Alex Job Racing finishes strong despite problems at the Road America 500.
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. -- Aug. 24, 2003 -- Alex Job Racing ended today's American Le Mans Series Road America 500 fourth and 13th in GT class; the first time since 2001 that neither of the two McKenna Porsche/mail2web.com™ Porsche GT3 RS racing machines haven't finished on the podium.
The No. 24 McKenna Porsche/mail2web.com™ Porsche GT3 RS of Jorg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard finished 13th in class due to suspension problems. During the fourth lap of the race, the rear suspension failed, causing Bergmeister to go off the track right after overtaking his sister car. The racing machine lost 13 laps during the lengthy pit stop.
Starting from the first row of the GT class, the No. 23 Porsche driven by Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen experienced a transmission problem approximately one hour, 30 minutes into the two hour, 45-minute race, causing the machine to stick in fifth gear. Maassen finished the race a strong fourth position in class despite having to pilot the car nearly half of the race in fifth gear.
"I will say that it was an interesting race for us. Road America isn't the best circuit to have to drive in only fifth gear, but I knew that it would be all over if I came in, so I stayed out. It wasn't the best conditions, but I'm glad we finished. It's good to see the Petersen car win, I suppose if it can't be us, it's good for them! I will hope for better luck next race," Maassen said.
"I am extremely disappointed, especially since I had just overtaken Lucas and was in first position. I could tell by the look on my teammate Timo's face when I came into the pit that he was upset too. It's hard when it happens so early in the race. We were only four laps in the race. I wish we could have finished like we did here last year (first), but I guess that's just racing," Bergmeister said.
"This was a tough day for us at Road America. Our cars had their share of problems with the 24 car having suspension problems and finishing 13th and the 23 car with its transmission sticking in fifth gear. It was a great job by Sascha finishing that well with one gear. Congratulations to Petersen Motorsports for the win," team owner Alex Job said.
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.