Krohn Racing and The Stig heading to Le Mans on last-minute invite

Ninth appearance for the Houston-based Ferrari team

Krohn Racing and The Stig heading to Le Mans on last-minute invite

Krohn Racing has been invited by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) to return to the historic Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France for the 24 Hours of Le Mans race on June 14-15, 2014. They will participate in the competitive 19-entry GTE-Am class, one of 56 total entries, with their popular green-and-blue liveried No. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari F458.

Houston, Texas-based team owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn and his long-time co-driver Swede Niclas (Nic) Jönsson will return for their ninth appearance at the 82nd running of the twice-around-the-clock enduro. They are currently co-driving in the International Motorsports Association (IMSA) TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in the U.S. with the Ferrari F458 this season.

Joining the duo will be Brit Ben Collins, who has three appearances in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, most recently in 2011, where he finished fourth in the LMP2 class with RML (Ray Mallock Ltd.) Racing. Collins has competed in motor racing since 1994 in numerous categories besides sports cars, including Formula Three, Indy Light, GT racing and stock cars. He recently finished fifth in the FIA WEC race at Silverstone in a Ferrari 458. Additionally, Collins, formerly known as "The Stig" on the popular TV show "Top Gear", has multiple credits in the entertainment industry as a precision and stunt driver, as well as a television presenter and talent.

"We could not be happier to receive this invitation from the ACO to race at Le Mans again this year. It will be the ninth year for Nic and I and we are excited to have Ben (Collins) joining us," said Krohn Racing owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn. "We've got plenty to do in the next couple of weeks to get our car prepared and to ACO specs but we'll do it and be ready for race week. Normally, we would say that we have our sights set on victory, but with all candor, at this point we are just really, really happy to be on the grid! We can't wait to get out on the track!"

"Due to another withdrawal in this year's 24 Heures du Mans race, the ACO has extended an invitation to the American team, Krohn Racing," said Vincent Beaumesnil, ACO Sporting Director. "Krohn Racing has participated in numerous races at Le Mans and in the WEC over the years and we are pleased to welcome their return the La Sarthe."

Krohn Racing has competed at Le Mans under its own team entity every year since 2011. In 2007-2010 Krohn combined with Risi Competizione and in 2006 with White Lightning Racing, in Krohn's first attempt at Le Mans. Their Le Mans results record includes three podium finishes in eight attempts, including a single second-place finish (2007) and two third-place finishes (2009, 2012).

Krohn will be the fifth American team scheduled to participate in the 2014 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Due to the late invitation and having experienced drivers, the Krohn Racing team and its drivers will not participate in the upcoming Le Mans Test on June 1, as they prep the car in Houston, Texas for shipment to Michelotto for required conversions to be ACO-eligible. It will arrive to Le Mans in time for their Monday afternoon, June 9th scrutineering appointment.

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