Clean start Alex Job Racing set the fastest GT times during the first practice for Sunday's American Le Mans Series race at Laguna Seca Raceway. Lucas Luhr set the pace in the No. 23 McKenna Xybernaut Porsche, with a time of one minute 28.633...
Alex Job Racing set the fastest GT times during the first practice for Sunday's American Le Mans Series race at Laguna Seca Raceway. Lucas Luhr set the pace in the No. 23 McKenna Xybernaut Porsche, with a time of one minute 28.633 seconds on the 2.238-mile road course. Timo Bernhard was second in class in the No. 22 Porsche (1:29.335). Sascha Maassen will drive the No. 23 car with Luhr and Jörg Bergmeister will team with Bernhard.
"Today was one to see if the car is alright after all the damage we had at Mosport," Maassen said, referring to the last race. "We had some minor problems - after the crash, the radio didn't work anymore and it didn't work now again, but we fixed it. Apart from that, the car is as good as it was before the crash."
Bergmeister was impressed with the track after his first laps. "It's the first time for me here," he said. "It's good fun to drive. There are some really some nice corners in it and the Corkscrew is something special. We had some little setup problems, had a lot of oversteer. I hope we can improve that for tomorrow, and I hope I can improve the times, also!"
Many of the features on the Porsche 911 street car were developed through the 911 GT3 RS race car. They include monoblock brakes, matte black wipers designed to reduce glare in night racing during the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the placement of the key on the left side of the steering wheel. The key placement was developed for the traditional Le Mans start, where drivers raced from the sidelines to their cars. The left-side key enabled them to turn the key with the left hand while using the right for the gearshift."
The McKenna Porsche staff have had a busy month. A ground-breaking ceremony was held Sept. 10 for a new 45,000-square-foot dealership, which will house 14 service bays and a state-of-the art parts facility. Sept. 14 and 15, the company displayed its McKenna Porsche GT3 RS - identical to the Alex Job Racing McKenna Porsches - at the German AutoFest in Ventura, Calif. The annual festival provides a gathering point for California Porsche owners, with this year's attendance estimated at 100,000.