Krohn Racing confirmed this afternoon that they will field a Ligier JS P2, built by Onroak Automotive, in 2015 in a programme of races on both national (US) and international levels in 2015. The car will be powered by a Judd HK V8 LMP2 engine.
Whilst no firm race programme is yet quoted, Tracy Krohn did say at the launch of the programme that he had a preference for undertaking a full Championship, but that he would certainly be looking for any programme to include Daytona, Sebring, and, he hopes, the Le Mans 24 Hours. The final decision will be made when all relevant Series calendars are available.
Tracy Krohn will once again share driving duties with longtime co-pilot Nic Jönsson. Having previously tested their new Ligier at Magny-Cours, they will soon travel to NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, Louisiana for another shakedown of the car, a Honda engined example of which makes its TUSC debut this weekend at Circuit of the Americas.
Jacques Nicolet meanwhile expects 3-4 customer-based entries on the global grid next year.
“I’m very much looking forward to the possibilities that have opened up for next season,” said Krohn Racing owner Tracy W. Krohn. “We had been discussing the switch from our Ferrari to a LMP2 car for some time and the decision was very much dependent on how the car felt when we went for a test. Both Nic and I had a chance to get behind the wheel of the Ligier and really liked driving it. The ergonomics work me, which has historically been difficult due to my frame. We were able to partner with Judd as our engine supplier and believe the Ligier-Judd pairing will offer a formidable entry, so the decision was made to move forward with the package for competition in 2015.”
“I’m delighted that Krohn Racing has decided to run a Ligier JS P2 in 2015,” said Jacques Nicolet, President of Onroak Automotive. “Tracy Krohn and I share the same view of motor racing and the same passion, so I’m proud that he has chosen our new sports prototype. It’s the first Ligier JS P2 we’ve sold in the USA and I have high hopes for this collaboration. We’ll do everything in our power so that Krohn Racing will be fully satisfied with their Onroak Automotive sports prototype.”
“We are delighted that Krohn Racing has chosen the Judd HK LMP2 engine for its’ new Ligier JS P2 race car for 2015 and beyond,” said Stan Hall, General Manager, Judd Engines. “Our race win last weekend in the ELMS race at the Paul Ricard circuit, combined with a 100% finishing record at the Le Mans 24 Hour and race wins in Asia demonstrate just how competitive and reliable the engine is.
“We look forward to working with Tracy Krohn and the entire Krohn Racing team in their new venture and hope some of our experience and knowledge from years of racing and engine building will help add to the team’s future successes.”
“The Ligier has already proven itself with a very strong debut at Le Mans with a variety of engine packages, as well as within ELMS races since,” said Gary Holland, Team Manager at Krohn Racing. “The LMP2 class is very strong and we feel that the Ligier offers Krohn Racing the best path with a proven chassis out of the box with many thousands of miles of testing under its belt.”