Watkins Glen: Krohn Racing race report

The Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen race at historic Watkins Glen International, round six of 14 in Grand-Am Rolex Spots Car Series competition, brought another victory for the No. 01 Ganassi Lexus Riley of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas. Krohn...

The Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen race at historic Watkins Glen International, round six of 14 in Grand-Am Rolex Spots Car Series competition, brought another victory for the No. 01 Ganassi Lexus Riley of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas.

Krohn Racing had a good run, with each car leading the race. Ricardo Zonta lead for six laps (lap 150-155) before having to make a final stop for fuel on lap 165 of 179 laps. Jonsson led a single lap, lap 108, before being called in for a pit stop. Qualifying driver Zonta and co-driver Nic Jonsson, in the No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola, finished 10th overall in the 45 car field. The sister car of team owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn and qualifying driver Eric van de Poele finished 14th after starting seventh on the grid on the 3.4-mile, 11-turn Watkins Glen, New York road course.

Krohn, Jonsson and van de Poele left the track immediately after the race to hop a private plane to fly to Le Mans, France for next week's 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The trio will drive the No. 83 Risi-Krohn Ferrari 430GT in the GT2 class in an attempt to defend or better their second place class finish last year.

Tracy W. Krohn, team owner/driver, No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola: "Every week that we race, the car gets just a little bit better. We get in to the race trim a little bit quicker. With me, we had some driver overheating problems today. The cool suit wasn't working properly, so it was a little tough on me. Finally we came in a put some ice in the cool suit. The car is just a little too hot inside at this point. We'll get it cooled down eventually. We'll get that taken care of. Ricardo and Nic had a great run for a long time. They had a little tactical error with the pit strategy that was definitive for their race. But the car was good all the way, as was ours. I have no complaints about the car. The car is getting better and better every week and we just keep plugging away at it and we're going to have a helluva car here in a few weeks."

Eric van de Poele, driver, No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola: "I had a good first stint, very good. I did a double (stint). Everything was good, no problems. When I got back in the car for my next session, I had a steering wheel problem and I had to stop on the track to put it back on. They (race officials) gave me a drive-thru penalty, although it didn't change anything because we were two laps down. It was really difficult to come back. This track is fantastic, and the car was really, really good and very competitive. I'm just waiting for the next race now. There's no more excuse. We have to fight. It's a long way and difficult to catch the front. I'm very confident for the future. No other team really deserves better. I will do my maximum. This team deserves much better than this. It's going to come."

Nic Jonsson, driver, No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola: "All the guys did a fantastic job after the incident we had yesterday in qualifying (Ricardo Zonta went off into the tire wall at Turn 8). They rebuilt the car overnight and the car was obviously very quick. The car started from the back and we worked our way up. We were in the top three or four when I got in. I kept it there in the top three or four and even led a lap. We had a very good, quick, steady pace. The car worked perfectly fine mechanically. I think we had a podium car again. We had the speed but unfortunately were caught out by a yellow. We had actually decided to pit that same lap that the yellow came out. We missed it by about 10 seconds. If the yellow would have come out 10 seconds later, we would have been on pit lane and the race would have looked completely different. But we had to come in with about 20 minutes to go to top off and that dropped us from second down to tenth. It just wasn't enough time to work our way back up. Unfortunately, we can't seem to be able to catch a break. We have a car that has the speed now. The guys have done a fantastic job both at Lola and back home in the shop. It just has to happen sooner or later.

Ricardo Zonta, driver, No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola: "We had a car to win the race. We tried to stretch it out and were reaching for the yellow to come. But it didn't come and we had to pit. We lost many positions because of this strategy. The car was very good. I overtook many cars in the race. It was good. I drove for four hours, so I'm very exhausted."

David Brown, driver, Team Manager, Krohn Racing: "We are obviously very, very disappointed to not have finished in the position which would have given a good demonstration of the performance we had in the car. Of course that would have been in the first three somewhere. We didn't achieve that and it obviously is a cause of great disappointment. We had an issue with the car, which meant that we couldn't stop for the last fuel stop at the same time as everybody else did. Just at the very point where we could stop and we decided to come in, there was a yellow. That absolutely ruined us. We'd had it then. We could either pit under yellow and go to the back, which we would have done, or we could stay out and brave it and see if there was enough yellow to get us to the end. There wasn't enough, so we finally decided we would stop anyway and put enough fuel to get to the end. The car has been reliable and well put together, even though we had quite a big accident yesterday during qualifying. The guys worked until one o'clock in the morning preparing it, then slept about six hours. It was a great effort on their part. The drivers did very well. We still need to demonstrate our true colors. We're always fast but we never get a good result. I guess we need to just keep plugging away. Eventually we will achieve the results we think we deserve. They'll come."

-credit: kr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Nic Jönsson
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