Mosport International Raceway
Alex Job Racing Finishes Fourth in GTC at Mosport
Mosport, Ontario, Canada, (July 24, 2011) - Alex Job Racing's (AJR) Bill Sweedler and Brian Wong finished fourth in GTC is what was a tumultuous running of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) presented by Tequila Patron Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport.
Sweedler started the No. 23 Battery Tender/Robert Graham/William Rast/AJR/Porsche from the second row in GTC. The Westport, Connecticut resident was running in fifth place up until the team's first pit stop on lap 31. The Alex Job crew put in an excellent stop getting Sweedler out in second and then he proceeded to take the lead in class 12 laps later. As the race progressed, both Sweedler and Wong led laps. With the race playing out to be a fuel run, Wong felt the engine bobble on lap 125, of 129, while in second place. Wong, from Newport, Beach, California , hit the reserve switch, the car stalled and it took him several seconds to restart the No. 23 Porsche, meanwhile he was put back to fourth where he finished.
"I started the race and we had a lot of laps on the qualifying tires (teams have to start on the tires they qualified on)," Sweedler said. "I have never really had a lot of laps here at Mosport and every time I had a session we had a red flag or something to interrupt the running. I never really got good track time. The Battery Tender/Alex Job team did an excellent job. I came into the pits in last place and went out in second and drove to the lead a few laps later. They did a great pit stop. Armed with that effort by the guys in the pits I went out and just drove the car hard to the front. I was able to lead a lot of laps. We then had to pit under green and were still running in second. It was an unfortunate deal at the end with the car and the reserve fuel situation, but that is what happens when you play the strategy right to the last lap, sometimes it goes your way, and sometimes it doesn't."
"Bill really got us off to a great start," Wong said. "The car was really good. Bill was able to drive it to the front. He did an awesome job, he was in the car for a long time. We had a really good strategy planned and it was working out. I knew what the plan was prior to the race. Bill handed me the car in first place. Coming to the end of the race, the traffic was tough. I was in second during the closing laps and then the fuel light came on, I felt the bobble and I hit the reserve and the car just died. I couldn't get it refired. I was turning it off and on and flipping switches. The Battery Tender/Alex Job car was good, it was just a tough way to end it."
Alex Job, team owner, had a roller coaster ride of a day.
"What a day," Job said. "It was looking kind of bleak early with Bill running in fifth. When we brought him in for the first pit stop we were able to make up three places and that really energized Bill and he drove to the front. Brian got in and also did a great job to run the car in the lead. Our strategy took us right down to the wire on fuel. Brian did what he was supposed to do, but I think we had a failure in the car with a pump. When we pumped the fuel out after the race we had over a gallon, which was enough to get to the finish. We will look into it. That doesn't take away from the effort of Bill and Brian and especially the team. It is just the way it goes."
The American Le Mans Series Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport will be broadcast, taped delayed, on ESPN2 tonight, July 24 at 10 p.m. ET
The team will travel to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge to be run with Indy Car August 5 - 6.