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15/04/2008 - Eric's last visit in Mexico's race track was in F1: 1991 & 1992

1991 - Lambo F1

The Krohn Racing team is heading south of the border, ready for the challenges of the 2.5-mile, 14-turn race circuit for the Mexico City 250. The 250-mile or two-hour and forty-five minute race is Round 3 of 14 of the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. The No. 75 Krohn Racing entry will feature team owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn and sports car endurance ace Eric van de Poele. The No. 76 entry pilots are Nic Jönsson and former Formula One driver Ricardo Zonta.

Eric van de Poele, driver, No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola:

Homestead was the Proto-Auto Lola chassis debut and the team made some progress. What do you see for Mexico City with the new Lola?

“Despite the fact that I felt slow onto and down the straight, I could finally know the real potential of the Lola. I could also learn about the team and the Rolex Series in this kind of race (short) and have this complicity with Tracy, my teammate, and Jeff Braun, my engineer. It is very promising. I can tell you that it will not be too long before we join the guys at the front, even though the competition is really strong.”

Have you ever race at the Mexico City circuit and if so, how do you like it? If not, what have you heard about it?

“I drove there twice in Formula One (1991-1992). At that time the race track was really bumpy. I know that now it has been resurfaced. Concerning the layout, I have to say that it is a real challenging track. I cannot wait to be there. There are many quick change of directions and a very fast last corners. I love that!”

What is the competition like this year in Grand-Am?

“The competition is very strong and very interesting with the new cars in development. Also, I am learning the drivers and I can tell you that the season will be very exciting, with very good, fair battles. The only regret I have after Homestead, is the number of "yellows". Of course it is sometimes necessary, but we are big boys and we can manage a yellow in a corner without risks for the marshals. It is very bad for TV, for the spectators and for the drivers.”

The Mexico City 250 will be televised live on SPEED TV at 4:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 19th. For more information, please see www.grand-am.com and www.krohnracing.net.

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