Krohn Racing kicked off its 2014 campaign yesterday as the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship began at the Roar Before the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Krohn will field its green-and-blue liveried Ferrari F458 in the GT Le Mans class of the new series, a car that the team has competed with for the past two seasons in the FIA World Endurance Championship GTE-Am class.
“I’m expecting massive competition for this weekend.” said team owner and driver, Tracy Krohn. “Tests are always interesting because you have a lot of people that haven’t been to the track and you have people that have, and you have several different classes. Everybody’s trying new things and the weather is iffy here, quite cold, so there’s very low grip. It’s exciting to take part in a new championship, although I’ve never raced in a series that had no rules at a test that was so close to the start of the season. I am sure IMSA will get it resolved and the Rolex 24 will be another great event, both for us and for the series.”
Sharing driving duties with Krohn at the Daytona test will be long-time team-mate Nic Jonsson, before they are joined by Andrea Bertolini and Peter Dumbreck at the opening round of the TUSCC season at the end of the month, the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Krohn and Jonsson have competed together in a total of nine Daytona events between 2005 and 2013, finishing fourth overall twice, once with Jonsson’s car – as part of a two-car effort – taking fourth in 2008, while the duo took the position together in 2010 alongside Ricardo Zonta and Colin Braun.
Bertolini is an official Scuderia Ferrari F1 development driver, recently competing in the World Endurance Championship in the AF Corse Ferrari, while Peter Dumbreck took third in the privateers’ class of the World Endurance Championship in 2012, as well as taking sixth overall at the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours. He also notably won the Macau Grand Prix in 1998.
“Peter Dumbreck is a very accomplished driver,” added Krohn. “He was with Aston Martin last year. Bertolini is a Ferrari factory driver so we’re looking forward to adding him to the team. He will do the remainder of the races in the series. We’re very happy to have them both, and I’m sure they will pick up the slack for me.”
Krohn Racing will compete in an additional three rounds of the TUSCC, including the iconic 12 Hours of Sebring, the Six Hours of Watkins Glen and the season-closing Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in October.