NASCAR Camping World Truck and Nationwide Series racer and former Grand-Am Rolex Series frontrunner Colin Braun will return for the 50th anniversary running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona as part of a stellar lineup for Krohn Racing. Braun will be joined by Brazilian Ricardo Zonta, Nic Jonsson and owner/driver Tracy Krohn in the No. 76 Proto-Auto Lola-Ford for the twice-around-the-clock endurance race to be run Jan. 28-29 at Daytona International Speedway. The foursome previously drove together at the 2010 Rolex 24, when Krohn Racing claimed a fourth-place finish.
Braun is the holder of a number of Rolex Sports Car Series records, including being the youngest overall and class winner when he won at Daytona International Speedway with Krohn Racing in June, 2006 at the age of 17 years, 9 months, 7 days.
"For me this is one of the best teams I've driven for," said Braun. "They're so professional. They do things the right way. It's a great group of people, it's a great group of drivers and it's very comfortable for me to go and get right back in with the team.
"It's really unique to have a team that has so many of the same core group of people – from mechanic to drivers to engineers to team managers from the time I first started with them in 2006 until now. That's a really comfortable and easy decision to make because it's a great group of friends I'm going to drive with. I'm really excited to be back with everybody for the Daytona race."
Jonsson competed in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge with Kinetic Motorsports in 2011, winning the ST class championship with two wins and three podium finishes. The trio of Jönsson and former Rolex Series race winners Zonta and Krohn competed together in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2011 with Krohn Racing.
This year will mark Krohn Racing's seventh appearance as a team at the Rolex 24. Krohn and Jonsson have competed in all six previous events. Zonta will make his fifth appearance, competing each year since 2008. This year will be Braun's fourth appearance with the Krohn team (2006, 2007, and 2010).
"It's always important to have consistency and continuity. Having the same drivers who have worked together numerous times allows us to concentrate on other things than familiarizing a new driver into the fold," admitted Krohn. "Having the same team members is really beneficial to success. Everyone knows their job and that of the others. Whether a racing team or a business, teamwork is a key to success."