TEAM NEWS: Krohn Racing Iowa Speedway Post-Race Report

Photo by John Thawley The Krohn Racing team had an adventure-filled race at the inaugural Iowa 400 under the lights at Iowa Speedway Friday night, July 13th. As expected, passing was difficult on the short and tight 1.3-mile, 9-turn tri-oval road course.

The No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley of Colin Braun and Max Papis just missed the podium, finishing in fourth place after starting from the eighth position on the grid. It was their third straight top-five finish and a total of five in nine races. The No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley of team owner/driver Tracy Krohn and Nic Jonsson finished just outside the Top 10, in the eleventh position, after starting from 16th in the 192-lap Daytona Prototype night race.

Braun was running third at Lap 100 when Michael Valiante made contact and sent Braun spinning. He quickly returned to action and kept the car on the lead lap. Braun went on to set his car's fastest lap on Lap 181. There were two caution flag for a total of 13 laps in the Prototype-only race won by Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas in the No. 01 Ganassi Lexus Riley.

The No. 01 Ganassi team continues to lead the 2007 Daytona Prototype Team points championship (unofficially) with 272 points. The No. 10 SunTrust team remains second with 252 points and the No. 99 Gainsco Racing closes in on third with 250 points. The No. 75 Krohn Racing team holds fourth place with 237 points.

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

"I think everyone did a great job on the Krohn team. We started out with kind of a rough weekend. We had a few engine problems to start out with and we missed the first practice session. That put us a little bit behind. But we recovered from a bumpy start and ended up having a strong weekend.

Max did a great job in the first stint and brought the car to me in I think eighth. I got in and we were quick. We were very fast. It was tough to make passes but I think we got through traffic pretty well, even on a little track like Iowa. It was just a testament to how good the car was. We got up into third place and after a restart we had contact with the19 car and spun in Turn 4. I got back going in eighth or ninth and drove it back up to fourth. We kind of got ourselves in a good position, lost it and had to do it again. It was unfortunate and I feel really bad for the crew guys but that kind of a thing happens. I guess that's racing."

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

"We had a good race. We didn't hit it right in qualifying as well as we wanted but we recovered very well in the race. The car was very competitive. When I got out of the car I think we had the fastest lap and that time. We were just marching on. It was unfortunate that Colin got used up by Michael Valiante. Valiante prevented us from a third-place finishing position. It was a disappointment for all my guys as well. Everyone worked really well together. In the race our car was definitely the best car we ever had all week long. We made improvements. Now we need to capitalize on what we learned and start at Barber (Motorsports Park) from where we finished here.

My race was dictated in the beginning by the No. 11 car jumping the start and passing people before the start/finish line. He got right in the middle and he shuffled me on the outside. I couldn't do much. I couldn't improve my position at the start, which was a shame. After that, I was just in the car for 40 laps. When I came out of the car I think I was the fastest and we caught up to the field quickly. I think we did a good job to stay out of trouble."

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

"It's never boring. It was a short track, lots of work. We came out okay. I think we had a pretty good result for Nic and I. The car was a little unstable at first. It got better as the tires got worn down and the car became more manageable. It was just a very tight, little track. There were lots of G's on the banking, and then lots of Gs under banking. So, I have to say the track was a pretty fair test for everyone although I'm not sure I would want a regular diet of it. Actually the racing was pretty close and it was a great result for this team.

I think we were treated very poorly with regard to Colin by the standings caused by Michael Valiante. I think it was more than just a racing incident. I'm not sure why the rules are being so ill applied. There's no consistency in the rules. I can't figure it out, so I get confused as to what the real rules are because they seem to change every week. That's a little disappointing. But nonetheless, that's the way it worked out. I've spoken with race officials before and if the guy came inside and went over the curb and knocked you out of the way, then that was penalty. And now apparently it's not. So I just don't know what the rules are anymore. They seem to change. I'm a little bit discouraged by that fact and I don't really know what to do about it. I think the series would stand well to have paid observers like other big series do. And I think that would clear up a lot of issues. You could put eight to ten observers out on the track that are associated with Grand-Am and who have enough experience to understand what's going on and I think that problem would probably go away and the rules would be consistent at that point. They've told us they don't use television to confirm their decisions. I think that part of it is disappointing to us. I think we would have finished on podium.

Nic did a great job. I think we finished very well with the car that we had. I think he closed it off very nicely. We both got an adequate amount of time in the car. I think I put 80-90 laps in and I think Nic put just 100 laps or so. It was pretty close in lap count and everything. I thought it went pretty well. I actually figured it would be a much more physical race than it was. I think having the additional cool suit in there was a great deal for both of us."

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

"Actually we got a much better result than I anticipated, both before the race and 40-50 laps or so into the race. The car was the best it had been all weekend. Both engineers did a good job working together to get the cars where they were in the race. They were very consistent. I had a little bit of a problem the first 15 laps, before the tires got up to temps. I struggled a little bit with the handling but after that the car got very, very consistent. We basically ran the same times as the leaders for most of the stint. I was very pleased with that. Then we finished 11th, after having a lot of problems in the beginning with Tracy getting run into. I'm pleased because I said before the race that we need to finish the race, come home in one piece and score as many points as possible. Today we were ahead of all the guys we are kind of racing for the championship to be in the top 10, so it was a good day."

Jeff Hazell, Krohn Racing Team Manager:

"It was as predicted really. It's not a track that is ideal for racing this type of car. Nevertheless it had it's own challenges. The race had some interesting events we haven't seen before. We can only see it on television, but the event with Colin looks different according to which television camera you viewed it through. So it probably needs a bit of closer scrutiny. Either way, it's a fairly close call.

I thought 11th place was better than we thought we would get with the 76 car actually, so we were happy with that. Perhaps we could have gotten second with the incident, but there are incidents in racing so the results are what they are.

I was very disappointed and felt very mislead about the anticipated attendance for this event. There are either problems with the promoter or a lack of interest in this series. Those issues are much more important than the on-track activity right now."

The next race, Round 10 of 14, will be the Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park on July 19-22, 2007. The race will be televised live on SPEED TV on Sunday afternoon, July 22 at 3:00 p.m. EDT.

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