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Car Switch for Krolewicz and Team Cannon Fodder
One Lap of America is never without its problems, and for Team Cannon Fodder and Jon Krolewicz, one has struck early.
The Ford Mustang Boss 302 that the pair was going to run in the 2012 event has been having clutch issues, and the team will have to take the back-up car: A 2004 Porsche 911 GT3.
“When life hands you lemons, go get the Porsche,” said Peter Lier, the car owner.
"You won't find me complaining," Krolewicz said. "I don't know what I did in a past life to deserve this, but when the back up option is a GT3 Porsche I feel pretty lucky - I guess I saved a bus load of nuns from driving over a cliff or something."
It will switch the team from the SSGT2 Big Bore Class to the SSGT1 Big Bore class, making it harder for them to take home a class prize, but that’s not bothering Lier.
“We will still beat a lot of faster cars who should be ahead of us,” he said.
Team Cannon Fodder Tests At Roebling Road Raceway
Savannah, Georgia – Jon Krolewicz and Peter Lier had a couple of dry test days at Roebling Road Raceway April 6-7 to put the 2012 Boss 302 Mustang they will be running in the Tire Rack One Lap of America through it’s paces.
“It was great getting to run the car in the dry,” said Krolewicz who had only driven the car in wet conditions at Carolina Motorsports Park.
“I feel a lot more comfortable with the braking and the weight, and I am really looking forward to traveling around the country in this beast.”
Their lap times would have put them in the top-15 the most recent time One Lap of America ran there.
“I feel really good about the lap times,” said Krolewicz. “I wasn’t really pushing the braking zones – (I was) really still in conservation mode since it’s a test day. To know we would have been top-15 is very encouraging."
Next up will hopefully be a little bit of skid pad testing on May 3 at Carolina Motorsports Park while on the way to South Bend, Indiana for the start of One Lap.
Team Cannon Fodder has a wet but good day at Carolina Motorsports Park
Kershaw, South Carolina – Team Cannon Fodder tackled a cold and wet Carolina Motorsports Park on February 19 for their first test day in preparation for the 2012 Tire Rack One Lap of America.
Both Jon Krolewicz and Peter Lier took turns in the 2012 Mustang Boss 302, to get used to the handling and to see what affect adjustments had on the car. Despite the very wet and cold conditions, both Lier and Krolewicz were happy.
“Today was a really good day,” said Lier, the car owner and co-driver for the event.
The duo spent time adjusting driving styles for the 444-horsepower Mustang and changing suspension and traction settings.
“It was great to have a day on a wet track,” Krolewicz said. “This was my first time in the car and it helped to be able to play with the traction control settings and ultimately get comfortable running with no driver-aides.”
Because of the wet conditions it was hard for the pair to tell how their lap times might place them in the One Lap field but Krolewicz was quick to point out that wasn’t the goal.
“The main goal was to just get comfortable in the car,” said Krolewicz. “We know enough about times here that we are in good shape.”
Lier will test the car at Sebring and Homestead in the coming weeks and both Krolewicz and Lier will get back behind the wheel at Roebling Road Raceway in April.
Krolewicz Joins Team Cannon Fodder For The 2012 TireRack One Lap of America
After sitting out 2011 and his worst performance in 2010, Jon Krolewicz will take a different approach to the 2012 running of the around-the-country event when he joins Peter Lier and Team Cannon Fodder Racing.
“This time it’s back to basics, back to fun,” Krolewicz said. “In 2003 I did this with a couple of friends and though it was a serious effort it was as much about just doing it as it was about getting a good result.”
This year Krolewicz teams with Peter Lier on board the Team Cannon Fodder Ford Mustang Boss 302 and the plan for this effort is to capture that “relaxed fit” attitude and see where it can land them.
This marks a departure from the norm for these two fierce competitors who have two overall podiums, six overall top-tens, six class podiums and a class win between them and their teams but One Lap is long and there is no telling what kinds of things can happen.
“I always say a relaxed driver is a fast driver and you are never more relaxed than when you’re having fun,” Krolewicz said. “I don’t expect we will compete for an overall win by any stretch, but I am looking forward to getting to hang out with Peter for a week while pushing the limits of this awesome car.”
The TireRack One Lap of America has been called, “a car-guy’s ultimate vacation” and for these two friends, it’s going to be a fun week no matter what.