Alex Job Racing Signs Pobst and Baas to Drive 24 Car Tavares, Florida - Alex Job Racing has signed road racing stalwart Randy Pobst and new comer Ian Baas to drive the number 24/Alex Job Racing/Bell Micro Products/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR for the...
Alex Job Racing Signs Pobst and Baas to Drive 24 Car
Tavares, Florida - Alex Job Racing has signed road racing stalwart Randy Pobst and new comer Ian Baas to drive the number 24/Alex Job Racing/Bell Micro Products/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR for the full season in the American Le Mans Series.
Randy Pobst last drove for Alex Job in 2001 where he posted seven top five finishes. The Gainesville, Georgia based driver comes off of the 2004 season having competed in the World Challenge Speed GT series as well as several starts in the Grand American Series.
"Alex Job Racing was a very important part of my racing career from 1998 to 2001," said Randy Pobst. "The first race I did with Alex and Holly we won at Watkins Glen in 1998. 2001 was the last time I raced the full year in ALMS. Since then I have done about six races in the series. I am looking forward to running with Ian; I have heard some very good things about him. I will be counting on his youthful enthusiasm at about 4:00 p.m. at Sebring. Timo and Romain are fast, they are the benchmark in GT2 and I am hoping to provide them with all of the competition they can handle."
Joining Pobst will be 22-year old Ian Baas (pronounced Boss). Baas comes to AJR from the Formula Ford Zetec Pro Series. The Noblesville, Indiana native spent last season in the open wheel series scoring top ten finishes at Sebring, Road Atlanta, Laguna Seca, Mosport, Sears Point, Mid-Ohio and Road America.
"I started in karting and my grandfather sent me to Skip Barber's racing school on my 16th birthday. We started to race Formula Ford when I was 18 and we progressed to the pro series, last year I finished eighth in points," said Ian Baas. "I am really excited about driving a sophisticated Porsche GT2 car. The ALMS is a great series, the cars are advanced and there are a lot great drivers on the track. I did 20 laps last month at the test and my first impression of the car was a little overwhelming. There is a lot more going on than with the Formula Ford. Once everything soaked in I was able to fall into a rhythm with the car and turn some pretty good lap times. I want to make sure I keep my composure and don't try to do too much too soon. I will also be looking to Randy, Timo and Romain for input."
"We are welcoming back Randy Pobst to the team," said Alex Job, owner Alex Job Racing. "I have always believed Randy to be one of the best Porsche drivers that has ever worked for us. Ian is a new comer to the car and the series and that is going to be a big learning curve. Jumping into the car at Sebring, the biggest race of the year, will give him a baptism by fire. We had the chance to run him for a handful of laps at the test earlier this month and we were suitably impressed with his ability in the car and his feedback after the session. With Randy's knowledge of the car and the tracks along with some help from Timo and Romain I am confident he will hold up his end behind the wheel. With new sponsor Bell Microproducts onboard it is nice to have both our cars set for the season."
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Alex Job Racing will take to the 3.7-mile, 17-turn Sebring International Raceway on March 19th looking for their seventh victory and fifth 12-hour in a row.