Wednesday 1 June 2011

24 Hour Le Mans: Krohn Racing: heading to Le Mans

Krohn Racing: heading to Le Mans

Krohn Racing’s Ferrari 430 GTE-Am team is ready to converge on the Circuit de la Sarthe for the 79th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, June 11-12. The American-based team will be challenging the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic for its first time as a team as part of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup Series.

Team owner Tracy W. Krohn and co-driver Nic Jönsson have paired at Le Mans on five previous occasions, including four in the Ferrari 430 GT like they have entered for 2011. Joining them is Ferrari regular, Italian Michele Rugolo. The trio won the first ILMC round of the 2011 season at the 12 Hours of Sebring in the GTE-Am class. After an eighth place finish at Spa with just Krohn and Jönsson, the team currently is second in class points. Krohn and Jönsson have climbed on the prestigious Le Mans podium twice, in 2007 in second place, and 2009 in third place in the GT2 class.

Tracy W. Krohn: “It takes a great deal of patience to finish an endurance race like Le Mans. We also have an experienced set of drivers and we don’t have egos in the cockpit. If we can maintain that and keep the car out of the pits and away from anyone else’s mistake on the track, we should be where we want to be… at the top.”

Nic Jönsson: “We run in the ILMC GTE-Am category but also compete against all the GTE cars with amateurs and professional, and full factory driver GTE teams. They are very competitive and very strong. I think it plays into our favor to have a European driver on our roster. Michele Rugolo worked with us for the first time at Sebring and did a very good job.”

Michele Rugolo: “I’ve done the Le Mans 24 hours in 2003 and I know it s a very hard race from a physical point of view but I was already prepared for Sebring so I just kept doing the same work out and I’m trying to sleep as much as I can. From a driving point of view, I am practicing a lot for the International GT Open so I have been in the car pretty much.”

The 2011 Le Mans 24 Hours will be competed on June 11-12.

(Based upon Krohn Racing press information)
Photo : Dan Boyd - ALMS

Photo : SEBRING (FLORIDA, USA), SEBRING 12 HOURS, 19TH MARCH 2011. First ILMC race and first win for Krohn Racing.

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