VIR: Krohn Racing race report

The Krohn Racing two-car team did not have the result they had desired at the Bosch Engineering 250 at VIRginia International Raceway for the fourth round of the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. The No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola of team...

The Krohn Racing two-car team did not have the result they had desired at the Bosch Engineering 250 at VIRginia International Raceway for the fourth round of the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.

The No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola of team owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn and Eric van de Poele, finished 12th in today's 77-lap race, despite a drive-thru penalty. The No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola of Nic Jonsson and Ricardo Zonta suffered an electrical component problem and finished 17th in Daytona Prototypes, three laps down from the leaders. The race was won Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, in the No. 01 TELMEX Ganassi Lexus Riley, for the third time this season.

Jeff Hazell, Proto-Auto Lola: "Unfortunately the No 76 car suffered a failure of a proprietary electrical component in the wiring. It was easy to rectify once we got to the pits. We should have finished in third. We had a 7-second lead."

Tracy W. Krohn, team owner/driver, No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola: "The race went okay. The car had a little problem with the timing shift. The car was not shifting up properly, so I had to lift every time I shifted which made it a little bit slower. The car was also having some handling problems, but other than that I thought we race a pretty good stint. I came in on the lead lap, but unfortunately in the driver change, apparently either Eric hit the pit speed limiter or it wasn't connected when we put the steering wheel back on. The limiter was not on when he was leaving the pits and he got a drive-thru penalty. Otherwise, I think we would have finished much better.

Eric had an interesting stint -- he got pushed off once and slipped off the track a bit but didn't lose any positions. All in all, actually the car was okay. We just have some little glitches that were unfortunate things that I felt we should have better control over. But that's the way we learn, so we'll probably end up putting the pit speed limiter someplace else and we'll manage it that way. Other than that, the car was relatively good.

The 76 car had a small electrical failure, but it took them awhile to get that sorted out. Once they did, they got back on the track, so it wasn't a total loss for the day. It's always a shame though because they should have had a much better result."

Eric van de Poele, driver, No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola: "I am very disappointed for the team because of the problem on the other car. With our car, we had very good strategy and it worked very well in the beginning with Tracy, where he ran as high as 3rd position. When we did our driver change, Tracy has to take the steering wheel off and I put it back. When I started to leave the pits, the pit speed limiter was not on anymore. So, I was too fast in the pits and had to do a drive-thru penalty. I lost time and that was really a pity because we lost 30 seconds. Then in a battle on the track, a car pushed me off, so I had a spin. The car that spun me got a penalty. By the time I caught back up to the field, I was one lap down. It was over then and I could only stay in 12th. After that, I was just fighting to try to keep my position. It was very good racing, very hard racing. I had fun but was disappointed for the final position. We could have been much better than this. That's racing. We were very lucky with the yellow and everything was perfect. Again, the pit stop was perfect. The car was reliable and no problem. We are looking forward to being at Laguna. We are going to be better than this weekend."

Nic Jonsson, driver, No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola: "Unfortunately, the electronics shut off a few laps after Ricardo got in. We probably had a car fast enough to finish in 5th or 6th today. We did not have as fast of a car as we had in Mexico. The guys did a good job again. They prepared the car very well. We had no mechanical issues except for this small failure, which you can't really prepare for. That was very unfortunate for the Krohn team today. We have to keep developing the car and trying to make it faster. We were a little bit further off the pace this weekend than we were at either Homestead or Mexico. We have to go back home and try to figure it out before we go to Laguna. We have another test in a week or so and we'll see what we can find there. Hopefully when we show up at Laguna, we'll be more competitive and be able to contend for the podium.

It was great to lead the race. We decided to stay out under caution and we lined-up right behind the pace car. It went green again and in clean air the car ran pretty good. We were able to stay up front and pull away basically. We're okay there but that was with me having low fuel. Tires seem to be very good on the car and last very well. It felt good to be running out front. Hopefully we'll do it more often and nice to get a little taste of leading the race. Hopefully we'll get a little TV time for that for the Proto-Auto Lola. We need to be running consistently up front."

Ricardo Zonta, driver, No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola: "We had a good potential to finish in the Top 5. Nic gave me the car in a good position. About ten laps later my electronics died. I didn't have any more power, no dash or anything. It just switched off completely. I stopped in the middle of circuit in one corner. They pushed me back to the pits and I lost many laps. The mechanics saw the problem was just a connector so I got back out. But it was too late to fight for anything. This race circuit was the most difficult for us. The car was not quick and was difficult to drive over the fast corners. It was very difficult to make the car quicker. The speed of the car this weekend was just not fast. I was trying to push very hard but was so many laps down. I was not close to the DP cars at the end. I was behind GT cars and had to overtake so many cars. Every lap I would overtake three cars. I didn't really have any chance to fight with the DPs in the race. We had good chance to get good points here and many of the leaders had problems. We were in a good place to finish well with the car but it did not happen."

David Brown, Team Manager, Krohn Racing: "We are disappointed that we didn't realize the performance that we wanted. We were not as quick all weekend and the race pace was not particularly quick either. We led the race because of strategy and we had a potentially Top 6 car, which is not good enough and not what we anticipated or what we want. Although we are disappointed for the performance of the car in general, the 75 car achieved points and Tracy did a lot of laps. He drove nearly 40 laps and stopped on the lead lap due to good strategy. Although he achieved points, we didn't get the performance from the car we wanted. We need to go away and have a bit of a think and decide what we're going to do to make the car faster.Tracy got hit by the 01 car at one point. Eric got a drive-thru penalty, which was unfortunate and did a little harm in the results. Overall, we didn't really have a great weekend."

-credit: kr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Nic Jönsson
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