The 49th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona race featured four cars
on the lead lap and two cars just one lap down. The No. 76 Krohn
Racing Ford Proto-Auto Lola finished sixth, just one lap away, with
a total of 720 laps. Ricardo Zonta both started and finished the
twice-around-the-clock endurance race for the Krohn team and led
two laps, Lap 251 and Lap 522. Other drivers of the No. 76 entry
included team owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn, Nic Jönsson and
This year’s historic 24-hour race featured
23 cautions for 141 laps and was highlighted with 52 car lead changes
among 53 different drivers. Fog settled in during the Sunday morning
hours of approximately 5:30 a.m.-8:00 a.m. ET and kept the competitors
pacing under yellow flag conditions for 56 laps.
The Krohn Racing team hung onto the lead
lap for about 20 of the 24 hours. The strategy was basic enough
– to simply stay on the lead lap.
The 2011 running of the Rolex 24 race was
won by the No. 01 Chip Ganassi BMW Riley of Scot Pruett, Memo Rojas,
Graham Rahal and Joey Hand. The team covered 721 laps and 2,566.76
Tracy Krohn, Driver, owner/driver, No. 76
Krohn Racing Ford Proto-Auto Lola:
“I never doubted we’d have a 24-hour race where we didn’t
have to do something to the car. We didn’t do a damn thing
to it the whole time. It was unbelievable. The team was incredible.
The car just wasn’t quick enough. That was all there was to
it. Motor was good, transmission was good. We just didn’t
have the right set-up for this track. Everybody else was faster.
All the drivers did a great job. Nobody had a misstep. Everyone
Regarding having Ricardo back to co-drive
at Daytona another year:
“It is always a pleasure to work with a driver who is blindingly
fast, always gives 110 % and works with a smile. Add to the fact
that we tend to strive for continuity, almost above all else. It
was not a difficult decision to pick up the phone and call Ricardo.
We were also pleased to have Nicolas Minassian join us this year.
He fit right in and did a great job.”
Nicolas Minassian, Driver, No. 76 Krohn Racing
Ford Proto-Auto Lola:
“It was an absolute pleasure to work with the Krohn Racing
team. I think they are a top team. Every single person that works
on this team – from mechanics to tire guys, refueling, engineer,
strategist, everybody works well. You’ve got a good feeling
because everybody is happy doing their job. Everybody is doing his
job their best. There is nothing to fault. I think we did the race
as fast as we could have done, so that is satisfaction somewhere.
“You are always somewhat disappointed
because you want to win. I think it is a problem if you don’t
always want to win. It gives you, you know, wings. We did as well
as we could have done and the strategy was probably one of the best
in the world. Regarding pit stops, there was nothing to say.
The car was prepared perfectly because we had no problems. We’re
probably the only one to have no problems.”
Nic Jönsson, Driver, #76 Krohn Racing
Ford Proto-Auto Lola:
“The Krohn crew did a fantastic job, not just preparing the
car but it was a flawless race. We just had scheduled pit stops.
There were no problems with the car. Everything ran perfect. That’s
a testament to the fact we have a fantastic team behind us.
Over the course of the season and the variety
of tracks Grand-Am visits, the car can collect many points but it’s
much more at home on the road courses than the superspeedways.
Today the car was just not fast enough. Otherwise,
all the drivers did a good job. The crew did a fantastic job. The
Ford motor performed excellent. No complaints. We just didn’t
have the pace in the car. What can I say? It’s still good
to finish a 24-hour race. The result was not what we wanted and
that’s a little disappointing but, hey, the car is still in
one piece. We’ll have to try to come back next year and do
Ricardo Zonta, Driver, #76 Krohn Racing Ford
“It was disappointing to not win this race because we had
a great race. The car was very good. The pit stops were very good,
as was the race strategy. We had no problems this year like we did
in past years at this race and yet we finished sixth place. This
is difficult to accept. We just didn’t have a strong enough
car for the competition today. I want to thank Tracy for inviting
me back to race with the Krohn team again. I also want to thank
all the mechanics and team members for their excellent and hard
work this year at Daytona.”
Rick Mayer, Race Engineer on the #76 Krohn
Racing Ford Proto-Auto Lola:
“We just didn’t have the car today. We had good drivers;
we had awesome pit stop; we gained many, many positions in the pits
all day. The crew did an awesome job. The prep of the car was flawless.
Fuel, oil, tires, drivers, transmission…we had nothing else
unscheduled in the pits at all the whole time.
We gained positions in the pits on every
stop. It was awesome. We were just off the pace for whatever reason.
We couldn’t get the car to handle properly. We were three-quarters
to a second off the pace we needed to be on. Everybody tried really
hard to push harder. It’s a shame and you can tell the tough
competition when you finish a 24-hour race without any issues and
still finish sixth.
Tracy did an awesome job. He had no miscues
in the race at all. His lap times were fine and we were able to
get our laps back when we had issues. We stayed on the lead lap
up until the end. Even the weather was awesome. I was more than
pleased to be able to stand in for David Brown while he deals with
the birth of his new twins. It was a great team to work with and