Laguna Seca: J3 Racing preview

J3 Racing in California for ALMS Finale Monterey, California - J3 Racing has traveled out west to race their number 79/J3 Motorsport/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the final round of the American Le Mans Series to be run on Saturday at Laguna...

J3 Racing in California for ALMS Finale

Monterey, California - J3 Racing has traveled out west to race their number 79/J3 Motorsport/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the final round of the American Le Mans Series to be run on Saturday at Laguna Seca.

The Buford, Georgia based team comes into the final race with drivers Justin Jackson and Tim Sugden in ninth place in the GT driver's point standings.

The 2.2 mile, 11-turn Laguna Seca circuit challenges the drivers with an undulating layout, where at the peak is the famed Cork Screw turn. The remainder of the layout features eight left hand turns with only three rights, putting an emphasis on the setup of the Porsche.

"This is my fourth time here at Laguna Seca. It is one of the nations top road courses and I like to race here," said Justin Jackson. "With a good setup under the car it is great to drive, but you have to have the confidence to get around here fast, especially through the Cork Screw with its blind entry. We need a little bit of good luck, we have had some tough times this year, so we are looking for a good finish this weekend. The GT field is very competitive so you have to have some things go your way on the track and have excellent pit work. My high point of the season was at Petit. The car was really working, I was able to drive it anywhere on the track and run nice fast consistent times. The tough ones were where we had some tire punctures and the broken wheel at Mid-Ohio, just some bad fortune."

Leeds, England based driver Tim Sugden is fresh off the season finale of the British NGT championship where he finished second in the points standings. "The Laguna circuit looks fantastic. I feel like I have been here because I have done so many laps on Play Station at home. I went around on the golf cart yesterday, so I know where to turn, but I will get plenty of laps today and tonight so I will be fine for the race. This year I have really enjoyed running the circuits here in the states. The highlight of my season was definitely at Lime Rock where we were able to lead for two hours and we finished fourth. Our low point was Mid-Ohio. We weren't able to finish due to the wheel breaking, disappointing after a season that did not see many mechanical issues with the car."

The ALMS final race from Laguna Seca will be taped delayed televised on NBC, Sunday, October 17th starting at 2:00 p.m. EDT.

-j3r-

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Series ALMS
Drivers Tim Sugden , Justin Jackson