Watkins Glen II: Krohn Racing race report

Tight, close racing throughout the entire race and especially on the final lap of the Crown Royal 200 race at Watkins Glen International predicated the outcome of the two-hour/82-lap sprint race for the No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley. Colin...

Tight, close racing throughout the entire race and especially on the final lap of the Crown Royal 200 race at Watkins Glen International predicated the outcome of the two-hour/82-lap sprint race for the No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley. Colin Braun passed Max Angelelli for second place following the final restart after the third of three cautions. As they crossed the start/finish on the final lap, the two came together, Colin spun and Angelelli went on to finish second behind six-time winner, the No. 99 Gainsco Pontiac Riley of Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty. Braun and teammate Nic Jonsson, who qualified the car second and turned it over to Braun on Lap 34, had to settle for 11th position.

The No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley of team owner/driver Tracy Krohn and Max Papis suffered a off-course excursion on Lap One when he was squeezed by another car in Turn 5, plowing the nose of the car into the dirt and spinning him around. Power steering problems later in the race caused teammate Max Papis to pit for 15 laps for repairs before Krohn brought it back out for the final seven laps and to a 19th place finish.

The No. 01 Ganassi team and the No. 10 SunTrust team are now tied for first place in the DP Team championship with 349 points. The No. 99 Gainsco Racing team has 345 points and the No. 75 Krohn Racing team maintains fourth place with 308 points.

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

Regarding the first lap off-course incident:

"I went inside. I thought I had the position on him, but he turned in on me. I couldn't slow down. I had someone right behind me so I had to go right on through it. There was no way to get by. I got grooved in there to the wet soil. I spun around a little. I just punctured the nose a little bit. I came in and we replaced the nose and we were able to keep the car on the lead lap."

Regarding Max's power steering problems and pit stop:

"We lost power steering about Lap 56. Max couldn't turn the car. He drove real well for awhile there without much handling. It was locking up on him. It just got too dangerous and we had to bring him in. We tried one little thing and then sent him back out. He still couldn't turn so we had to bring him back in and had to replace relay switch on the power steering. That left me with just a few laps to run at the end. I went out and putted around a little while and finished the race."

Regarding Colin's run at the finish:

"It was fun to watch Colin. He made a great pass. I thought he was going to pass Angelelli and Gurney. He made a really good move and got a good run on both of them. He went inside and got by Angelelli but didn't get by Gurney. I don't know what happened exactly but I think there was some contact with Angelelli at Turn One. He spun out. It was a pretty exciting finish and a good effort."

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

"The mechanics did an awesome job on the pits stops. They kept me on the lead lap. That was awesome, we went out on the lead lap and unfortunately we started having some power steering/electrical problems. The power steering was cutting in and out. We think that was maybe due to the contact we had in the beginning of the race. I took the car back in to the pits to try to fix it because you couldn't drive the car. It's a shame because we had a pretty good car."

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

"We had a good race going. The whole team did a great job. There was a lot of tight, very close racing over the last part of the race. I got on the inside of the 10 car and got by him. We traded places and Max (Angelelli) came out in front. Unfortunately, that's the way racing goes sometimes. I feel bad for all the guys on our team. I thought we had a good, strong second place going."

Nic Jonsson, driver, No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley:

"I had a very good qualifying run. Unfortunately I didn't have a whole lot of time in the car because I came down with the flu. We decided to have Colin drive the car for the most part and get it set up. I think I did seven or eight laps before qualifying. The car was good and I went out there and qualified second, which I was very happy with. The 99 car has been almost unbeatable the last seven or eight races. I think they've been on the front row and had nine poles now, so they are very, very good. Qualifying second for us was an accomplishment.

As far as the start goes, I felt I had a really good start and the stint went well. I came in and gave Colin the car in second (place) after 45 minutes. Colin ran really, really strong the rest of the race until the last lap when he got together a little bit with Max Angelelli. He ended up spinning and finished 11th. We need to figure out how we can beat the 99 car. We can run with anybody except the 99 car. We sure had a podium car but we need to get one of those wins before the end of the season."

Jeff Hazell, Krohn Racing Team Manager:

"On Tracy's car we had an electrical failure caused by his off-track incident on Lap One. The component deteriorated, cut the power steering and then lost all power to the car. It took awhile in the pits to fix it. He then ran the final seven laps of the race. We haven't seen on TV what exactly transpired in the last couple of laps but we know Colin was third, then second. Max (Angelelli) went to take Colin for second place back and they came together. Colin lost some places and had a problem with the car. Nic again did exactly what he was supposed to do in his stint. This is the third race in a row Nic has got in the car and did exactly what was expected of him."

-credit: kr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Nic Jönsson
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