VIR: Krohn Racing race report

The Krohn Racing team came to the Bosch Engineering 250 race at VIRginia International Raceway determined to show their mettle in the 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series championship. That was not meant to be when starting driver Nic Jonsson got...

The Krohn Racing team came to the Bosch Engineering 250 race at VIRginia International Raceway determined to show their mettle in the 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series championship. That was not meant to be when starting driver Nic Jonsson got hit from behind on the second lap.

After discovering right rear suspension damage, the Krohn Racing team withdrew the No. 76 Krohn Racing Proto-Auto Lola Ford, as the time to make repairs left the car more than 10 laps down, too lengthy a time in a two hours and 45 minute sprint race.

Nic Jonsson, driver, No. 76 Krohn Racing Ford Lola: "It's obviously very disappointing. We had a very good car again. The guys have done a great job. We had a good start where we came from sixth up to fourth on the first lap. I was fighting a little bit in turn one for position there. I was not really going to fight it too hard early in the race, so I just let the 61 car go by. It was a clean pass on his part. I made a corner than then coming out of Turn One I got nailed by the 58 car coming off the corner. It bent the toe link and pierced the rear right rim wheel. We just had to come in and park it. It's very unfortunate after this long break; we were looking forward to coming back and racing. It's unfortunate that w can't go back racing clean. We just have to play by the rules, I guess, and try to come back in New Jersey."

Ricardo Zonta, driver, No. 76 Krohn Racing Ford Lola: "It is a disappointment. The car was very good. We must come back at New Jersey and fight for the win."JJDavid Brown, Team Manager/Engineer, Krohn Racing: "In a situation like this the best teams bounce back to the surface and that's exactly what we're going to do."

Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, drivers of the No. 99 Gainsco Pontiac Riley, claimed victory in the Bosch Engineering 250, completing 81 laps.The next Grand-Am race, Round 3 of 12, will be the Verizon Wireless 250 at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ on May 1-3, 2009. That race will be televised live on May 3 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

-credit: kr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Nic Jönsson
Teams Krohn Racing