MIAMI, Fla. -- Sept. 27, 2003 -- The Alex Job Racing squad withstood both the bumps of the temporary street circuit as well as rainy weather in downtown Miami to finish first and sixth place in GT class at Grand Prix Americas today. Drivers Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen of the No. 23 McKenna Porsche/mail2web.com™ Porsche GT3 RS had a near flawless day completing 151 laps around the 1.5-mile street circuit in downtown Miami. Co-drivers Jorg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard in the No. 24 Porsche had an incident with only 12 minutes before the end of the two hour, 45 minute endurance race to finish sixth in class.
With only a half hour left in the race, No. 24 pilot Bernhard was able to overtake his teammate's Porsche in traffic to slip into first position in class. After a driver change, that position in class was short lived when Bergmeister touched a wall two times, once inside and once outside, breaking the uprights and having to retire the racing machine. No more than seven seconds ever separated the two team AJR Porsches throughout the race until the incident occurred during the last 12 minutes of the chase.
Maassen recorded his 20th American Le Mans Series victory today. He is the most winning driver in ALMS history, 15 of which wins have come driving with Alex Job Racing and all victories to date have occurred on Michelin tires.
"Traffic was a key factor for us today. We were racing so close with Timo and Jorg and then Timo was able to overtake me in traffic and we also lost some time in the last pit stop. I feel bad for my teammates, but we are racing against one another and he gave me an early birthday gift today. It feels nice to achieve the most wins in ALMS history and I thank my teammate Lucas who I have collected most of those wins with and also Alex Job Racing," Maassen said of today's win.
"We have good news and bad news today. The good news first is we won with the 23 car, great job by Lucas and Sascha. The bad news is Timo and Jorg were in first and it looked like they were going to win, but with not much time left to go unfortunately Jorg tagged the wall and broke the upright which dropped them all the way from first to sixth. Now the points chase is incredibly tight. By my quick calculations it looks like they are just one point ahead of the 35 Ferrari in the driver points chase. It's going to come down to a horse race at Petit. Sascha and Lucas have already won the GT driver championship so it's going to be a tight race for second and we'll look forward to that at Petit in a few weeks," team owner Alex Job said.
The unofficial GT team champions will cap off a victorious American Le Mans season with Petit Le Mans, a 10-hour or 1,000 mile endurance race marked for Saturday, October 18 at Road Atlanta Sports Car Course.
Based in Tavares, Fla., Alex Job Racing serves as a race prep, chassis-building and tuning facility. On a day-to-day basis, team owners Alex and Holly Job are involved in the growth and administrative functions of the team and business.