Lola and Krohn Racing Join Forces to Create New Grand-Am Daytona Prototype Entry

23.03.2007: Lola and Krohn Racing Join Forces to Create New Grand-Am Daytona Prototype Entry

Lola Cars International Ltd. and Krohn Racing are pleased to announce a new partnership that will produce Lola Daytona Prototypes to race in the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve.

The new collaboration of Lola and Krohn has resulted in a new company being formed called Proto-Auto LLC which has purchased a Grand-Am constructors license from Ontario based, Multimatic, whose chassis will form the basis of the 2008 Lola car. Several teams have expressed interest in using another competitive chassis to those presently competing in the Grand-Am Rolex Series.

Under Grand-Am regulations, a totally new body is permitted for all constructors to compete in the 2008 season. This is currently underway at Lola's state-of-the-art facility in Huntingdon, UK, where an experienced team of sports car engineers are working in Lola's on-site 50 percent scale wind tunnel.

After research, design and development at Lola, Proto-Auto will operate from a facility in Atlanta, Ga., and will manage the marketing, engineering, parts and logistical support for all teams who campaign the Lola Daytona Prototype.

The first team to take delivery of two new Lola cars will be Krohn Racing, and the first car is scheduled to test immediately after the end of the 2007 season.

 

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Martin Birrane - Executive Chairman, Lola Group

"Lola has a rich and successful history in sports cars that continues to this day. We want to build on that with this significant new project. Grand-Am is a growing series that fits perfectly with our own ambitions. Everyone at Lola is excited with this new challenge and our partnership with such a strong and competitive team as Krohn Racing. We are sure this new collaboration will open another exciting chapter for Lola Cars competing in the US."

Tracy W. Krohn - Team Owner of Krohn Racing

"This is the second part of Krohn Racing goals, to form a viable business. Our first goal was to create a winning race car team. I am delighted to enter into a partnership with an esteemed company like Lola Cars."

Roger Edmondson - President, Grand-Am

"We welcome Lola back to Grand-Am and are impressed that their return is in partnership with one of our top Rolex Sports Car Series teams in Krohn Racing. Lola was with us at the very first Grand-Am Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2000 and we look forward to helping them write another chapter in both their Grand-Am and overall racing history in their entry into Daytona Prototype competition."

 

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