Krohn Racing’s 2014 have confirmed their 2014 racing plans, limiting their racing to the four races of the North American Endurance Championship (NAEC) in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
The team, headed by Tracy Krohn, have raced in the last few seasons in the LMGTE Am class of the FIA World Endurance Championship, but business commitments have prompted Krohn to confine his racing to the US for the coming season.
“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, CEO of W&T Offshore, a company that specialises in finding and exploiting oil and natural gas deposits. “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 will enter a Ferrari 458 GTE in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class of the TUDOR Championship in a partnership with Risi Competizione, who will campaign a Ferrari in the class for the full season.
Krohn Racing’s 2014 season of racing will start with the 52nd Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 25-26. The remaining four NAEC races are the 12 Hours of Sebring, Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen and Petit Le Mans.
Though scaling back plans for 2014 Krohn has already begun moves towards planning for the 2015 campaign as both he and co-driver Nic Jonsson tested an LMP2 Lotus T128 at Bahrain International Circuit following the WEC finale.
“We wanted to test the Lotus P2 car as a possible option for 2015 and beyond,” said 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.”
He continued; “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.”