New Jersey Race: Rain and More Rain Led the Way for a Krohn Victory
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Krohn Racing took victory on what was a very dreary and wet day.
The rain never let up in a two hours and forty five minute race. The drivers and teams struggled with near zero visibility as rooster tails eliminated nearly all visibility for all but the leading cars.

At the start of the race, Mark Patterson made an aggressive move down the inside of the front straight away before finding the back of Ricky Taylor's Daytona Prototype. Patterson and Taylor were eliminated from contention with the front straight accident and the course was sent under its first yellow flag condition.

As the race wore on, accidents continued to happen as the rain continued to fall. With nearly an hour and a half remaining in the race, Mark Raufaff decided to put the track under full course caution as the rain continued to come down harder.

When three green flag fell with 90 minutes remaining in the event, prior events would seem to indicate that the field would soon be slowed for caution relatively soon. Instead the race ran full green the remaining portion of the race. Nic Jonnson and Ricardo Zonta brought home the checkered flag in the one car Krohn Racing effort. The last forty four laps were run under green, matching the forty four second margin of victory that the team built prior to the checkered. Second place went to Max Angelelli and Brian Frisselle in the Sun Trust Racing machine. Third place went to the Penske Racing duo of Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard.

In the GT class, the Farnbacher Loles machine also built up a forty second plus lead over the second place finishing TRG entry. Dirk Werner and Leh Keen shared the winning Porsche. The TRG entry was driven by Ted Ballou and Spencer Pumpelly. Third went to the Porsche of Bryan Sellers and Eric Lux. With 33 minutes to go, Dirk Werner took over the lead, passing Spencer Pumpelly. Sellers was also on the move, closing the gap to third. With 25 minutes left in the race, Sellers was only 1 second behind Andy Lally.
Werner meanwhile had opened a 14 second lead over the second place car.

"Yesterday, believe it or not, I learned a little bit from the KONI car," Pumpelly said. "We learned about how the car behaves over a stint, usually the cars are not very similar. We took a little bit of a gamble on the setup and it turned out right. Our biggest issue was with our rear tires. That issue is with the life that we get out of them. If I had to do it again, I would have put on fresh rears when we stopped the last time. I think when I took the lead I might have been a little too aggressive with the car and the tires. I was struggling there at the end. It was a great day for TRG. I think we have the points lead back."

Afterward, DP winner Zonta - from Curicuba, Brazil - revealed that the team had an additional challenge besides the weather.

"We did not have radio [communication]," he said. "So, I had no information during the race. We were last on the restart (on Lap 44) so I had to catch everybody. I tried to push as hard as I could.

"The car was excellent. The conditions, they were changing a lot out there."

Krohn Racing is learning on the fly about their potential. Jonsson - a native of Sweden now living in Buford, Ga. - pointed out that this is only the second year for the team using the Lola chassis, and this season marks a return to Ford engines for the first time since 2006.

"We're starting to be competitive everywhere we go," Jonsson said.

Sunday's race, Round 3 of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16, started amid a steady rain - on an increasingly challenging 2.25-mile, 14-turn road course. Conditions got the upper hand on competitors immediately, in the form of a two-car Daytona Prototype mishap on the very first turn of the opening lap of the two-hour, 45-minute event. The wreck involved two cars - and ruined the chances of the race's defending champions repeating.

Mark Patterson, sharing the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley with Ozz Negri - they won here last<
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