Mosport International Raceway
Alex Job Racing to Start from Second Row in GTC at Mosport
Alex Job Racing's (AJR) Brian Wong qualified fourth in GTC for tomorrow's running of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) presented by Tequila Patron Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport. Wong is teamed with Bill Sweedler in the No. 23 Battery Tender/Robert Graham/William Rast/AJR/Porsche.
The team from Tavares, Florida has been trying to match the set-up of the No. 23 AJR Porsche to the changing track conditions at the 2.5-mile, 10-turn circuit located north of Toronto. Under near 100-degree temperatures, to cloud cover and high 80s, the weather is posing an engineering challenge to the team. In the first practice on Friday, Sweedler and Wong showed a lot of speed and were second in the GTC class. It was the coolest temperatures of the weekend. In qualifying the thermometer read in the low 90s which slicked up the track and made handling a premium. Wong ran a time of 1:23.787 in qualifying that will have the team start from the second row in GTC.
"Practice has been really good," Wong said. "We started off the weekend really fast. Then we started to work on the set-up a little more and we may have went too far and had to comeback. In qualifying the car was the best it felt all weekend, although it didn't show the speed we wanted. Bill has been really consistent behind the wheel. The sun came out around lunch time and baked the track. It has lost a lot of grip, hot and greasy out there this afternoon. We will have our usual good strategy in the race as well as pit stops and look to have a good race tomorrow."
Sweedler will be looking for a consistent run in the race.
"We have been all over the time sheet this weekend," Sweedler said. "We unloaded and were fast in the first practice yesterday. Today we are chasing the car and the track conditions. It is slippery out there. We made some improvements on the set-up, the car feels better to me and then it doesn't show-up that way on the time sheet - frustrating. Brian posted our fastest lap in qualifying, which is a good sign to carry us into the race tomorrow. Alex and the guys will be on top of the strategy and pit stops, we just need to have a steady all around run and we should get a good result."
Alex Job, team owner, is managing all of the variables this weekend.
"We know what it takes to be successful at this track," Job said. "We have a good baseline set-up, but usually at Mosport you are not worried about the heat. We have a real mix of weather, it was kind of cool on Friday, hot today and it supposed to fairly cool tomorrow. Bill and Brian are a little frustrated with the changing conditions, but Brian was able to post our fastest time in qualifying, so we are keeping in touch with the track. We will need to be really on our toes in the morning warm-up to put that last tune on it for the race."
By: alex job racing