Posted on 5.15.2007
Q And A With Colin Braun: Krohn Racing Driver
With a victory in last year's Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway, Colin Braun became youngest winner in Grand American Rolex Series history at the age of 17 years, nine months and seven days.
Braun, who started on the outside pole, and his co-driver Jorg Bergmeister played the fuel strategy game to perfection with their No. 76 Krohn Racing car. The duo only had to make one pit stop while the other teams were forced to make a stop late in the race for a splash and go.
The difference in fuel mileage gave Braun and Bergmeister a 16.498-second margin of victory over the No. 23 Alex Job Racing machine. Krohn Racing and Braun will return to this year's Brumos Porsche 250 to defend their victory with new co-driver Max Papis.
The following is a question and answer session with Braun regarding the upcoming Brumos Porsche 250.
Talk about winning last year's Brumos Porsche 250?
"Obviously, winning my first race in the Grand Am Series at Daytona International Speedway was fantastic. There's such a great history behind the Speedway. Being such a young guy to win there was just something that I'm going to remember for the rest of my life."
You got your first win in front of a big audience with a lot of NASCAR fans. Did that make the win even more special?
"It did. With all the people and the great fans that were there and the NASCAR guys that were there, it made that win very special to me and everybody at Krohn Racing. It's not a win that that we are not going to forget very easily."
Fuel mileage played a big part in your Brumos Porsche 250 victory. Talk about how that played out that night.
"We had a Roush Yates Ford engine in the car. We got great fuel mileage. We did only one pit stop during the race. Most other teams had to do two pit stops. We just beat them on fuel mileage. It was a great win for the Roush Yates Ford engine guys. I'm sure this year our Pontiac GM engine will have great fuel mileage and hopefully we can do the same thing again."
Max Papis is your co-driver this year. With the competition so close in Grand Am, how hard is it going to be to repeat this year?
"It's always going to be difficult. Every one at Krohn Racing has been working extremely hard on the car. Both Max and I have been working hard as drivers. I think we're going to have a very competitive car. I know everybody at Pontiac has been working very hard to get us great fuel mileage. It's important at this race. I think we're going to have a really strong car. It should be a fantastic race to watch."
The Brumos Porsche 250 is very different from the Rolex 24. Talk about the change in mentality from a driver's standpoint.
"In the Rolex, obviously 24 hours long, we're pacing ourselves, not driving the car too hard, cruising around basically. In this race, obviously being so short, we're going as hard as we can go every single lap. You really have to make every lap count. The racing in Grand Am is so close. If you give up a couple of tenths on one lap, that could be the difference in winning and losing."
Do you remember your first visit to Daytona International Speedway?
"The first time that I was there was three years ago in a GT car (for the Racer's Group) for the Rolex 24. My biggest recollection there, the first lap I went out and did, I read all the history books and know about the history of Daytona, I was having all those thoughts running through my head. It was just amazing to be driving on that track with all the history from not only sports cars but NASCAR and all forms of racing."
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