Miami: Alex Job Racing qualifying notes

eighth pole Alex Job Racing will start first and second in the GT class for Saturday's American Le Mans Series race in Miami, after the team collected its eighth pole position in nine races this season. Lucas Luhr drove the No. 23 McKenna ...

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Alex Job Racing will start first and second in the GT class for Saturday's American Le Mans Series race in Miami, after the team collected its eighth pole position in nine races this season. Lucas Luhr drove the No. 23 McKenna Xybernaut Porsche to the class pole in one minute 13.662 seconds on the 1.387-mile temporary street circuit. His teammate Jörg Bergmeister was just a tick behind in the No. 22 Porsche for second in class (1:14.371).

The qualifying session was delayed by repairs to replace asphalt that was breaking up in sections of the course. Luhr said the new pavement slowed his qualifying run. "This morning I went 1:11.9 [time] and now I did a 1:13 and I couldn't go any faster, it was so slippery," he said. "It's a shame that the track on that particular point is so bad because it's like driving with slicks in rain. I think we're going to have big problems in the race because the race is at 4 o'clock and the track gets worse, not better."

Bergmeister agreed portions of the track are difficult, but he said the characteristics of a street circuit make the race more interesting. "I like the track very much. It reminds me of Monaco, especially the part by the water," he noted. "It's good fun here with the bumps, it makes it a bit more difficult. The double-lefthander with the new concrete has too little grip so I don't like that part much, but overall it's a nice track."

McKenna moves

McKenna Porsche is one of the top 10 Porsche dealerships in the United States, but the company doesn't stop at one achievement. The southern California-based McKenna Automotive Group is ranked first in Volkswagen sales, fifth in BMW sales and 11th in Porsche sales in the western United States.

McKenna has a diverse vehicle lineup to support its broad customer base. "We have truck drivers, school teachers, hair dressers and people in the mortgage business," general manager Neil Okun noted. "With Volkswagen, BMW, Audi and Porsche under one roof, it's interesting to see people trade up. We've had people start out in a Volkswagen, work up to an Audi, then get into a Porsche."

-ajr/sp-

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