Watkins Glen II: Krohn Racing/TRG race report

Krohn Racing/TRG Finishes Third at Watkins Glen Watkins Glen, New York -- Krohn Racing/TRG drivers Jorg Bergmeister and Christian Fittipaldi raced their number 66/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley to third place this evening in the Grand American...

Krohn Racing/TRG Finishes Third at Watkins Glen

Watkins Glen, New York -- Krohn Racing/TRG drivers Jorg Bergmeister and Christian Fittipaldi raced their number 66/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley to third place this evening in the Grand American Rolex Series COMPUSA 200 at The Glen. The companion prototype driven by Tracy Krohn and Nic Jonsson had engine problems which ended their day early.

Following a full day and nights work on the number 66 car as a result of Bergmeister's qualifying crash, the team was not able to partake in the last practice session yesterday. Extensive damage to the car meant that he had to line-up on the front row of the grid without so much as a hardship lap.

Starting from the outside front row, Jorg Bergmeister was able to storm into the lead on lap 15. A two stop pit strategy by the team had the German come in on lap 20, surrendering the lead of the race. Co-driver Christian Fittipaldi took over the car in 16th position as result of the early stop. Fittipaldi drove through the field battling cars with fresher tires the last third of the race.

Tracy Krohn started the number 67/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley in tenth and ran into engine issues early. On lap five Krohn radioed that the car was down on power. He pitted on lap 20 for repairs, handing over to Jonsson only to retire the car three laps later.

Jorg Bergmeister, #66/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley: "I was able to take the lead early on in the race. The team's strategy had me pitting early, so I only drove 20 laps. They did a great job to put the car back together after my accident in qualifying. It was nearly perfect. Christian had a great drive against the field on old tires, so a podium for us today is a good result."

Christian Fittipaldi, #66/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley: "When I got into the car early in the race it was really good. The crew's hard worked really paid off. At the end of the race the tires were really going away. We got the late race yellow and that helped me to cool them down a little. I had to be pretty defensive at the end. The strategy today was safe; I think if we could have tuned the car a little more in the practice that we missed, maybe we could have done even better."

Tracy Krohn, #67/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley: "At the start the car was really good. On lap five it just seemed to lay down on the power. We tried to fix it; the guys were working hard to get us back out there, but no luck."

Nic Jonsson, #67/Krohn Racing TRG/Pontiac Riley: "There was no warning of the engine issue in practice yesterday. It is just one of those things that happens in racing. I was in the top three all of the practice sessions and Tracy was really on the pace. We were hopeful for a good day, but it wasn't to be."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Nic Jönsson
Teams Krohn Racing