Alex Job Racing Looking for Sixth Win in a Row at Road America Tavares, Florida -- Alex Job Racing has won the last five races in the American Le Mans Series GT2 category and will be looking to equal last year's win streak next weekend at the ...
Alex Job Racing Looking for Sixth Win in a Row at Road America
Tavares, Florida -- Alex Job Racing has won the last five races in the American Le Mans Series GT2 category and will be looking to equal last year's win streak next weekend at the Generac 500 to be run at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. With their win at Portland two weeks ago, Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas have assumed the drivers points lead in GT2.
In 2004 the team was able to win six races in succession; a win at Road America will equal that win streak for the Porsche factory team. The long 4-mile, 12-turn central Wisconsin road course is a track that the AJR drivers fancy.
Bernhard and Dumas driving their, number 23/Hyatt/Bell Microproducts/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, cannot relax in the points lead. "We cannot rest," explains Bernhard. "We just worked our way back to the points lead; we thought it would be a few more races away! But now the last part for the championship battle has just started. Romain and I know that we are strong right now but everything has to fit for the ultimate success. But I like competition that's what real racing is all about. I think that Road America is a European style track, which Ilike a lot. I'm quite confident we will have another good result. You have the quick corners after the start straight which are not easy to get the entry right and then you have to get back to the throttle as early as possible. My favorite section is the left hander under the bridge just before the last turn, it's nearly flat and blind, on the exit you use a part of the emergency road."
"Last year at Road America we had a tough day, finishing tenth," said Romain Dumas. "I really like the track, it has a variety of turns and the terrain is similar to a lot of tracks in Europe. It is the longest track we race on and there is really only one slow corner, turn five. It is nice to go to a circuit that has many great high speed turns, like the carrousel and the kink that follows. For a driver this is challenging, in Europe we are steadily loosing these types of corner combinations. Timo and I are in the points lead now, but we are still going to every race with the thought of winning."
Ian Baas and new teammate Darren Law are hoping to leave the tough season for the 24 car in Portland and are looking to have a break-through race at Road America next weekend. "In the final Z-tech last year at Road America I finished fifth, so I am real comfortable with the track" said Ian Baas. "I think the track is awesome, it is long and has every kind of turn. I think the setup on the Porsche that we are working with now will be really good there next weekend. We have had a lot of tough luck this year. The team is working hard on the car and we just keep having some difficult issues with the car. The 23 car runs flawlessly, maybe we need to park our car a little closer to that one. I feel we are on the pace now, we just need to be there at the end of the race."
"Road America is a track that every driver loves to visit," said Darren Law. "You have a lot of fast corners that are real challenging and those are what you have to focus the setup of the car on. I can feel the frustration from the team on the way the 24 car has been running. I have a feeling that Ian and I are going to turn it around next weekend and have a good run. He has experience there and I was on the podium there last year."
"The 23 team has really rallied back from our DNF at Sebring," said Alex Job. "The drivers have seemed to settle in and we have had no real issues since the first race. The 24 car on the other hand seems to be representing all of the bad luck for the team. We have really put the performance of the car from a team and driver standpoint under the microscope to see what is happening. I am looking for an outstanding race next weekend at Road America for the 24 car."
The Generac 500 from Road America will be televised live on the Speed Channel starting at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 21st.