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22/06/2008 - Mid-Ohio race report...

2008 - Grand Am at Mid-Ohio

The No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola of owner/driver Tracy Krohn and Eric van de Poele qualified 13th and got as high as third place early in the race before and penalty and brief off-road excursion relegated them to a 14th (DP class) finish. Everyone was challenged by the rain and the two and three-quarters hour Grand-Am race finished under yellow flag conditions following a multi-car wreck on the front straight.

Tracy W. Krohn, team owner/driver, No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola:“I got in for my stint with brand new wet tires. It was very slippery. What I thought was a bad call turned out to be a mistake on our part. We pitted under the wrong set of conditions. We thought we had pitted after the window but we didn't get that timing right and it cost us a drive-thru penalty plus 20 seconds. Eric did a great job the first part of the race. We tried a little different strategy with the car at first and we put some rain tires on just prior to the start of the race. We were hoping it was going to rain a little quicker than it did. It didn't rain quite quick enough. It took about four laps instead of two or three. As it was, the strategy worked out okay and we actually moved up a couple of position, but we had thought we would end up being first. Eric got hung up by some GT cars. He ran a really solid, solid race. He had one little mishap but no big deal. He came back and turned car over to me. I went out with that set up and pushed hard and ran the thing off the track. At that point in time I was just hanging on. It was very treacherous. I took the drive-through penalty. It was unfortunate for me because I was right up there with the pack and just trying to learn the track rain line. I started to push immediately and just made a mistake and went off track.The bottom line is we learned a lot about the car. This is the first time we've run in the rain. We learned some of the strengths and weaknesses of the car and some things we need to work on. All in all, it was not a horrible day, but not the day we expected. Nic and Ricardo ran up front for a good while. They also had a little strategy issue but it wasn't because of what they were doing. They did a great job and car was good and it just continues to get better. It really does continue to get better but the performance doesn't show it yet. With the rain, Mid-Ohio is a different kind of track, very treacherous. It's really very technical anyway. You add a little rain and it just gets exciting. The fans got a show today!

”Eric van de Poele, driver, No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola:“It was interesting in the rain for the first time. We did not have the best set-up and it was really tough, quite difficult. However, I really like the rain conditions. I got the car up to third. Even if I spun a few times, like everybody, I had a lot of fun. But, unfortunately we did not have the finish position we wanted. It's a bit disappointing, but in another way, we are there. We were third at one point, so it means we can compete. We still a need a better car for any conditions, but we closed the gap. We definitely closed the gap.”

The next Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series race, Round 8 of 14 will be the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday night, July 3rd. For more information, please see www.grand-am.com and www.krohnracing.net.

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