Alex Job Racing Finishes Second and Fifth in GT2 at Road Atlanta
Braselton, Georgia - Alex Job Racing finished the two-hour forty-five minute round two of the American Le Mans Series race run at Road Atlanta today with Romain Dumas and Timo Bernhard coming home second and Ian Baas and Randy Pobst finishing fifth.
Dumas started the number 23 mail2web.com/Hyatt/Alex Job/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, from the back grid as a result of not being able to post a qualifying time. By lap ten the Frenchman was running strong in third place in the GT2 class and moving up on the leaders. By lap 73 Bernhard had the car in the lead. After the shuffling from five caution periods the Panoz retook the lead. In the final 20 minutes of the race Bernhard and the class leading Panoz were locked in a battle for the number one position. The Panoz driver was taking a defensive line and with four minutes to go, Bernhard was going for the pass when the Panoz got slightly off line, made contact and spun him heading into turn seven. The IMSA officials brought Bernhard in for a stop-and-go penalty for "avoidable contact", relegating him to second place.
Ian Baas started the number 24/Bell Microproducts/Pro Vest/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR and drove a consistent first stint. Since the rough start at Sebring, the young Indianapolis resident stayed with the field and made one mistake spinning under braking before turning the Porsche over to teammate Randy Pobst. The caution periods proved tough for Pobst to make up ground. Going a couple laps down with the pace car coming out onto the track at inopportune times.
Following teams double DNF at Sebring last month; the day was a positive move forward to defend their 2004 series title.
Timo Bernhard, #23 Alex Job Racing/ mail2web.com/Hyatt/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, "The car was moving around all day, oversteer, understeer really inconsistent. It was the hottest it has been all week, so I think that was part of the problem. We exchanged the lead with the Panoz several times until I was locked in the battle at the end. He was driving very defensively and I saw him slightly off line into seven and went for it and just touched him. It was a good run for Romain and I and helped get back some valuable points."
Romain Dumas, #23 Alex Job Racing/ mail2web.com/Hyatt/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: "My run was good. I was motivated for the start after we were not able to post a qualifying lap. The car stayed under me so I could move through the field. Timo did a great job; the Panoz was all over the track to keep him behind. I am not sure I totally agree with the officials call. But second is a nice comeback after Sebring."
Randy Pobst, #24 Alex Job Racing/Bell Microproducts/ProVest/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: "Ian did a nice job in his first full stint in the car. He was not intimidated with the start and ran really well. The race was hard work, I was trying to move-up, but every time the caution came out I was in the wrong place and was put laps down. The team did a good job to stay on top of the track and the strategy; we will be ready for Mid-Ohio next month."
Ian Baas, #24 Alex Job Racing/Bell Microproducts/ProVest/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: "I had a good start. I had a lot of confidence in the car and I was able to drive everywhere on the track at the beginning. The characteristics of the car began to change, I am not sure if that is the burning off of the fuel and tires going away, just something I will have to get used to and adjust my driving style. I had a spin in turn 10, a car came to the side of me and I just locked up the brakes."
Alex Job, team owner: "Second and fifth is a nice rebound from Sebring. Romain did a nice job to make up for missing qualifying and Timo drove his heart out. I am not sure I agree totally with the call on the stop-and-go, because the Panoz had been blocking for ten laps. Randy and Ian did a nice job. Ian was very consistent behind the wheel and Randy did a good job to make up positions despite being caught out with the cautions."