VIR: Krohn Racing/TRG preview

Krohn Racing/TRG Looking to Recover at VIR Petaluma, California -- Krohn Racing/TRG will be looking get back to their competitive form at Virginia International Raceway for round thirteen of the Grand American Rolex Series to be run on ...

Krohn Racing/TRG Looking to Recover at VIR

Petaluma, California -- Krohn Racing/TRG will be looking get back to their competitive form at Virginia International Raceway for round thirteen of the Grand American Rolex Series to be run on Saturday.

Max Papis and J0x00f6rg Bergmeister, driving their number 66/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley, will be trying to add win number two to their seasons dossier. Drivers Christian Fittipaldi and J0x00f6rg Bergmeister are currently third and fourth in laps led in the series with 138 for Fittipaldi and 114 for Bergmeister. This makes the number 66 car the most competitive DP car since the first Watkins Glen weekend.

Bergmeister is looking forward to racing for the first time at VIR.J"I really like the track, especially the esses. The track is pretty narrow, but there are several places to pass. The first couple corners are kind of slow and then the fun begins. We had two good days of testing, so we should have a small advantage, on the first day anyway."

Co-driver Max Papis is hoping for a win with Bergmeister. "Christian and J0x00f6rg won at Phoenix together in the 66 car, now I need to win with J0x00f6rg. The testing we have been doing has been helping us at those particular tracks, but it really helps us to understand the car as a whole. We now can make fast changes during a race weekend and know that we are improving. Both the 66 team and 67 has improved steadily throughout the year. Both cars are capable of winning any race. At VIR qualifying will be important, the track is narrow, but we will want to be at the front of the field for the start."

Team co-owner and driver Tracy Krohn explains the team's midseason success. "It really helps to have two cars and drivers that want to work hard for the team. That way we get to try different setups and gauge the performance of each. We have also done a lot of testing. By doing the testing we get to have a better handle on what we think our basic setups should be. As a result, we can then concentrate on fine tuning traction control and aerodynamics as well as tune for specific weather conditions on the time constrained race weekensds."

"We learned a lot at our test at VIR three weeks ago," said Nic J0x00f6nsson . "We worked hard on the braking, there are some bumps going into a couple of the turns that can upset the car. We were also working on different aero packages, there is a compromise between a high and low downforce setup. We came very close to the pole time of last year so I am looking for another competitive weekend."

"The testing we did a VIR will not only help us this weekend, but in Mexico in November as well," said Kevin Buckler, team co-owner.J"At this point in the season the team expects to run at the front and be in contention for victories. Even when we qualify poorly or have to change motors, those blue cars are not at the back of the pack for long."

J0x00f6rg Bergmeister is currently fourth in Daytona Prototype series points, with 308, teammate Nic J0x00f6nsson is in tenth with 238.

The Grand American Rolex Series will return to Watkins Glen International for round twelve on September 24th. The race will be televised live on the Speed Channel starting at 3:00 p.m. EST.

-kr/trg-

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Grand-Am
Drivers Max Papis , Christian Fittipaldi , Kevin Buckler , Tracy Krohn
Teams Krohn Racing