The Krohn Racing GTE-Am Team feels the 6 Hours of São Paulo race on September 15 will be a level playing field for most FIA World Endurance Championship teams. As the inaugural endurance race at the 2.676-mile (4.309 km) circuit for FIA WEC series, most competitors have never races at the famous Autodromo Jose Carlo Pace race track before.
The Interlagos circuit has been host to Formula One races since 1973, a race won by São Paulo local Emerson Fittipaldi.
Team owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn and co-drivers Nic Jönsson and Michele Rugolo are poised to continue their pursuit of the GTE-Am championship, currently second in class in the points with four races remaining on the calendar. A disqualification of the podium-finishing Labre team at the 6 Hours of Silverstone benefitted the Krohn Team with one additional finishing spot and apt points.
This weekend's race will be the first visit to the 15-turn São Paulo, Brazil circuit for all three Krohn Racing drivers.
QUOTES: TRACY W. KROHN, Krohn Racing Team Owner/Driver, No. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari F458 GTE-Am: After the Silverstone race, Krohn Racing was elevated to a third place finish following another team's disqualification. Please share your thoughts on that? "We had a bit of bad luck through contact with a couple of prototypes at Silverstone. Sometimes the beta factors, the factors you don't control, work in your favor."
We're beginning the second half of the season and the team currently sits second in the GTE-Am championship. What is it going to take to win this championship? "We just need to keep doing what we are doing. We think the Michelin tires make a difference for the rest of the season and we think we have a pretty good handle on the car now."
All the teams are now pretty much on level playing field as the next four WEC circuits are new to most competitors. How can Krohn Racing get the edge at these new circuits? "We must rely on consistency and fewer mistakes to make a difference. Everyone on the team needs to 'double down' with their efforts, including myself!!"
Grand-Am/NASCAR just bought the American Le Mans Series. Please share your thoughts on the new unified sports car series in the U.S. "It's really hard to comment on this until we know rules and schedules. Grand-Am has an opportunity to do something great here and they have begun to solicit advice from all sources. I am certain that both series have learned a great deal in the last decade, so the real value here is to optimize that 'best practices' base of knowledge. I am very optimistic that will occur and we would like to be a part of it!"