-Porsche driver Sascha Maassen put his Alex Job Racing McKenna Porsche 911 GT3 RS in third position for tomorrow's Laguna Seca race; BMW breakdown limits qualifying- MONTEREY, Calif -- Sept 9, 2001 -- Sascha Maassen, from Aachen, Germany, ...
-Porsche driver Sascha Maassen put his Alex Job Racing McKenna Porsche 911 GT3 RS in third position for tomorrow's Laguna Seca race; BMW breakdown limits qualifying-
MONTEREY, Calif -- Sept 9, 2001 -- Sascha Maassen, from Aachen, Germany, continued to nip at the heels of the factory BMW V8s by putting his Alex Job Racing McKenna Porsche 911 GT3 RS third on the GT grid for Sunday's American Le Mans Series Monterey Sports Car Championships at Laguna Seca Raceway.
Maassen, who grabbed the pole two weeks ago at Mid-Ohio, moved from seventh to third place in the qualifying session, but the 20-minute session was cut in half after the #6 BMW V8 caught fire and forced a ten-minute yellow flag, limiting everyone's opportunity to better their times.
"Our cars were set up just right today, and we are pleased to be only thousandths of a second from second position and a couple of tenths from the pole," said team owner Alex Job. "After the practice sessions yesterday, we were very discouraged and well off the pace, but hard work by the McKenna Porsche crew overnight, and some hard driving by Sascha gave us this position. We hope to stay within striking distance of the factory BMWs during the race, and be in position to win at the end."
The two PTG BMWs were fourth and fifth behind the Maassen/Luhr Porsche, with the other team Alex Job Racing McKenna Porsche 911 GT3 RS racer of Randy Pobst/Christian Menzel sixth.
The Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Porsche 911 GT3 RS, co-driven by England's Johnny Mowlem and Germany's Timo Bernhard, qualified seventh after Bernhard had run third through a good part of the session.
Other Porsche 911 GT3 RS qualifiers included The Racers Group entry of Kevin Buckler/Tyler McQuarrie (eighth); the Kyser Racing Porsche of Kye Wankum/Joe Foster (ninth); the other Racers Group Porsche of Robert Orcutt/Tony Colicchio (tenth); the Dick Barbour Racing entry of Mark Neuhaus/Randy Wars (11th), and the Canadian-based Seikel Motorsports car, with Tony Burgess/Andrew Bagnall (12th).
The ALMS Monterey Sports Car Championships will be telecast live on the NBC television network starting at 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday, September 9 (check local listings for the exact time and channel in your area). The race will also be broadcast live on the American Le Mans Radio Network, which can be accessed on the Web at www.americanlemans.com. That same American Le Mans Series Web site will also have live timing and scoring during the race event.
The official Porsche Web site -- www.porsche.com -- has qualifying information on the ALMS Monterey Sports Car Championships for all the Porsches entered, and will file stories and photos during and after the race. Porsche Web site users should choose "North America" on the home page when prompted to choose a country, then choose "motorsports," then "motorsport news" to find the ALMS updates.
Other Web sites that will follow the overall event include the American Le Mans site mentioned above, TotalMotorsport www.totalmotorsport.com); The Race Site (www.theRaceSite.com), the Speedvision site (www.speedvision.com), Motorsport.com (www.motorsport.com) and the CompuServe site (www.motorsportsforum.com).