Krohn Racing/TRG Has Tough Day at The Glen Watkins Glen, New York -- Krohn Racing/TRG drivers Nic J0x00f6nsson and Tracy Krohn finished tenth today at Watkins Glen for the Grand American Rolex Series Crown Royal 250. Teammates J0x00f6rg ...
Krohn Racing/TRG Has Tough Day at The Glen
Watkins Glen, New York -- Krohn Racing/TRG drivers Nic J0x00f6nsson and Tracy Krohn finished tenth today at Watkins Glen for the Grand American Rolex Series Crown Royal 250. Teammates J0x00f6rg Bergmeister and Max Papis lead early, but retired from the race on lap 44 to eventually finish seventeenth in DP.
Tracy Krohn started the number 67/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley from the eighth row. The Texan was able run fast laps and stay out of trouble before handing the car over to Nic J0x00f6nsson on lap 24 in 12th position. J0x00f6nsson rejoined the fray and steadily moved forward to run in fourth position. On lap 54 he was forced off line in the Bus Stop chicane and went through the grass. The radiator of number 67/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley was clogged causing the car's engine temperature to rise. The Georgia resident tried to shake it off on track, but had to pit out of fourth place to clear the debris with 12 laps remaining. The pit stop put them back into tenth place.
The number 66 car further exacerbated the tough day for the California based team. In the post qualifying tech inspection on Friday, the car was found to have front nose "kick plates" that were too wide.JAs a result J0x00f6rg Bergmeister had to start the car from the back of the 21 car Daytona Prototype field. The German raged through the pack, by lap 22 he was in sixth and took the overall lead of the race on lap 30. On lap 39 Bergmeister pitted and turned the wheel over to Max Papis. On lap 42 following a restart, the Italian was caught on the outside of turn one; he came back onto the racing surface in front of the number four car which clipped his right rear tire. The tire went flat at the beginning of the esses and came apart tearing at the body work and the oil lines to the motor. He pitted the car and retired it on lap 44.
Max Papis, #66/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley: "I slid to the outside and had to go over the curb in turn one. When I came across the track I did not see the four car and he hit me in the back. That broke something in the back of the car and the tire went flat up into the esses. J0x00f6rg did a good job to get the car back up into the lead. I feel sorry for the team; we had a good shot at winning today."
J0x00f6rg Bergmeister, #66/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley: "I went from last to first. The car had some understeer at the beginning, but it kept getting better the further I got into my stint. Once I got into the lead I was able to gap the guys behind me. Max got in and had some bad luck in turn one. When you get a flat here at the beginning of the lap it is a long way around and the fragmented tire causes a lot of damage."
Tracy Krohn, #67/Krohn Racing/TRG/Pontiac Riley: "I feel like that Wood Chuck that Angelelli hit - I am just trying to get out of the way of hurricanes and cars. It was nice to finish after what Nic went through and the guys in the 66 car. I had a good stint, the car felt good and I was comfortable running fast times. I am not sure we had a winning car, but a podium car for sure."
Nic J0x00f6nsson, #67/Krohn Racing TRG/Pontiac Riley: "I had to avoid the chaos in the esses. I was able to get the car back up into the fight with the front runners. The car was pretty good. I was forced into the grass at the Bus Stop. I tired to shake the debris off, but the engine temperature just kept climbing, I had to pit. We had a good car; I think we could have finished at least third. I am not sure we had much for the front two cars."
Kevin Buckler, team co-owner: "We had a hard day with the 66. J0x00f6rg drove a good first part of the race and led a lot of laps. A tough restart by Max and some contact ended our day early. Tracy had one of his best drives of the year. He was running lap times that were consistent with the top guys on the track at the start. Nic did a good job and I thought for sure we had a podium with them."
The next round of Grand American Rolex Series will be run at Virginia International Raceway on October 9th.