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1 Christian Fittipaldi 31
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Zonta dominates in NJ rain for Krohn Racing

Grand-Am
Sunday, May 03, 2009

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Nic Jonsson (L) and Ricardo Zonta

Brazilian Ricardo Zonta took the rest of the Grand-Am drivers to school in the heavy rain that fell in Millville, New Jersey Sunday to win the Verizon Wireless 250 going away in his Krohn Racing Lola Ford.  Dead last on the lap 44 restart by the end of the 87-lap contest not only had he passed the entire field he won by over 44-seconds.

It was a stunning upset by Ricardo Zonta and Nic Jonsson in the No. 76 Krohn Racing Ford Lola.

They then quickly went to work on re-acclimating themselves to Victory Lane post-race protocol. For Zonta, this was his first win in the Rolex Sports Car Series. Jonsson's only previous victory in the series came in 2005 at Watkins Glen International.

The win may have been surprising but it also was commanding; the margin of victory was 44.752 seconds, over the runner-up No. 10 SunTrust Racing Ford Dallara co-driven by Max Angelelli and Brian Frisselle.

Afterward, Zonta - from Curicuba, Brazil - revealed that the team had an additional challenge besides the weather.

Zonta's Krohn Racing Lola Ford taken in dryer conditions on Saturday
"We did not have radio [communication]," he said. "So, I had no information during the race. We were last on the restart (on Lap 44) so I had to catch everybody. I tried to push as hard as I could.

"The car was excellent. The conditions, they were changing a lot out there."

Krohn Racing is learning on the fly about their potential. Jonsson - a native of Sweden now living in Buford, Ga. - pointed  out that this is only the second year for the team using the Lola chassis, and this season marks a return to Ford engines for the first time since 2006.

"We're starting to be competitive everywhere we go," Jonsson said.

Sunday's race, Round 3 of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16, started amid a steady rain - on an increasingly challenging 2.25-mile, 14-turn road course. Conditions got the upper hand on competitors immediately, in the form of a two-car Daytona Prototype mishap on the very first turn of the opening lap of the two-hour, 45-minute event. The wreck involved two cars - and ruined the chances of the race's defending champions repeating.

Mark Patterson, sharing the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley with Ozz Negri - they won here last autumn - rammed the back of the No. 13 Beyer Racing Pontiac Riley, being driven by Ricky Taylor. The impact sheared off the No. 60's front cowling and sent the car to the garage, its day done as far as contending was concerned.

"It's not Ricky's fault," Patterson said. "We got a good start and went up the middle ... it was very dark and hard to see. I tried to get off the gas in time and the next thing I knew, there was a gap way too small to get my car through it. Ricky braked up ahead and I clipped him on the right rear. Our left front is shot."

And that was just the start.

The rain continued to worsen. How wet was it? On Lap 32 - just over an hour into the race - a caution flag came out solely because of standing water at various points on the course. The caution lasted until the 44th lap, approximately a half-hour later.

After that, the 31-car field raced the rest of the way, as huge rooster-tails of water belied the fact the rain actually did let up slightly as the afternoon wore on.

Reigning Daytona Prototype series co-champions Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, who started their No. 01 TELMEX Lexus Riley on the outside front row, were never a factor due to a series of mechanical issues. The first was a faulty windshield wiper - wrong day for that, to be sure - that forced a costly green flag pit stop on Lap 18.

After the Zonta-Jonsson and Angelelli-Frisselle 1-2 result, rounding out the Daytona Prototype top five:
-        Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas, No. 12 Verizon Wireless Porsche Riley;
-        David Donohue and Darren Law, No. 58 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley by Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas.
-        Mark Wilkins and Burt Frisselle, No. 61 AIM Autosport Ford Riley.

These are the top five in Daytona Prototype points after three events:
-        David Donahue 88
-        Darren Law 88
-        Jon Fogarty 84
-        Alex Gurney 84
-        Timo Bernhard/Romain Dumas 79 (tied))

The production-based GT class was won by Dirk Werner and Leh Keen, in the No. 87 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3. They ended with a margin of victory of one lap over the runner-up No. 66 AXA/Mitchell Rubber/Wealth Management Strategies Porsche GT3 of Spencer Pumpelly and Ted Ballou.

The No. 87 and No. 66 finished an impressive eighth and ninth, respectively, overall.

