Mid-Ohio: Porsche preview

13 Porsche 911 GT3 RS(R) Race Cars to Challenge America's Classic Road Course at Mid-Ohio, Le Mans-Winning Porashe Teams, Drivers are here --The Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, fresh from its win from its GT class win...

13 Porsche 911 GT3 RS(R) Race Cars to Challenge America's Classic Road Course at Mid-Ohio, Le Mans-Winning Porashe Teams, Drivers are here

--The Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, fresh from its win from its GT class win at Le Mans, is at Mid-Ohio to meet the challenge of the defending champions from Alex Job Racing, The Racer's Group Porsches featuring Le Mans winner Patrick Long, and ALMS regulars BAM!, Flying Lizard, J3 Racing, and P.K. Sport.--

LEXINGTON, Ohio -- June 25 -- For some Porsche race teams, it's the fourth race in three weeks, and for others, it's the first race in three month, but for all, it's the first of six races in eight weeks for the 2004 American Le Mans Series starting with this weekend's event at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The most-traveled team in the last several weeks is The Racer's Group, whose cars are headquartered at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., with a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR at Le Mans June 12-13, five Porsche GT3 Cup cars at Indianapolis and a Porsche 911 GT3 RS racer at Watkins Glen last weekend, and two Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs here this weekend.

"Our resources have been spread over several continents," said Buckler, who has stepped aside as an ALMS driver this year in favor of factory driver Patrick Long.

"It's good to have our focus back on the American Le Mans Series, and concentrate of getting Patrick Long and Cort Wagner to the front of the GT pack," said Buckler, who has entered a second car for Jim Matthews and Pierre Ehret. Buckler was a winner at Mid-Ohio two years ago -- the only other time ALMS has run at this track -- when he and B.J. Zacharias drove The Racer's Group car to victory.

On the other side of the travel log is the Tavaras, Florida-based team of Alex Job Racing, which has been home since its one-two finish at Sebring in March with its Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs driven by Sascha Maassen and Timo Bernhard (regular driver Jorg Bergmesiter was ill and could not drive) finishing first, and Marc Lieb/Lucas Luhr/Romain Dumas finishing second.

"We were tired of being in the shop," said Job, whose team has won the ALMS GT championship the last two years.

"Everyone here works towards winning races, and we are finally back at the track with a chance to defend our title," said Job, referring to the three-month hiatus in the schedule.

Last year's Alex Job Racing championship drivers, Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen, are running in the FIA-GT series in Europe for 2004. Bernhard/Bergmeister will be in one car for the rest of the season, while Lieb/Dumas will be in the other.

Meanwhile, the conquering warriors from Las Vegas, the Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing team of David Murry and Craig Stanton will try to get back to business after winning the GT class at Le Mans only two weeks ago with Sascha Maassen, Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long at the helm.

"We had a great run a Le Mans, and the car is race-ready for Mid-Ohio, but we now have to face the business at hand -- the very tough ALMS GT field," said team manager Dale White, who combined with Alex Job Racing for a victory at Le Mans a year ago as well

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