakes like on a normal road course. There are a lot of different challenges. I think the Krohn Racing team is always up for the challenge and pulling through those. We should have a good shot up there and I'm looking forward to going."

The Montreal race is the only non-USA race on the schedule and really gives the Series an international flavor. Canadian race fans are really terrific and knowledgeable fans. What do you like best about the fans in Montreal?

"I think the fans in Montreal are very similar to the fans we have in Le Mans. Of course Canadians are a little more European to start with and certainly in Montreal. They just know their racing and have a huge passion for motorsports and ice hockey. My heart is very close to both. One of the most fun things is they always put on big promotional events on like the Ford Festival we are participating in on Thursday in downtown. It's always very well attended. I think the drivers are more passionate about their driving because the fans are so passionate and more knowledgeable than the average fan. It makes it more fun because the questions they ask are normally very intelligent and you get to talk about more than just the generic stuff. It's a great thing to have those types of fans at the Grand-Am Rolex Series for the Montreal race."

DAVID BROWN, Krohn Racing Team Manager and Engineer:

Krohn Racing sat out the race last year at Montreal but is returning this year for the penultimate 2010 Grand-Am race and the third race for the Krohn team at the Montreal circuit. How well do you think the circuit is suited for Grand-Am DP cars?

"It's a great venue, aside from the refreshingly cosmopolitan atmosphere of the City itself, the track offers plenty of variety and great overtaking spots. It has a great history, with epic battles in all forms of motorsport having taken place here. It has an unforgiving nature and combines the layout of a road course with the walls of a street circuit. The Grand-Am cars are really in their element at Montreal."

Since we only have two races left on the Grand-Am calendar, please summarize your thoughts for expectations at the remaining two races.

"We still have two more opportunities to demonstrate the true potential of the car and team! Both Montreal and Miller suit us. We are really looking forward to running at these two venues, which we missed last year."

The last time Krohn Racing was here in 2008 Tracy Krohn and Oliver Gavin finished in the Top 10 and Nic and Ricardo were in the Top 6 but had brake problems. How big of an issue is cooling the brakes at this circuit?

"Brakes are a big issue here. It's always been the same, since I first came here in 1986 with F1 we have had issues, but they are not insurmountable and we have come a long way since 2008."

What are some of the other issues to watch for at Montreal?

"The weather is always difficult: Close to the water, the track is seldom used so it's very dirty and low grip, the layout is a real challenge for the drivers and engineers with good grip and balance required of the car. It should be a great weekend and an exciting race!"

The Montreal 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada will be televised live on SPEED on Saturday, August 28 at 2:00 p.m. ET. Live radio coverage of the race will be carried on the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius NASCAR Radio Channel 128, beginning at 2 p.m. You can also view live timing and scoring during the on-track sessions at www.grand-am.com.

-source: kr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Oliver Gavin , Gilles Villeneuve , Tracy Krohn , Nic Jönsson
Teams Krohn Racing