Krohn Racing/TRG Struggles at VIR Alton, Virginia -- Krohn Racing/TRG drivers Max Papis and Jorg Bergmeister finished eleventh today at the VIR 400 Grand American Rolex Series race. Teammates Tracy Krohn and Nic Jonsson finished twenty-first...
Krohn Racing/TRG Struggles at VIR
Alton, Virginia -- Krohn Racing/TRG drivers Max Papis and Jorg Bergmeister finished eleventh today at the VIR 400 Grand American Rolex Series race. Teammates Tracy Krohn and Nic Jonsson finished twenty-first after dropping out with brake problems.
Jorg Bergmeister started the number 66/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley from the second row. On lap eight Bergmeister had contact with the number four car resulting a flat tire forcing him off the track. By the time he was able to drive through the wet grass on slick tires and pit he had gone down two laps.
On lap 31 Max Papis took over the wheel of the number 66 car and tried to make up as much time as he could. Seven caution periods limited the green flag running and Papis was only able to make up one of the laps.
Teammates Tracy Krohn and Nic Jonsson had a worse day. Krohn started the car from the fifth row and ran consistent lap times, steering clear of the incidents to hand over to Jonsson. Jonsson made his way into the lead on lap 30 and logged more than 16 laps at the front before pitting for fuel. On lap 51 he was going into turn one when the brake pedal went to the floor. The Swede was able to nurse the car around to pit lane, but the repairs were too extensive to perform to complete the race.
Max Papis, #66/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley: "We did all we could do today. Jorg had some bad luck with the tire going down. When I took over the car it was not bad. We were able to run competitive lap times, but we were just too far down to be a factor today."
Jorg Bergmeister, #66/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley: "I was battling at the front when I had contact with the number four car. The contact knocked the valve stem off of my tire and then I went off of the track. It took me a while to get back onto the track through the wet grass with slick tires. We had a good car, but bad luck."
Tracy Krohn, #67/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley: "My stint was clean. There were a lot of guys making a lot of bad moves early. I wanted to focus on staying on the track and running consistent laps. Nic was able to lead a lot of laps, we had a good car. The brake failure was tough, I am glad he was able to get it slowed down. We had a winning car today."
Nic Jonsson, #67/Krohn Racing TRG/Pontiac Riley: "I was going into turn one and got some good initial bite from the brakes and then the pedal went to the floor. I down shifted fast and had to use the transmission to slow the car down. I think it was a master cylinder, those just don't go bad. We had a good car, I was looking forward to battling with the 01 car for the win."
Kevin Buckler, team co-owner: "Valve stem, master cylinder a few parts that just don't break. Tracy had a nice stint and Max proved the speed of the car at the end of the race. We will rebound and plan to be a definite factor at the season finale in Mexico."
The final round of the Grand American Rolex Series will be run on November 5th at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City.