Alex Job Racing Ready for ALMS at Lime Rock
Alex Job Racing (AJR) is ready for the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) presented by Tequila Patron Northeast Grand Prix to be run at Lime Rock Park on July 9. AJR has added sports car ace Butch Leitzinger to partner regular driver Bill Sweedler in the No. 23 Battery Tender/Robert Graham/William Rast/AJR/Porsche GTC.
AJR is taking on the 1.5-mile, seven turn Lime Rock Park circuit, the shortest on the schedule. The track located two hours north of New York City will see the GTC Porsches turning laps around 60-seconds, with the top running prototypes running 50-second lap times. This speed combined with the seven turns creates traffic and strategy issues for the team.
"It is always great to race at Lime Rock considering I live in Westport, Connecticut. Lots of friends and family will be attending so that is extra special for me," Sweedler said. "Racing with Butch should be a blast. He is an awesome sports car driver and I'm thrilled to have him as my teammate. The ALMS lime rock event will be the most exciting yet of the season. With 30 plus cars, in four different classes, on a 1.5 mile circuit it should make for constant door to door racing."
Leitzinger counts Lime Rock as his favorite track and knows the nuances of the short circuit.
"Lime Rock can be very frantic with 30 cars packed into it," Leitzinger said. "There is never a moment to rest, as you are always either passing or being passed. It is very important to not lose concentration for even a moment. Lime Rock is a momentum circuit. All of the corners, with the exception of the chicane, are fairly high speed. The key to setting a car up for Lime Rock is to have it be able to roll through the turns well. There is not such a premium on traction or braking. Fortunately, the Porsche, and particularly the Alex Job Porsche, is very good at high speed circuits like Lime Rock. For me, it will only take a few laps to learn what the car likes, and then we will make a few small adjustments to dial the car in."
Alex Job, team owner, is ready to get back to the ALMS schedule.
"It is tough to take the two months off so early in the schedule," Job said. "We have some good momentum going from our second place finish at Long Beach. We have added Butch to the line-up for this weekend and he and Bill are very comfortable at Lime Rock. The track is tough. Traffic and 60-second lap times means we will have to be on our game in the pits and the drivers will have to stay out of trouble on the track. You have to run this race very much like a closed street course - somewhat conservative."
By: alex job racing