Swede Nic Jonsson was the starting driver of the popular green-and-blue liveried Ferrari in the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France. During the first daylight portion of the event, competitors raced in conditions ranging from dry and sunny to heavy rainstorms that popped up quickly on the 8.369-mile circuit. Jonsson was running as high as second during his double stint in the highly competitive GTE-Am class before team owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn took over driving duties for his double driving stint.
NIC JONSSON, Driver, No. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari F458 GTE-Am:
"We took it very easy at the start and saw some really crazy racing even in the first half hour of the race. We got settled in and started running a decent pace and got by a few cars. Then we had this rain come on that changed the whole dynamic. People started going off and we decided to stay out on the yellow on slicks, which I think was a very smart move because we stayed behind the pace car pretty much until it was dried out. There were a few spots where it was still wet. We got going again just three laps before it was time to pit for the second time. It was a decent first stint; we moved up a little and the car seems to be running smoothly and without any issues. Going into the night hours in a few hours and we're just going to try to plug away, stay out of trouble and hopefully we'll be there when the sun comes up tomorrow morning."
TRACY W. KROHN, Krohn Racing Team Owner/Driver, No. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari F458 GTE-Am:
"It was a very interesting stint. It started off in the rain with all the prototypes behind me. Of course, as soon as they go by you can't see anything for several hundred yards. I had to slow down and wait until I could see. Then, as the track was drying, the mirrors got so fogged up and I couldn't see much except for a little light behind me. As the track dried off, it was just a matter of figuring out where we were going to stop. At some point in time, you try a brake point and it doesn't work and so you say, well I'm not going to do that again, and you don't do it again for a while. I backed off and played it very patient and slow, unfortunately, with the changing conditions, and then we put the slicks on. Then it was again figuring out where the brake points were. So no real drama other than not being able to see in front or behind of me. As the track dried, it got better, and I could at least see in front of me, and that was encouraging. Not a good way to start, but it can't get any worse unless it does the same thing tonight. That's behind us and we'll look forward to going through the rest of the race. It's a long race and a lot of drama has already happened."
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