Supplier Spotlight

Video Exclusives

Developing the 2017 Ford Focus RS RX

The second video from Ford Performance showcases the development of the high-strength driveshafts fitted to its 2017 Rallycross contender

Setting up the 2017 Ford Focus RS RX

Ford Performance details the testing and development of the 2017 Ford Focus RS RX's suspension, utilising a Kinematics and Compliance rig.

Web Exclusive Articles

« back to listing

Interview: Tracy Krohn, Krohn Racing

Krohn Racing's team principal discusses the WEC, sponsorship in sportscars and his team's future plans

by Rachel Evans


What’s your earliest motorsport memory?
When I was about 7 or 8 years old, I was with my father in one of the first Porsche 911s in the US. We were on the turnpike between Dallas and Fort Worth Texas. Then we went through the toll booth and I saw a [Pontiac] GTO. I was looking out the back of the car as we were going at 140mph and I remember seeing the big puff of smoke coming out the back.

How did you become involved in motorsport?

I wanted to become part of the sport in college but I couldn’t afford it. Then I bought a Porsche many years ago and my ex-wife gave me a gift voucher for a session with a performance driving school. I liked it a lot so I did another. Then I went to race school. I joined a spec series and I did that for about a year and a half.

What are the best and worst parts of your job?

I wouldn’t call it a job but the travel is the worst part, the long plane journeys going back and forth. The best part is being in the car. It’s the one place I can go to where I don’t have to think about anything else. It’s a zen-like experience.

How could the rule makers make your life easier?

I think that motorsport in general misses the concept of people who don’t do this for a living. They should recognize that manufacturers have big expensive teams, but those who are running teams like me are the people who the make the sport what it is. Where they’ve had the best success historically is where they’ve recognized this. And the future of the WEC depends on this.

How difficult is it to get commercial sponsorship?

It’s very difficult. The good thing for me is that this is a networking opportunity. I’ve done some fairly big transactions in the oil and gas industry as a result of my racing connections. We did one for US$400m and we did another one that included 148,000 acres that we’re still testing in East Texas.

Do you think that is ever likely to change?

I think it could but it would require an effort on my part to not run a public company! My time right now is better spent running a public company and coming over to try and make this a business. We tried several different models. The best model is that we make these networking connections. I think in order to raise that sponsorship we’d have to make a concerted effort; I’ve tried it that way and had very limited success. We tried to build cars, again with limited success. But the payoff in the sport for me has been the connections that I've made in motorsport.

More generally what are your plans for the race team?

We’re looking at several possibilities for 2014 and 2015, one of which may include an LMP2 effort. We’re also going to see what happens with Grand-Am. I didn’t feel it was justified to go out and make the expenses [on Grand-Am] not knowing what the rules were going to be for the next two or three years. We didn’t want to have to make a change again.


Read Latest Issue

Web Exclusives

For the fourth successive year, DMG Mori takes up partnership with Team Porsche, as it campaigns in the LMP1 category of the FIA World Endurance Championship
Click here to read more

McLaren Honda has added a number of 3D printed components to its MCL32 race car, with the aim of increasing its performance, accelerating development and reducing overall weight
Click here to read more

The official test and media day of the 2017 Blancpain GT Series gave Pirelli the opportunity to outline the changes to its endurance and GT racing product ranges
Click here to read more

Supplier Spotlight

Supplier SpotlightWe are building a list of leading suppliers covering all aspects of the professional motorsport industry. Want to see your company included? Contact for more details.

فروشگاه اینترنتی فروشگاه اینترنتی سیستم همکاری در فروش خرید شارژ ایرانسل دانلود فیلم دانلود فیلم

Submit your industry opinion

Industry BlogDo you have an opinion you'd like to share with the professional motorsport community? We'd like to hear your views and opinions on the leading issues shaping the industry. Share your comments by sending up to 500 words to

Submit Your Recruitment Ad

Recruitment AdTo send us your recruitment advertising or to receive information on placing a banner please email