Krohn Racing Retires From Le Mans

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Krohn Racing Withdraws Following Engine Failure at 24 Hours of Le Mans

After leading the GTE-Am class on several occasions during the 2011 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Krohn Racing Ferrari team of owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn, with drivers Nic Jönsson and Michele Rugolo, had to withdraw at 2:05 a.m. local time following an engine failure.

Nic Jönsson had spent over three hours in the cockpit, beginning at approximately 9:45 p.m., with over two hours of that under caution during the second lengthy caution period following an accident in which the Audi was involved. Jönsson relinquished the cockpit to Michele Rugolo just before 1:00 a.m. He only drove for about 30 minutes before he felt the motor go without warning. He had to park trackside and get a ride back to the pits, where the team awaited.

#57 Krohn Racing Ferrari F430: Tracy Krohn, Nic Jonsson, Michele Rugolo
#57 Krohn Racing Ferrari F430: Tracy Krohn, Nic Jonsson, Michele Rugolo

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Jeff Hazell, Krohn Racing Motorsports Manager:
“It is very disappointing. We’ve had engine problems all week. The first fresh engine failed to run properly in practice and qualifying and the race engine lasted less than 12 hours and failed completely on the race track.

During the race the car had been running without any problems and between fifth and first place in class, depending on how the pit tops fell. So clearly the engine rebuilders at Michelotto have work to do.”

-source: krohn racing

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Nic Jönsson
Teams Krohn Racing
Tags ferrari, krohn, krohn racing, rugolo