Mazda Raceway has been a team favorite since Krohn Racing first competed here in 2005, and team owner and driver Tracy W. Krohn got plenty of track time to stretch the legs of his No. 57 Ferrari F458 around the famous corkscrew at the circuit.
With a hard charge early in the race by the Texas team owner, Krohn Racing moved up to the sixth position in the 11-car GTLM field briefly before handing the car over to long-time co-driver Nic Jonsson on Lap 40 of the two-hour Prototype and GTLM race. The one pit stop strategy panned out well for the Houston-based team, as it switched to a fuel conservation mode with less than an hour remaining in the race.
TRACY W. KROHN, Krohn Racing Team Owner/Driver, No. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari F458 GTLM:
"It took a little while for the tires to get in but once they did it was just fun. It's great to be back here at Laguna. It takes a little time to get back up to speed but once I got comfortable in the car, it was a lot of fun and I really can't complain. I'm really pleased. The team did a good job. We had one little hiccup in the pits; Nic had a hard time reaching the pedals. I'll have to get him a bigger highchair, I guess."
NIC JONSSON, Driver, No. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari F458 GTLM:
"We had to be quick with the driver change, and I didn't really adjust the seat all the way forward. I was just barely able to get full throttle so my foot, my right wrist, and my lower back on the left are so sore right now. But otherwise, the Krohn guys did a phenomenal job giving us a safe, drivable car. The car performed phenomenal. I have to say Tracy did absolutely fantastic today. It's one of the best races I've seen from him in a couple of years; very consistent, within a couple of seconds of the pros. In a full-blown factory series, that's very, very good. My job today was to keep it clean, try to bring it home and we did that; it was a good effort by everybody."
HAYDEN BURVILL, Krohn Racing Engineer:
"The only strategy that would have worked was to be the first car to stop and make it to the finish line without stopping again. We pitted a lap earlier than the GTLM leader on the basis that, having completed our stop, if it went yellow then we could have recovered the part lap we were down. Tracy lost less than one lap in the 56 minutes he drove, which is very good. He did an amazingly consistent job, which made that strategy truly a potential for us. There was really a one-lap window where we had stopped and the leaders had not stopped and we needed a yellow to come out on that lap. It didn't happen, but the car was extremely consistent. Tracy was lapping at almost the leader pace at the end of his stint and likewise Nic had a very consistent run. We did accomplish all of our goals. It was a caution-free race and everyone is satisfied with the pace we ran."
The next race, Round Five of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GTLM class will be the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen, held at Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, N.Y., on June 27-29, 2014.