Krohn Racing Logistics Facts for the Road to Le Mans

Krohn Racing received a late invitation to the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans race and had a very short window in which to prepare their Ferrari F458 and get all their racing equipment and team members to Le Mans, France in time for the official start of the week's activities. A 17-day turnaround of all race equipment and personnel was all the Krohn Team had for all logistical movements.

Below are some interesting facts and timeline specifics about the complexities of the logistical effort:

Krohn Racing received a call from the ACO on Friday, May 23, 2014, that they were officially invited to participate in the 2014 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, June 14-15.

First official ACO event that Krohn Racing needed to attend was ACO scrutineering on Monday, June 9 at 3:30 p.m.

Three Krohn crew members flew on June 2, via Milan, Italy, to Padova, Italy to the Michelotto shop to assist with the transformation of the Ferrari F458 from IMSA specs to the 2014 Le Mans GTE-Am aerodynamics package and Le Mans race engine installation

Over 8,650 kilograms (19,000 lbs) of Ferrari racecar, spare parts, and the Ferrari engine were shipped from Houston, Texas to Le Mans, France, via air, water, and land

In the process of shipping parts and the car, the following transportation vehicles were used: a small van, a 40-foot curtain side truck, a car transporter, a 53-foot semi truck, a ferry, a Boeing 777, and a Boeing 747

On May 30, the No. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari's spare parts were driven from Houston to Chicago, and were then put on a plane to London Heathrow airport on June 1. Once they arrived in London on June 2, the parts were driven and also rode a ferry to get to the Le Mans paddock from June 5-6. This task required seven days, door-to-door, and 12 people.

The Krohn Racing Ferrari and engine had to make a stop in Padova, Italy at Michelotto's shop on their journey from Houston to Le Mans. On May 28, the car traveled from Houston to Luxembourg and then on to Padova on May 31.

On May 27 the Ferrari engine was flown from Houston to London Heathrow, and rode in a van through the Chunnel under the English Channel, arriving at Michelotto in Italy on May 29

Seven different destinations were involved in Krohn Racing's journey to the 24 Hours of Le Mans: the Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport, London Heathrow Airport, Luxembourg Findel Airport, Milan Malpensa Airport,Eurotunnel Calais Terminal (Chunnel), Michelotto shop in Padova, Italy, and finally the Le Mans paddock

All said and done, almost 18,000 miles were covered in getting the Krohn Racing Ferrari race car and necessary race parts from the Krohn shop in Houston, Texas to the Le Mans paddock

7.1 tons of freight were sent, which included seven freight boxes, the race car and engine

24 people work for the Krohn Racing team during Le Mans week and air travel had to be arranged for 21 of them, with the furthest origination point being Perth, Australia (over 10,600 miles without layovers). The main Krohn Racing crew arrived in Le Mans on Saturday, June 7

KROHN RACING LOGISTIC EFFORT - LEMANS 2014

23-May

Krohn Racing receives invitation from ACO 27-May Ferrari engine flown from Houston to Michelotto in Italy via Luxembourg

28-May Ferrari race car flown Houston, Texas for Michelotto in Italy via London

29-May Ferrari engine arrive at Michelotto in Padova, Italy

30-May Krohn Racing spare parts and equipment driven to Chicago

31-May Ferrari race car arrives at Michelotto in Padova, Italy

1-June Krohn Racing spare parts and equipment put on plane to London Heathrow Airport

 Road journey begins for equipment and spares from London to Le Mans, France

2-June Crew work with Michelotto on car prep and installation of engine and 2014 aero bodywork

6-8 June Krohn Racing crew arrives in Le Mans

8-June Krohn Ferrari arrives in Le Mans

 All 3 Krohn drivers arrive in Le Mans

9-June ACO Scrutineering at 3:30 p.m.

Post-Race:

Krohn Racing plans to spend the three days after the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in their Garage no. 3 at the track to work on the Ferrari, preparing it for the next IMSA TUDOR Series race at the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen, June 27-29. The Ferrari race car, crew and all equipment will then depart Le Mans on Thursday, June 19, with the crew returning home and the car and the equipment being sent via London to JFK Airport in New York, from where it will be transported to Watkins Glen.

The Krohn transporter will depart Houston, Texas on Monday, June 23 to drive to Watkins Glen, New York. The crew will fly out on Tuesday, June 24 to Watkins Glen.Simultaneously on Tuesday, June 24 Tracy Krohn, Nic Jonsson, Race Engineer Hayden Burvill and Team Manager Gary Holland will converge at Magny Cours in central France for a P2 test.