Krohn Racing Post-Race Report from Daytona Grand-Am
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Krohn Racing team owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn and teammate Eric van de Poele captured a Top 10 finish in their return to the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series on July 4th at Daytona International Speedway. Krohn started from the 15th position on the grid and got as high as seventh place before turning the car over to his Belgian teammate, van de Poele, who brought home the No. 75 Krohn Racing Ford Lola in the ninth position for the Brumos Porsche 250, a 70-lap, two hour and twenty minute race.

The No. 76 Krohn Racing Ford Lola of Nic Jönsson and substitute driver Darren Turner, who filled in for Ricardo Zonta, finished 16th in class, 30th overall. Zonta was competing this weekend in the Nextel Stock Car Championship series in his home country, Brazil. Turner qualified the car and started from the third row, in the sixth position. A footing error on Lap 6 sent Turner on an off-road excursion and caused damage to the Proto-Auto Lola, including replacement of the rear wing. After a lengthy pit stop for the No. 76 Krohn entry, Turner returned to the track five laps down. Jönsson got in on Lap 30 and drove until the last 10 minutes of the race. A heavy vibration caused the team to park the car just five laps from the checkered flag.

Tracy W. Krohn, Team Owner/Driver of the No. 75 Krohn Racing Ford Lola:
"It was really a pretty good race. I had a little bit of an incident early in the race at Turn 1. I don't' know who it was but they nearly knocked me into the tire barrier going into Turn 2. I managed to get the car straight again and kept my eyes forward and just kept running. Going into Turn 1 after the first yellow, I had a little kickback on the Brakes and flat spotted a tire, inside left. It vibrated like hell for 20 laps. It was unbelievable!

The car was pretty solid. It came off the corners pretty good and held together well. The guys did a good job on the one yellow flag pit stop and we picked up a position there. Basically the car was solid all day. Eric did a really good job keeping the car up on the lead lap and running with some of the top guys. Overall it was a pretty good day and it was nice to get back in the car again."

Eric van de Poele, Driver, No. 75 Krohn Racing Ford Lola:
"I think we had very good strategy. Tracy drove really, really well. He was only one and a half or two seconds off the pace. Really fantastic! When I jumped in the car it was very good. I went to pass the No. 6 car, I think, and after that there was a red Porsche who closed the door in the last moment and hit me on the front right. After that incident my car was a little bit off on the geometry on the front so I had to fight for the entire race to try to keep the pace and to keep my position. I ended up losing two positions at the end when I went from 7th to 9th. But it was a good fight. The car was very reliable, very well prepared and the crew was good together, especially for not all having worked together before. It was a good race."
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