Montreal: Krohn Racing race report

Krohn Racing had a challenging race Friday afternoon in the inaugural Montreal 400 race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. Both cars suffered setbacks in the race filled with five cautions for approximately 26 laps of a total 68-lap...

Krohn Racing had a challenging race Friday afternoon in the inaugural Montreal 400 race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. Both cars suffered setbacks in the race filled with five cautions for approximately 26 laps of a total 68-lap race, and neither car finished in the Top Ten.

The No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley of qualifying driver Nic Jonsson, who put the car on the second row in the fourth position, was relinquished to co-driver Colin Braun at the first caution. While battling with brakes and traffic on the narrow track, Braun came together with a couple of cars, causing body and wheel damage. With just 68 laps completed in the anticipated 92-lap race/two and one-half hour race, the No. 75 Krohn entry of Braun and Jonsson had to settle for 14th position.

The No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley of qualifying driver and team owner Tracy Krohn started from the 15th position. Krohn endured two spins before handing over the reigns to teammate Max Papis at the fourth caution. Papis managed to bring the car within shot of the Top Ten before finishing 12th after the final restart. Krohn increased his lead in the Truman Award with his lengthy drive on the Canadian circuit on an island in the St. Lawrence River.

The No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley of Max Angelelli and Jan Magnusson took their second victory of the season. The No. 91 Pontiac Riley of Matthews/Riley Racing finished second and the No. 99 Gainsco Pontiac Riley of Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty were third.

The No. 01 Ganassi team continues to lead the 2007 Daytona Prototype Team points championship (unofficially) by just two points over the No. 10 SunTrust team (319-317). The No. 99 Gainsco Racing team is third with 310 points. The No. 75 Krohn Racing team continues to maintain fourth place with 276 points.

Tracy W. Krohn, team owner/driver, No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley:

"There was a lot of contact in the race. I don't think anybody got out of the race unscathed. I was hit pretty early on and spun around. I had some difficulties under braking. The track is pretty unforgiving so when something happens or you make a mistake it's hard to catch back up. The car was actually quite good. It was fun. It was spectacular to watch from the inside of the cockpit. I'm sorry there were so many yellows. I know that can't be the optimal thing for the fans but it was fun being in the cockpit.

It was a big crowd for a Friday afternoon. I know that certainly having NASCAR there is a big boost for the crowd. Canadians certainly like their motorsports. It's a very good spectator track. I think the track itself is well maintained. It is narrow and certainly one of the more challenging tracks we drive or have driven. This is the first time I've been on it, but I'd like to come back here again."

Max Papis, driver, No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley:

"I felt we had a very good car. Our goal was to get Tracy as many laps in the car as we could to get an increase in points for the Truman Award. We had a very fast car and it was very difficult to pass on this track. The team did a great job all weekend. (Race Engineer) Jeff Braun did a great job by putting me up there with the top pack of guys with times and Tracy did a really good job on set-up. I had to be a globetrotter between the Busch garage and the Grand-Am garage. At the end, we achieved what we wanted by increasing the Truman Award points for Tracy and having a good, solid race for the No. 76 guys. I enjoyed what I could contribute and I'm pleased that Tracy could increase his lead on the Truman Award.

I'm very excited for the Busch race on Saturday. We're running progressively better every session and ended up fourth today which IJhope I can repeat that same performance in qualifying Saturday. It's going to be a very long race with lots of attrition. I'm going to do everything I can to stay out of trouble. Tracy is going to attend the race tomorrow and I want to give him the satisfaction of seeing me run well."

Colin Braun, driver, No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley:

"Overall, this was a tough track. Everyone was bumping into each other. The race was filled with lots of banging and we had some brake problems. It was a tough race. The Krohn guys did a really good job. I feel bad for team that we had all these problems. It was a challenging race -- a tough place to pass and there were a lot of cars here. I think we can go to Watkins Glen and get a good finish."

Nic Jonsson, driver, No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley:

"We managed to qualify well, on the second row in fourth. I had only had about six laps in this car prior to qualifying, although I'd been testing in the Busch car. On the start, Carpentier tried to get a jump on me. I basically tried to nurse the car because early on the brake stuck. We decided to do a driver change on the first caution and I brought the car to the pits in fourth place. Colin drove the rest of the race. Unfortunately he had a little problem and got a damaged nose and wheel. It was really hard to pass at the track. Our finish was not the greatest but we go back to Watkins Glen next week and hope to take 1 -2 for Krohn Racing."

Nic will race in Saturday's Busch race then fly home to see a new family member. Max, an 8-pound, 4 oz. baby boy was born to Nic and his wife, Helene, Thursday, August 2nd in Georgia. Life will definitely change for Nic when he gets home!

Jeff Hazell, Krohn Racing Team Manager:

"It was good and we've moved Tracy forward in the Truman points. Unfortunately someone ran into him and Colin had some coming together as well that caused a damaged body and damaged wheel. We never really got that car right after the first stop. That was our day. It wasn't great but we'll have the cars repaired for the Watkins Glen race next weekend. The problem was that there was nearly 50 % yellow and 50 % green, about one hour of yellow and one and one-half hour of green racing. That was not great for anyone. The race at the front was very good but we never ran more than about 12 laps at a time. However, there were some interesting bits about it."

The next race, Round 12 of 14, will be at the popular Watkins Glen International circuit in Watkins Glen, New York for the Crown Royal 200 at the Glen on August 9-10, 2007. The race will be televised tape delay on SPEED TV on Friday night, August 10 at 10:00 p.m. EDT.

-credit: kr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Nic Jönsson
Teams Krohn Racing