Watkins Glen: Braun post-event notes

Braun Is Grateful That His Car Owner Will Stand Up for His Drivers OVALO, Texas, June 6 - Although 17-year-old Colin Braun did not compete in Saturday's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen Rolex Series race at Watkins Glen International, he left the...

Braun Is Grateful That His Car Owner Will Stand Up for His Drivers

OVALO, Texas, June 6 - Although 17-year-old Colin Braun did not compete in Saturday's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen Rolex Series race at Watkins Glen International, he left the upstate New York road course with the knowledge that he's working with a car owner who will go to the mat for his drivers.

That car owner, Tracy Krohn of Krohn Racing, went as far as to successfully obtain an injunction in a hearing in New York State Supreme Court last Thursday in an effort to ensure that Braun could compete in Saturday's Rolex Series race.

The hearing became necessary after repeated out-of-court efforts by Krohn Racing's lawyers before the race to ensure Braun's participation were not successful. The problem stemmed from contracts in place with another sanctioning body staging a race at Watkins Glen over the weekend, the track, and a tobacco company that sponsors two cars in the other series. The contracts stipulate that no one under the age of 18 can participate in any event on the weekend card.

Braun's parents agreed to the young star's emancipation earlier this year, which legally grants Braun the privileges and responsibilities of an adult. That and other efforts were attempted to solve the problem, but in the end, even though he won the court case, Krohn was forced to put another driver, Boris Said, in the car for the event so that the race could go on as planned and not disappoint the fans, the other competitors, and the live SPEED TV viewing audience.

In a fitting turn of events for Krohn Racing, the car that Braun would have driven won Saturday's race.

"It was an emotional weekend for everyone involved, but I want to thank everyone who tried to help," Braun said. "Tracy certainly went above and beyond what anyone else would have done to try to ensure that I could drive, but in the end he had to do what was best for everyone. I understand that totally.

"It doesn't look like I'll be driving at Infineon in August either, but I'll be back behind the wheel at Mid-Ohio later this month, and hopefully a lot mo re races in the years ahead."

Braun added that a big birthday party is planned for Sept. 22, when he turns 18.

The next Rolex Series race is the EMCO Gears Classic June 23-25 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

-linda mansfield-

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Colin Braun , Tracy Krohn
Teams Krohn Racing