AJR Looking for Three-Peat at Petit Tavares, Florida -- Alex Job Racing will be looking for their third Petit win in a row in round eight of the American Le Mans Series race to be run on September 25th at Road Atlanta. The Florida based team...
AJR Looking for Three-Peat at Petit
Tavares, Florida -- Alex Job Racing will be looking for their third Petit win in a row in round eight of the American Le Mans Series race to be run on September 25th at Road Atlanta. The Florida based team has won the 10-hour Petit Le Mans in 2003, 2002 and 1999.
The team has come off of a grueling six races in ten-weeks for a chance to prepare the McKenna/mail2web.com/Xybernaut/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs for the 1000 km race to be run at the 2.54-mile, 12-turn Georgia road course. "We have been able to field competitive cars at Petit every year," said Alex Job, team owner. "This year can be no different. We are locked in a tight GT points battle that we have not seen at this point in the season since the ALMS series started. We have a chance to win Timo the championship at Petit, he has to come away with 24 points. With Laguna finishing in the darkness for the first time ever, this is a wild card, so we want to try and take care of business at Petit."
Timo Bernhard and teammate Jorg Bergmeister, drivers of the number 23 AJR Porsche, are ready for the 10-hour event. "Theoretically, I could win the championship if the number 45 Flying Lizard car does not finish. But they have run so consistently over the year that I honestly think it'll go to a show down at Laguna. My goal is to win the championship and we are well prepared." Long time AJR pilot Sascha Maassen will join the 23 duo at Petit. "Everything is a little more relaxed when you have a third driver, you're physically not on the limit. Having Sascha is a very good opportunity. He has a lot of experience in a Porsche and knows the team and the track very well. He definitely helps my chances for the driver's championship," continued Bernhard.
Sascha Maassen is looking forward to helping Bernhard race for the title in the number 23 car. "The ALMS GT Championship has never been a closer fight. This makes the GT class the most exciting class in the field, I wish I was in the thick of it. I am hoping to support Timo in his bid for the championship by making no mistakes. I always look forward to racing at Road Atlanta. I love turn five, it's a left hand corner with an elevation change with at least two different kinds of tarmac and curbs to be used at entry and exit."
Marc Lieb, Romain Dumas and Wolf Henzler will pilot the number 24 AJR Porsche. Lieb and Dumas have both raced at Road Atlanta before, Henzler is new to the Georgia circuit. "Romain and I have both raced Petit before, so this should be a good opportunity for us to get our second win of '04," said Lieb. "It will be nice to do some testing with the team as we haven't had that opportunity yet this year. The test will also help Wolf get up to speed with the team and learn the track. My favorite part of the circuit is coming down the hill into the last turn, you are almost flat out through there - nice!"
The team will have its first opportunity of the year to do some testing at Road Atlanta. "We will test on Friday, Saturday and Sunday prior to the race week. This should definitely help us in our chase for the title," continued Job.
AJR driver Timo Bernhard currently leads the driver's points standings with 113. To secure the title, Bernhard and teammates will have to come away from Petit with a 24 point advantage. Alex Job Racing can clinch the ALMS GT team standings by finishing one car ahead of the pursuing second place Porsche team.
#23/McKenna/mail2web.com/Xybernaut/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: Timo Bernhard, Jorg Bergmeister, Sascha Maassen
#24/McKenna/mail2web.com/Xybernaut/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: Romain Dumas, Marc Lieb, Wolf Henzler
Petit Le Mans will be will be televised live on Speed Channel starting at 11:30 a.m. with segments at 5:30 p.m. and the finish at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time.