The rest of the GT top five:
-        Bryan Sellers and Eric Lux, No. 86 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3 (10th overall);
-        Andy Lally and Justin Marks, No. 67 Construct/Corp/No Fear Energy Drinks/Voodoo Ride/K1 Speed Porsche GT3 (12th overall);
-        Robin Liddell and Andrew Davis, No. 57 Bryan Mark/Stevenson Automotive Group/VIN Solutions Pontiac GXP.R (13th overall).

Here are the top five in GT class points:
-        Ted Ballou 89
-        Spencer Pumpelly 89
-        Leh Keen 86
-        Dirk Werner 86
-        Andrew Davis 86
-        Robin Liddell 86

After a week off, the Rolex Sports Car Series resume on May 17 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterrey, Calif., for the Verizon Festival of Speed presented by SPEEDCOM Communications.

POST-RACE QUOTES TO NOTE:

David Donohue, after a fourth-place finish allowed him to retain the Daytona Prototype points lead:
"I didn't know we were on a podium position. I came up on the 13 car coming up into Turn 12. Visibility for us was really horrible, the way the windshield wiper was depositing its rubber onto the windshield. I didn't trust that he knew I would be coming through, and I backed out of it. The 12 car (Bernhard) took total advantage, and that was it, there was nothing that I could do. They were really fast. We were off all weekend long, so for Brumos Racing, this was really a great result after how badly we were running in practice and qualifying."

Patrick Dempsey, after earning a career-best GT class finish of seventh, driving with Joe Foster:
"I love this track. I had a great time here, I had a great finish, and I really enjoyed myself the whole time. I was really relaxed and confident, and I had a blast all weekend. I was second this morning in practice and I felt really comfortable. I really like the rain. I feel really comfortable in the rain. I just tried to have fun. I didn't feel any pressure, I just want to go out and have fun. I think the improvements on the track made a big difference - it's nice to have grass! The chicane is very nice. It made for good racing, because we could stay close to the DPs. I have to credit all the DP drivers, they were really respectful today. Everybody drove really smart, which is a great thing about this series. All the drivers realized how difficult the conditions were, and they really took care of each other. It's a great series to be part of, I'm happy for the result, and I'm happy for Mazda and having a great result for El Grado. It's been a great weekend. Conditions were bad, but that's racing. I had a blast."

POS

NO. CLASS PIC DRIVER TEAM/CAR LAPS
1 76 DP 1 Jonsson / Zonta Krohn Racing / Ford Lola 87
2 10 DP 2 Angelelli / Frisselle SunTrust Racing / Ford Dallara 87
3 12 DP 3 Bernhard / Dumas Penske Racing / Porsche Riley 87
4 58 DP 4 Donohue / Law Brumos Racing / Porsche Riley 87
5 61 DP 5 Frisselle / Wilkins AIM Autosport / Ford Riley 87
6 99 DP 6 Fogarty / Gurney GAINSCO/ Bob Stallings Racing / Pontiac Riley 87
7 77 DP 7 Gidley / Jaeger Doran Racing / Ford Dallara 86
8 87 GT 1 Keen / Werner Farnbacher Loles Racing / Porsche GT3 86
9 66 GT 2 Ballou / Pumpelly TRG / Porsche GT3 85
10 86 GT 3 Lux / Sellers Farnbacher Loles Racing / Porsche GT3 85
11 6 DP 8 Pew / Valiante Michael Shank Racing / Ford Riley 85
12 67 GT 4 Lally / Marks TRG / Porsche GT3 85
13 57 GT 5 Davis / Liddell Stevenson Motorsports / Pontiac GXP.R 84
14 31 GT 6 Groenewald / von Moltke Battery Tender/ MCM Racing / Porsche GT3 84
15 40 GT 7 Dempsey / Foster Dempsey Racing / Mazda RX-8 83
16 65 GT 8 Potter / Stanton TRG/ Riegel/ Stanton / Porsche GT3 83
17 30 GT 9 Cameron / Miller Racers Edge Motorsports / Mazda RX-8 83
18 68 GT 10 George Jr / Valentine TRG / Porsche GT3 83
19 70 GT 11 Ham / Tremblay SpeedSource / Mazda RX-8 83
20 32 GT 12 Aschenbach / Forest PR1 Motorsports / Pontiac GXP.R 83
21 01 DP 9 Pruett / Rojas Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates / Lexus Riley 82
22 43 GT 13 Nonnamaker / Nonnamaker Team Sahlen / Corvette 82
23 42 GT 14 Nonnamaker / Sahlen Team Sahlen / Corvette 79
24 13 DP 10 Beyer / Taylor Beyer Racing / Pontiac Riley 79
25 07 GT 15 Collins / Edwards Banner Racing / Pontiac GXP.R 79
26 09 DP 11 Cosmo / Russell Spirit of Daytona Racing / Porsche Coyote 78
27 69 GT 16 Assentato / Segal SpeedSource / Mazda RX-8 63
28 2 DP 12 Finlay / Wallace Childress-Howard Motorsports / Pontiac Crawford 59
29 60 DP 13 Negri / Patterson Michael Shank Racing / Ford Riley 57
30 59 DP 14 Barbosa / France Brumos Racing / Porsche Riley 34
31 21 GT 17 Kapudija / Phinny Battery Tender/ MCM Racing / Pontiac GTO.R 34

