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05/11/2008 - Krohn Racing and Eric van de Poele Announces Plans For 2009 Rolex 24 At Daytona Grand-Am Race

2008 - Lola Pontiac

Krohn Lolas to be Powered by Ford Engines in 2009

The Proto-Auto Lolas, which Krohn Racing debuted in March 2008 at the Miami Grand Prix at Miami-Homestead Speedway will be powered by Roush-Yates prepared Ford engines in 2009.

TRACY W. KROHN, Krohn Racing Team Owner/ No. 75 Driver:

“We are very pleased with the driver line-up we've assembled for 2009. Having the same six drivers back together for the Rolex 24 will add to the viability of a potential victory. I'm pleased to have Eric and Oliver teamed with me again. We started out the 2008 season with a seventh-place finish in the most difficult race of the year. The three of us worked together well and had good chemistry, which is important. The entire team has good chemistry and that is a major ingredient for success. Ricardo and Darren are paired again with Nic and I believe that is also a successful pairing. We've got a long race ahead of us with a lot of testing between now and then. We're optimistic about a positive outcome.”

“We are now running the Ford engines on our Proto-Auto Lolas. Unfortunately, Pontiac decided at the end of race year in 2008 that they will discontinue track support. With the continued testing and improvement we plan for the Proto-Auto chassis, it continues to be our focus. We want and need track support with our engine program and Pontiac, unfortunately, couldn't offer that any more. We believe Pontiac, along with CRD and Bob Cronin and his staff, did a superb job for us the past couple of years, and have always given us good and reliable engines. We had to make a decision which route we were going to go and Ford was the obvious choice for us. We worked with Ford in 2006 with John Maddox from Roush-Yates Engines. They did a great job for us back then with a very reliable product and we won the Driver's Championship that year. We already had a relationship with them and they offer a good track support program so that made that made it an easy decision to switch back to Ford engines.”

ERIC VAN DE POELE, Krohn Racing No. 75 Driver:

“I cannot wait to be back in the car. I was so happy last year to do a full championship with a top team. To get to come back is perfect. I really enjoy the Krohn Racing Team and if I had to learn a lot of things last year, this coming year will be hard for the competition. I am more motivated than ever and I know exactly what to expect for 2009.”

“It's going to be a new experience for me to work with Roush, but not for the team. Pontiac did a good work last year, but I believe that if you want to win races, we need full support and progress. I cannot wait to try the new engine and I know the reputation of such a renown engineering company.”

Eric van de Poele brings over twenty years of endurance sports car racing to the team, competing in more than 55 different racing cars on nearly 85 racing circuits worldwide. The Belgian is a three-time class winner at Le Mans, a two-time 12 Hours of Sebring winner, has claimed five 24 Hour victories at Spa and a victory in the inaugural Petit Le Mans. After a brief start in single-seaters (Formula 3) in 1983, van de Poele made the move to Touring cars in 1985, then Formula 3000 and even competed in Formula One for two seasons (1991-92), all while honing his endurance racing skills. He has competed in a major endurance sports car race for each of the past 14 consecutive years.

Oliver Gavin is a three-time consecutive GT1 class champion and has four 24 Hours of Le Mans, four Petit Le Mans and four 12 Hours of Sebring class victories, all with Corvette Racing. The British native got his started in go karts, moved into single seaters and quickly claimed the British National Formula First Championship with 11 wins in 12 races in 1991. He was also named “McLaren Autosport Young Driver of the Year”. He moved up to British Formula 3000, where he won the championship in 1995, then the FIA International Formula 3000 and Touring cars. He was a Formula One test driver for Benetton F1 and Renault from 1997 to 2002. Sports car racing has dominated his driving since 2000 with Grand-Am, ALMS ACO-Le Mans and the FIA GT.

Tracy Krohn, who only began racing six years ago at age 48, got his start in the Panoz Racing series. Tracy and Nic drove to an impressive second-place finish in the GT2 class at the 2007 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans driving the Risi-Krohn Ferrari 430 GT, along with third driver Colin Braun. Krohn finished seventh in the 2008 Rolex 24 At Daytona with van de Poele and Gavin.Krohn was the winner of the prestigious “Jim Trueman Award” for Sportsman drivers in 2007.

In 2006, Krohn Racing driver Jörg Bergmeister captured the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Prototype Driver Championship. Krohn Racing was second in the Prototype Team Championship, a marked achievement for the new team.

The first race of the 2009 season will be the 47th Annual Rolex 24 At Daytona, scheduled for January 24-25, 2009 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Daytona Test Days run from January 4-6, 2009. For more information, please see www.grand-am.com or www.krohnracing.net.

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