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ALMS - Krohn-Barbour Racing Discontinues Lamborghini Program
Written by: RACER staff
Houston, Texas – 9/28/2004 The Krohn-Barbour Lamborghinis apparently have raced for the last time. (LAT photo)

Krohn-Barbour Racing has announced it will not enter its two Lamborghini Murciélago R-GTs in the season finale of the American Le Mans Series at Laguna Seca, Oct. 14-16, and has discontinued its program with the Italian cars.

Krohn-Barbour Racing was established this year by Tracy Krohn and sports car legend Dick Barbour, and has contested most rounds of the ALMS since taking delivery of the two Lamborghinis in mid-June, shortly before the second of the series’ nine races. The team’s two cars were driven by David Brabham/Peter Kox and Tracy Krohn/Scott Maxwell.

“We always knew the Lamborghini would need some development work, being a new race car, but we went into this program having been promised a level of factory support that in my opinion was not delivered,” said Krohn. “Krohn-Barbour negotiated with Lamborghini ahead of the season and reached an agreement in good faith. Krohn-Barbour has honored all of its commitments. Unfortunately Lamborghini didn’t provide the draft contract until the day before delivery of the second car, and in my opinion this failed to reflect the original agreement. Discussions with Lamborghini at Petit Le Mans last weekend failed to resolve this.

“This is a disappointment, but it’s also an opportunity. There are other race cars and other types of race cars out there. Krohn-Barbour Racing has set very high standards in preparation, engineering, and presentation, and is evaluating options with a view to a new program in 2005 and beyond.”

ALMS president Scott Atherton expressed the organization’s disappointment at the news.

“The Lamborghinis have been some of the most popular cars that have ever competed in the American Le Mans Series and were very well-received by fans everywhere they went this season,” Atherton said. “We are very sad to see the Lamborghini program discontinued.

"Tracy Krohn, Dick Barbour and everyone at Krohn-Barbour Racing have put forth a very strong and professional effort with these cars and we certainly applaud their work ethic and presentation. Tracy has kept us in the loop every step of the way and it is most unfortunate that this program could not reach its full potential.

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This is too bad to hear. Especailly after Aston Martin, Chevy, Saleen, Dodge, and possibly Ford have announced their intentions to join the series. Hopefully, Lamborghini will reconsider its factory backing procedure.
 

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Lamborghini, Krohn Barbour Racing withdrawal announcement
Racing series ALMS
Date 2004-09-29

29 September 2004--/Automobili Lamborghini has expressed its disappointment at the withdrawal of Krohn-Barbour Racing from the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) following the announcement by the team that it will not attend the final 2004 round at Laguna Seca and does not have plans to contend the 2005 championship with its two Lamborghini Murcielago R-GTs.

Krohn-Barbour confirmed its departure following this weekend's Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, Georgia, after a strong finish by the number six car piloted by Krohn/Maxwell/Fox in the 1000 mile, ten-hour endurance race, and a third place position for the number five car until an oil spill five hours into the race caused the Brabham/Kox/Jonsson R-GT to come off and subsequently retire.

"We're sorry that Krohn-Barbour Racing has decided to discontinue racing in the ALMS," commented Lamborghini's marketing manager Manfred Fitzgerald. "The team is at the point where it has gained ground since starting its five-race ALMS campaign, when the cars came 'out of the box' to race for the first time at Mid-Ohio earlier this year. The modifications that Lamborghini and Reiter Engineering recommended to the team as part of our considerable input into the programme have now been implemented and the results of this were seen in recent tests and at Petit Le Mans."

"Although we feel that, acting on the recommendations of Lamborghini and Reiter Engineering, there is still considerable progress the team could make with the cars, we also appreciate that team circumstances change quickly in motorsport."

-al-

http://www.motorsport.com/news/article.asp?ID=169771&FS=ALMS-LEMANS
 

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Re: Lamborghini, Krohn Barbour Racing withdrawal announcement

When the Lambo team was here in Portland, OR earlier this summer for the
PDX ALMS race, I asked Tracy Krohn about the seeming unfareness that
they are running stock 6.2 liter Murci powerplants when the Corvette boys
are allowed to run 7 liter motors, even though you can't buy a stock C5 with
that size powerplant. I think we all remember when the C5 Vette guys joined
ALMS some years ago when they were down on displacement compared to the Vipers and comparatively slow as a result. They were allowed to go to
7 liter motors.

Tracy agreed with me and responded that they were "working on it".
Evidently, it didn't pan out.

I think I will drop ALMS a line and point this out to them as well.

I will GREATLY miss the Lambos. They were my favorite cars out there !!
 

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This really is a shame that they’re pulling the program, I watching when he spun out on the oil and got stuck in sand. It was very disappointing just because they were running so well that day. I thought that team had a lot of potential.

How much do you think it costs just for the start up of a team, not taking into account track/race fees, and things of such nature. Or what process would one have to go about to do so.

-ortiz
 

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jerseylaw said:
This really is a shame that they’re pulling the program, I watching when he spun out on the oil and got stuck in sand. It was very disappointing just because they were running so well that day. I thought that team had a lot of potential.

How much do you think it costs just for the start up of a team, not taking into account track/race fees, and things of such nature. Or what process would one have to go about to do so.

-ortiz
Champion Audi spent $2 million US for one race the 24 hours of Le Mans. This did not include the cost of the car. The cost of shipping the tools they needed over from the US was greater than buying them new in Europe which they did instead. I bet with cars, trucks etc. these guys spent at least 3 million. Remember Ferrari spends 300 Million a year racing F1. There is a Great article in last months Car and Driver by a friend of mine Ted West about the costs of running at Le Mans and Champion Audi's Excellent adventure over there this year.
 

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"When the Lambo team was here in Portland, OR earlier this summer for the
PDX ALMS race, I asked Tracy Krohn about the seeming unfareness that
they are running stock 6.2 liter Murci powerplants..."

I believe the R-GTs are running the 6.0L units based on the Diablo GT-R. So the disparity is larger than you thought.
 
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