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Krohn to Test Lotus LMP2 Car, Planning for 2015

Krohn Racing submits GTLM entry for Rolex 24, targeting move to LMP2…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Tracy Krohn will be getting his first laps in a LMP2 car on Sunday, as the tall Texan, along with longtime co-driver Nic Jonsson, will be trying on the Lotus T128 for size in a private post-race test at Bahrain International Circuit.

The objective according to the Krohn Racing team owner, isn’t necessarily on next year, but instead planning for 2015, which could very well see his Houston-based team enter the LMP2 ranks full-time.

“We’re not looking at 2014 so much but 2015,” Krohn told Sportscar365. “The thought plan is that we’re going to try more than one chassis. 2015 looks to be a pivotal year for the P2 class both in WEC and in the United States. Ideally, I’d like to be running races in both series.”

Krohn confirmed that he’s submitted an entry for next year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona in the GT Le Mans class with the team’s existing Ferrari 458 Italia, with other races also planned for the GTE-spec machine, entries pending.

A move to P2 for the second half of next year is also possible, which could include a mix of TUDOR Championship, WEC and European Le Mans Series races, leading up to a more defined 2015 program.

Krohn, however, stressed that the decision will not be made overnight. He expects to spend the next six to seven months evaluating and testing potential P2 cars, all of which would be closed-top prototypes.

“I’m taller than most drivers so I have to find a chassis that fits me right,” he said. “We’re taking the extra time this weekend to have the seat properly fitted specifically for this test.

“It’s going to be a real process to see which one will work best. A lot of it has to do with driver confidence and how confident you feel in the car. And you’re certainly not going to be confident if the ergonomics aren’t right.”

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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