Lamborghini Programme Discontinued
Krohn-Barbour Racing has announced today that the team’s Murcielago
R-GTs will not appear at Laguna Seca next month – and also
that the team’s programme with the Lamborghinis has been drawn
to a close forthwith.
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,”
commented Tracy Krohn (left).
However, it appears that
there is a very good chance that Krohn-Barbour Racing will appear
in the ALMS in 2005.
"This is a disappointment,
but it's also an opportunity,” said Krohn. “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."
The reasons for the cessation
of the project are explained (by Tracy Krohn) thus:
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 programme was a
late starter, the team only taking delivery of the second chassis
just before Mid-Ohio, having despatched its own team members to
Europe to complete the build. The new car was then heavily damaged
at that first event.
However, the optimism
surrounding this project seemed to be waning even before both cars
were withdrawn from Mosport (during the meeting) – the team
then choosing to miss Road America, to concentrate on development
before Petit Le Mans.
Tom Kjos gave
a balanced view of the situation at Mosport, here.
Scott Atherton, President
& CEO of the American Le Mans Series, commented that, "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.
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. We are very sad to see the Lamborghini
"We know that Krohn-Barbour
Racing is looking at other options in the American Le Mans Series
and would welcome this outstanding group back with us next season."
made a special point of thanking the team’s technical partner
Pirelli – and in particular Peter Tyson [Vice President, Advertising,
Public Relations and Motorsports] and Guy Mannino [President and
CEO of Pirelli Tires North America] – “for their commitment