TEAM NEWS: Krohn Racing Post Mid-Ohio Race Report

Photo by John Thawley The Krohn Racing team took its third podium in the Daytona Prototype class Saturday, June 23rd, in the EMCO Gears Classic presented by KeyBank race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley of qualifying driver Max Papis and co-driver Colin Braun finished in third place in the seventh of 14 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car races this season.

The polesitting No. 99 Gainsco Pontiac Riley of Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty took their third victory, two in a row, in the 111-lap, two-and-one half hour race at the 2.258-mile road course, on which passing seemed nearly impossible.

Krohn's sister car of team owner/driver Tracy Krohn and Nic Jonsson both started and finished the No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley in the 17th position.

The No. 01 Ganassi Lexus Riley team of drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas continue to lead the 2007 Prototype points championship (unofficially) with 212 points. The No. 75 Krohn Racing entry maintains fourth place in the championship with 179 points.

Tracy W. Krohn, team owner/driver, No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley:

"Today was a pretty long day. We had some handling problems in the initial part of the race. We overcame it a bit and by that time we were a little behind. All in all, the car was pretty good. In my second stint, we cracked the header about midway through the stint so it slowed it down a little bit. All in all, we didn't quite nail the set-up. Nic did a great job. The team did a great job. The team result with Colin and Max in third was just fantastic.

"It was a good show and it had to be a good race for television, an outstanding race to watch for the second-third-fourth and fifth places at the end. I thought it was a good race from my point of view watching those guys. Mid-Ohio is a great track and it's always great being there. It is always a challenge. The car was not quite what we hoped, but we made it through the race. We're looking forward to Daytona and we know we have a great set-up for Daytona, so we'll look for that one next."

Nic Jonsson, driver, No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley:

"It was pretty rough today. Tracy started out and did a good job. Eight or nine minutes before I got in, we got a lap down. Then I got in and one of the leaders got right behind me when I got out on new tires. It took five to six laps to get the temps (temperatures) up. We got word on the radio from the officials that I had to let him by. I was chasing the 'lucky dog' guy who was right in front of me. I had to let those guys (leaders) by and once my tires came in and I was much faster but was not allowed to pass them back. I couldn't get up to the 'lucky dog' position, so it hindered me from racing. We put Tracy back in and he did a good second stint and ended up 17th."

Max Papis, driver, No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley:

"We really have to take off the hats to David Brown and all the guys on the team because we started the weekend not very good and we ended up on the podium. That's a great improvement. I felt than on my stint, the track was very green in the beginning. I was very cautious about not abusing my tires. I tried to back off and have patience in the beginning to wait for the grip from the track. I was able to push the last 12 laps and close up the gap to the No. 01 car, our closest contender. My goal was getting into the pits as close as possible, having a good in-lap and giving the car to Colin with the closest margin compared to the leader.

"I want to say hats off to the 99 car. They were the class of the field, but we are working to close up the gap. It was great to be on the podium again. Colin, as usual, did a good job in the car and was able to stay trouble-free and he drove a very smart race. We were able to capitalize on the 58 car when they were short on fuel. Today we maximized everything we had in our hand."

Colin Braun, driver, No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley:

"The race went really well. We didn't start out this weekend as we would have liked to but the crew guys and David Brown (race engineer) did a heck of a job. The crew guys really worked their butts off this whole weekend and my thanks go to those guys. They worked so hard. We forced the car into being a good, competitive car. Max and I just got to drive it. It was a very hard race but certainly was close and tight and there was hardly any room to pass. It was so close that it almost made it no fun because you couldn't even try to pass.

"This race was great for us. I'm sure it will help us out with the points. We have a test coming up at Barber (Motorsports Park), where we can learn even more, and hopefully be as competitive as the 99 car has been lately."

Jeff Hazell, Krohn Racing Team Manager:

"With regard to the 76 car, the race director misinterpreted Nic's speed and harshly caused him to let some cars by. Regarding the 75 car, we were very tight on fuel at the end of the race. David Brown (race engineer) called the fuel exactly right. We slept through most of the race until we thought we were going to be tight on fuel, and then it got our attention. We are all rather humiliated by the speed on the 99 car and we have work to do. It wasn't a bad weekend but we are always unhappy when we are not in first place. Just being on the podium is not enough."

The next race, Round 8 of 14, will be the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway on July 5, 2007. The race will be televised live on Thursday night, July 5th, on SPEED TV at 8:00 p.m. EDT.

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