Krohn Racing Targets Rolex 24
HOUSTON – Krohn Racing has announced they have submitted an entry for the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona, Round One of the new TUDOR United Sportscar Championship.
Team Owner Tracy Krohn intends to compete in the Ferrari F458 in which he has been racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship GTE-Am class for the past two seasons. The Krohn Racing Ferrari will be entered in the new GT Le Mans class. Krohn Racing also plans to compete in other IMSA races with the GTLM Ferrari, entries pending.
In addition to the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Krohn Racing will enter the other three endurance races, including the 12 Hours of Sebring, Six Hours of The Glen and Petit Le Mans. Krohn also hopes to compete at his two favorite sprint races, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in May and his home track of the Circuit of Americas in Austin, Texas, in September.
“One of the reasons that we are choosing to race selective races in the U.S. is that my WTI business schedule takes precedence over my racing schedule,” said Krohn. “I feel there is massive opportunity in the oil and gas business currently and that it is important I remain closer to home for now.”
Krohn Racing is partnering with Houston-based Risi Competizione for 2014 on technical support and shared shop space following their return from the FIA WEC finale at Bahrain International Circuit this month.
Krohn participated in a private test on Monday, Dec. 2 at Bahrain Int’l Circuit in a LMP2 Lotus T128, following the weekend’s 6 Hours of Bahrain race. Co-driver Nic Jönsson also drove in the test as they tried out the car for comfort and drivability, especially for the over six foot tall Krohn.
“We wanted to test the Lotus P2 car as a possible option for 2015 and beyond,” said owner/driver Krohn. “Nic and I both tested the Lotus and although we would need to make more adjustments for my tall frame, we had a good test and enjoyed driving a car with more horsepower and downforce.
“The 2015 year looks to be a pivotal year for the P2 class in both the United States and with the WEC Series,” continued Krohn.” We will test more than one chassis with the thought to potentially run races in both series.
“We plan to spend the next six or seven months evaluating and testing potential closed-top P2 cars and work through a full process to see which one works best for my frame and comfort. So much of racing depends on driver confidence and how confident you feel in the car. You aren’t going to feel confident if the ergonomics don’t work and I’m taller than most drivers so I have to find a chassis that fits me correctly. We took extra time in Bahrain to have the seat properly fitted specifically for the test but I still didn’t fit perfectly.
“If we find a P2 car we like, we may enter a few races in the IMSA Tudor Championship, the FIA WEC and/or the European Le Mans Series next year, all with our eye on a full program for 2015 and beyond,” added Krohn.