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Proton Prepares Spare Chassis; Krohn Expected to Race

Dempsey Proton Racing reverts to spare Porsche chassis for Krohn entry…

Photo: Proton Competition

Tracy Krohn, Nic Jonsson and Patrick Long are expected to race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Dempsey-Proton Racing preparing its spare chassis following Krohn’s heavy accident in Free Practice.

Krohn went off track on the Mulsanne Straight on Wednesday afternoon, red-flagging Free Practice for 45 minutes and forcing the team to miss last night’s opening qualifying session. 

According to a team representative, the Texan remained in a local hospital overnight and will be released this morning and is expected to be cleared by doctors.

A WEC representative, meanwhile, said they have yet to officially confirm the chassis replacement and medically clear the driver. 

There had been initial question whether the entry would be withdrawn, despite the team having had a spare chassis on-site.

The German squad expects to be back on track for Qualifying 2, which gets underway at 7 p.m.

Krohn and Jonsson are seeking their 14th consecutive Le Mans start as co-drivers this weekend, teaming up with longtime Porsche factory driver Long, who makes his 16th start.

Proton’s No. 88 Porsche 911 RSR of Matteo Cairoli currently sits on provisional pole in GTE-Am heading into the final two rounds of qualifying.

Jake Kilshaw contributed to this report

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