Final Stint

Pos

No. Cl. PIC Final Driver Laps Behind Gap Team/Car
1 76 DP 1 Ricardo Zonta 87 0.000 0.000 Krohn Racing Ford / Lola
2 10 DP 2 Max Angelelli 87 44.752 44.752 SunTrust Racing Ford / Dallara
3 12 DP 3 Timo Bernhard 87 49.824 5.072 Penske Racing Porsche / Riley
4 58 DP 4 David Donohue 87 54.833 5.009 Brumos Racing Porsche / Riley
5 61 DP 5 Mark Wilkins 87 1:07.933 13.100 AIM Autosport Ford / Riley
6 99 DP 6 Alex Gurney 87 1:11.578 3.645 GAINSCO/ Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac / Riley
7 77 DP 7 Memo Gidley 86 1 LAP 1 LAP Doran Racing Ford / Dallara
8 87 GT 1 Dirk Werner 86 1 LAP 20.327 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3
9 66 GT 2 Spencer Pumpelly 85 2 LAPS 1 LAP TRG Porsche GT3
10 86 GT 3 Bryan Sellers 85 2 LAPS 29.219 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3
11 6 DP 8 Michael Valiante 85 2 LAPS 13.568 Michael Shank Racing Ford / Riley
12 67 GT 4 Andy Lally 85 2 LAPS 6.046 TRG Porsche GT3
13 57 GT 5 Robin Liddell 84 3 LAPS 1 LAP Stevenson Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R
14 31 GT 6 Dion von Moltke 84 3 LAPS 52.017 Battery Tender/ MCM Racing Porsche GT3
15 40 GT 7 Joe Foster 83 4 LAPS 1 LAP Dempsey Racing Mazda RX-8
16 65 GT 8 Craig Stanton 83 4 LAPS 5.481 TRG/ Riegel/ Stanton Porsche GT3
17 30 GT 9 Bryce Miller 83 4 LAPS 10.130 Racers Edge Motorsports Mazda RX-8
18 68 GT 10 Tim George Jr 83 4 LAPS 16.094 TRG Porsche GT3
19 70 GT 11 Sylvain Tremblay 83 4 LAPS 19.457 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8
20 32 GT 12 Lawson Aschenbach 83 4 LAPS 29.718 PR1 Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R
21 01 DP 9 Memo Rojas 82 5 LAPS 1 LAP Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Lexus / Riley
22 43 GT 13 Wayne Nonnamaker 82 5 LAPS 6.792 Team Sahlen Corvette
23 42 GT 14 Will Nonnamaker 79 8 LAPS 3 LAPS Team Sahlen Corvette
24 13 DP 10 Jared Beyer 79 8 LAPS 1:28.595 Beyer Racing Pontiac / Riley
25 07 GT 15 Paul Edwards 79 8 LAPS 0.919 Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R
26 09 DP 11 Guy Cosmo 78 9 LAPS 1 LAP Spirit of Daytona Racing Porsche / Coyote
27 69 GT 16 Jeff Segal 63 24 LAPS 15 LAPS SpeedSource Mazda RX-8
28 2 DP 12 Andy Wallace 59 28 LAPS 4 LAPS Childress-Howard Motorsports Pontiac / Crawford
29 60 DP 13 Oswaldo Negri Jr 57 30 LAPS 2 LAPS Michael Shank Racing Ford / Riley
30 59 DP 14 Joao Barbosa 34 53 LAPS 23 LAPS Brumos Racing Porsche / Riley
31 21 GT 17 Ryan Phinny 34 53 LAPS 26:27.040 Battery Tender/ MCM Racing Pontiac GTO.R

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