White Lightning partners with Krohn Racing HOUSTON, Texas, May 11, 2006 - White Lightning Racing will partner with Krohn Racing of Houston and carry a new look on its return in June to the world's most famous sports...
White Lightning partners with Krohn Racing
HOUSTON, Texas, May 11, 2006 - White Lightning Racing will partner with Krohn Racing of Houston and carry a new look on its return in June to the world's most famous sports car race.
Official Le Mans entrant, Dale White of White Lightning Racing, is joined today by Krohn Racing's Tracy Krohn, to announce that the two-time Le Mans GT2 class-winning effort will be supported for the French event by Krohn Racing LLC, a leading sports car organization in North America. The No. 90 Porsche will be raced in a new "Krohn-Green Lightning" livery, by Jorg Bergmeister (Langenfeld, Germany), Nic Jonsson (a native of Sweden currently living in Buford, Georgia, USA) and Tracy Krohn (Houston, Texas, USA).
This arrangement between the two racing operations gives Krohn Racing owner/driver, Tracy Krohn, a unique opportunity to race at Le Mans and, with key Krohn Racing staff in attendance, gain experience for future programs. Krohn has also provided his Krohn Racing Grand-Am team drivers Bergmeister and Jonsson who, with Krohn, secured a 5th place at the Daytona 24 Hours this year. The German and the Swede both also drive in the ALMS for Petersen/White Lightning, thus enhancing this co-operation between the two teams with excellent continuity. Krohn's funding and drivers allows White Lightning, wanting to return to Le Mans but concerned about budgetary constraints impacting their American Le Mans Series GT2 title defense, to again challenge for GT2 honors at the French classic. The arrangement also permits Krohn his first inside look at the trials of racing at the 8.6 mile Circuit de la Sarthe for 24 Hours. The deal does not impact on Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing's ALMS program, or Krohn Racing's two car Grand-Am program, and extends only for this year's Le Mans event.
The Porsche 911 GT3 RSR will race on Michelin tires and have the full support of Porsche Motorsports.
As President and CEO of an oil and gas exploration and production company, Houston native Krohn came to auto racing only after climbing to the top of in the world of business. A graduate of the Panoz Racing School, he went on to become runner-up in the 2003 Panoz GT Pro Series. The following year he entered the 2004 American Le Mans Series as joint owner/driver of the Krohn Barbour Racing team, but the Lamborghini Murcielago proved to be too technically troublesome to produce the results required for success. In the same year, Krohn also made two Rolex Series starts and these were enough to convince him to enter the whole series in 2005. The highlight of his first career overall victory at the Six Hours of the Glen event was all the encouragement he needed to set up his own team for the Grand-Am series in 2006.
As one of the most successful ALMS teams to participate at Le Mans in recent years, class winners in 2003 and 2004, the Michael Petersen-owned White Lightning team is automatically considered a top-contender in class. Its entry to the 2006 race is thanks to one of the coveted 'automatic' slots allocated by the Automobile Club de L'Ouest, by virtue of the team having won the GT2 category at the 2005 Petit Le Mans race. Having finished second last year, in a tight battle that lasted the full 24 hours, the team will be keen to regain its place on the top step of the podium.
The No. 90 Porsche will turn its first laps for the 2006 24 Hours of Le Mans event on the official test day on June 4. The four official practice and qualifying sessions are scheduled for June 14 and 15 while the clock will start to countdown 24 hours on June 17 at 5 PM local time.
Tracy Krohn, owner/driver: " I am delighted to have been able to make this happen, and in a way that works for all who now make up this special team that we have brought together for the ACO's centenary event. I have a long held admiration for the Le Mans 24 Hours and I am thrilled to make my first participation with such a professional team of drivers, engineers and technicians.
Dale White, team manager/ entrant: "We are obviously really pleased to welcome Krohn Racing to Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing. The opportunity to race at Le Mans is always an honor and we didn't want to pass that up this year after again receiving an automatic bid. Jorg introduced Tracy to Mike and I and it all just fell into place. We all get along well and everyone is working well together. We are going over with our program and will run our race. We've had a lot of success the last few years and I think that by bringing back Jorg and bringing on Tracy and Nic, who we know well from racing with our ALMS program, we should be strong. Porsche and Michelin are both behind us and very serious. We're going to Le Mans to win."