third-plus Krohn Racing/TRG is ready for a six-hour Rolex Sports Car Series race at Watkins Glen International, after conducting a successful test on the 3.37-mile grand prix road course. Jorg Bergmeister of Langenfeld, Germany, enjoyed his...
Krohn Racing/TRG is ready for a six-hour Rolex Sports Car Series race at Watkins Glen International, after conducting a successful test on the 3.37-mile grand prix road course. Jorg Bergmeister of Langenfeld, Germany, enjoyed his first laps on the New York track, driving the No. 66 Pontiac-powered Riley Mk XI he will share with Christian Fittipaldi of Key Biscayne, Fla.
"We will see how fast we are compared to the others, but the car felt really good. It was my first time at Watkins Glen, but it's definitely one of my favorite tracks now. You have a lot of corners where you can carry in a lot of speed, but you also need to have a really good exit, and they are all pretty fast, which is what I always like," he said. "I like third-gear corners and up; anything below I don't like that much."
Hoosier Racing Tire will introduce a new Daytona Prototype tire specification at Watkins Glen. Nic Jonsson of Buford, Ga., who drives the No. 67 Krohn/TRG Pontiac-Riley with Tracy Krohn of Houston, is anxious to test it: "We're probably going to gain some front grip, which will be good because we've been struggling with a mid-corner push [understeer]. As long as the tire has the same performance and the same durability, I think it will be very good."
Mike Kraemer, Hoosier product manager, agreed. "In the front tire, we increased the lateral stiffness and in the rear, we softened up the construction in some of the modes. The compound is different as well. The change was directed at providing an all-purpose compound that could bridge the gap from banked track to natural road courses. Nic's assesment that mid-corner grip would improve should be accurate ... We have learned that if we fix the beginning and the end, the middle part of the corner takes care of itself."
Christian Fittipaldi competed in a NASCAR Winston Cup race at Watkins Glen in 2003. He is looking forward to lapping the track in the Rolex Series Daytona Prototype class.
"The Cup car is definitely a lot slower, in general slower down the straightaways and slower in the corners. It has a lot more movement because it's a much heavier car, bigger, softer," he noted. "The DP is closer to what a single-seater feels like -- nimble, a lot quicker than the Cup car. If both of them were running the same track, in my opinion, the DP would be about eight to 10 seconds per lap quicker. There's not a lot of difference on the straight, but there's a lot of difference cornering."