VIR: Krohn Racing race report

Another Podium Finish for Krohn Racing at VIR The VIR 400k at VIRginia International Raceway proved to be another exciting Grand-Am Rolex Series race at the historic 3.27-mile, 17-turn rolling green circuit. Krohn Racing's Colin Braun and ...

Another Podium Finish for Krohn Racing at VIR

The VIR 400k at VIRginia International Raceway proved to be another exciting Grand-Am Rolex Series race at the historic 3.27-mile, 17-turn rolling green circuit. Krohn Racing's Colin Braun and "Mad" Max Papis, who both led the 400 kilomter/77 lap/two and a half hour race, finished second at the end. Krohn Racing owner/driver Tracy Krohn and Nic Jonsson, who ran as high as fifth, finished tenth overall in a good run for the duo.

Colin Braun, who duplicated his Mexico City feat after being awarded his second pole position start this year, had a nearly flawless run. Braun led the 21-car Daytona Prototype field for nearly all of his driving stint except for when he pitted for tires and fuel under the first caution on Lap 7. He gained back the lead and maintained it despite briefly dropping off track momentarily until he pitted the second time and turned over the car to teammate Max Papis on Lap 44.

Papis retook the lead on Lap 47 while under caution and maintained it until Max Angelelli, in the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley, got past him under braking on Lap 52 and held onto it until the end. Angelelli had just a 3.5-second margin of victory over Italian rival Papis. Papis and Braun continue to hold third in the points championship with 107, 20 down from new leaders Angelelli and Jan Magnusson. Scott Pruett is second with 116 points.

Team owner/driver Tracy Krohn, who started 16th on the grid in the No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley, got bumped a few times during his stint and turned it over to teammate Nic J0x00f6nsson under the first caution. Jonsson was able to climb as high as fifth and brought the No. 76 car home in the tenth position, their second Top 10 in four races.

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

"It was a good race. My stint was really good. I think I got in a rhythm and saving the tires paid off. We were doing better than anyone else, I think, about preserving the tires and still being quick. We were working a lot on getting the car to be good over the long run. David (Brown, Krohn Racing Engineer) and Max did a great job getting the car consistent on both new and old tires. There were no issues in the first stint, and it was actually pretty uneventful. Max got in and did a really good job with the car. This whole team is doing a really great job. We're all getting good at working together and we've got it figured out. We're going to test this week and hope to challenge for the win at the next race."

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

"I want to congratulate all of my Krohn Racing team. Colin drove a fantastic race. I was struggling a little big getting into the corner under braking. There was not much I could do. I tried to keep Angelelli behind me as much as I could. We didn't have much for him today. They were really the class of the field. I tried to stay with him and keep pressure on him so he couldn't drive away. We have to work a little bit on the set-up of the car, but I was very proud. We did a great job. We worked really well all weekend. Colin did a superb pole position. Although we were not 110% today in the race, we showed that we are a championship contender team. Finishing second is the first loser, but we also gained towards the championship. Everyone did a superb job - Colin was great, we all worked well together, improved the car, and I am really ecstatic how we're gelling and coming together as a team. We're going to be back. The win is pretty close and we're working on it. With Colin and the Krohn Racing people, we'll make it happen."

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

"There was lots of bumping going on all weekend. Both Nic and I had a lot of contact. Early in the race I was going into turn 1 and saw (Jim) Matthwews come in on me. I let him out and dove in behind him, but got in the middle of both of Matthews and Aldhaff. Alhadeff took a little bit of damage but that can happen when trying to force two cars inside. It didn't cause much damage to us though, just superficial."

"The kid (Colin) did a great job this weekend; got another pole and led the field by nearly 15 seconds before the caution came out, which wasn't beneficial to us. But it was a pretty good weekend all in all."

"We finished in the Top 10. The car was pretty good. Under ordinary circumstances, I would be pleased. I'm a little disappointed though because I think we could have done a little better. We're getting better and we'll win our fair share. I'm looking forward to Laguna and that will be a good chance for us."

Nic Jonsson, driver, No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley: "We had a Top 6 or 7 car, I think. We should have been there. Had I gotten by Patrick (Long), we could have been. I watched Patrick Long's antics with great interest. I'm sure Grand-Am saw them as well. We got up to fifth and kept gaining time and getting by people. We were fifth three laps before I pitted, then came out in eighth. We were a little long on the fueling stop. We'll take the Top10 finish though and get ready for the next round."

Jeff Hazell, Krohn Racing Team Manager:

"Colin was really perfect. He had a little problem with the brake, which caused him to go off briefly. Otherwise it was a perfect weekend for him. Max had a car that had too much oversteer, but he held onto second. He and Colin maintain third in the championship. Nic drove himself from18th to fifth. It was a terrific drive, very impressive."

The next Grand-Am race, Round 5 of 14, will be the U.S. Sports Car Invitational at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California May 17-20, 2007.

-credit: kr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Nic Jönsson
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