Krohn Racing Victorious at New Jersey Grand-Am
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Krohn Racing posted their first victory in the Proto-Auto Lola Ford today at the Verizon Wireless 250 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, in Millville, New Jersey. Round 3 on the 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series schedule was a race filled with rain from start to finish. The treacherous conditions could not stop the No. 76 Krohn Racing Ford Lola of Nic Jönsson and Ricardo Zonta.

The No. 76 entry was clearly the dominant car on the wet 2.25 mile, 14-turn road course. Jönsson, originally from Sweden and now living in Buford, Georgia, took the lead on lap 14 until lap 35 when he turned the car over to Zonta. Coming out of the pit stop in sixth position, Zonta of Curicuba, Brazil, took his time to climb to the top of the leaderboard, capturing the top spot on lap 58. He masterfully pulled away from the struggling field to win with a 44.752 margin of victory in the 87 lap race.


QUOTES:

TRACY W. KROHN, Team Owner/Driver Krohn Racing:
"This is a real boost for Krohn Racing. The car's been good. It is certainly a team effort but it takes two really professional caliber drivers to win under these kinds of conditions. Nic and Ricardo did a fantastic job with the car today. The team has done a great job all year, especially today.

I don't know what the time was we had for driver change and fuel but I know it was really quick. I could tell from the television coverage. They got in and out really quick on the pit stop. Ricardo just ate it up. He was very patient with his moves. I don't think the car has a scratch on it. That's a testimony to real professionalism on a day like today. Normally in the rain you're going to get some kind of collateral damage at least. The car looks good. The team looks good. I appreciate everybody's effort. This is a really professional effort from everybody involved. My only regret is that I'm not there. Wish I could have been there racing today because I know the car is going to be good in the rain.

We dropped one car and I stepped out to focus on what I think is the best business opportunities I've ever seen in my lifetime. We needed a little bit of time to take advantage of that."


NIC JONSSON, Driver, No. 76 Krohn Racing Ford Lola:

"We qualified fourth and the guys got the car put together well. We had rain all day but we had a good car in the rain. I got a good start and got up to P3 in Turn 1. A yellow came out right away for a few laps. I took the lead about 15 minutes in to the race (on Lap 14) and stayed out front. There were some cautions periods and it got pretty treacherous out there. When the rain started coming down harder, it started developing puddles on the track. It was a good move on Grand-Am's part for safety to throw the caution when it got so bad out there.
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