Road Atlanta: Porsche Saturday report

ATLANTA -- June 28 -- Already the most successful team in the American Le Mans Series history, preparing two cars which are the most successful marque in series history, the ...

ATLANTA -- June 28 -- Already the most successful team in the American Le Mans Series history, preparing two cars which are the most successful marque in series history, the #24 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RS driven by Germans Timo Bernhard and Jorg Berg mesiter has captured the GT class pole for Sunday's Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta.

After a rainy morning practice, the track dried out nicely for the afternoon warm-up, but a heavy downpour cancelled the scheduled qualifying and the earlier practice times were counted for qualifying. Bernhard drove the Porsche to that pole-position time in the early afternoon warm-up.

Second on the GT grid was the Le Mans-winning driver combo Lucas Luhr/Sascha Maassen in the #23 Alex Job Racing Porsche, while the #35 Ferrari Modena 360 Kelleners/Lazzaro/Borcheller is third. Porsche 911 GT3 RS race cars took the next three positions, wit h the #33 Zip Racing Porsche of Spencer Pumpelly/Andy Lally fourth; the #66 The Racer's Group Porsche with Kevin Buckler/Cort Wagner fifth; and the #43 Orbit Racing Porsche of Leo Hindery/Peter Baron sixth.

In all, Porsche took eight of the top ten GT qualifying positions for Sunday's event.

The Chevy Grand Prix of Atlanta will be broadcast live on the CBS television network starting at 4:00 PM Eastern Daylight time on Sunday, June 29.  The entire event, along with Saturday qualifying, will be broadcast live online on the American Le Mans Radi
o Web, which can be accessed on the Web at www.americanlemans.com.  Live timing and scoring for qualifying and the race are also available at www.americanlemans.com on Saturday and Sunday.

The official Porsche media web site -- www.press.porsche.com -- will have racing results and photos for the Road Atlanta event for the Porsches entered. Use the word "carrera" for both user name and password, then choose "motorsports news" to find the result s. The same information is posted for consumers on Porsche's main site www.porsche.com/motorsport (click on Porsche Motorsports North America and "race reports").

The official race notes and results for all the classes at the Road Atlanta event can be found on the official site for the American Le Mans Series www.americanlemans.com.

Other Web sites that will follow the American Le Mans Series include Daily Sports Car (www.dailysportscar.com), The Race Site (www.theracesite.com), the Speed Channel site (www.speedTV.com), Motorsport.com (www.motorsport.com) , AutoSport magazine's site (www.autosport.com), AutoRacingDaily.com (www.autoracingdaily.com), Motorsport-news.com (www.motorsport-news.com), Crash.net (www.crash.net), racinglines.com (www.racinglines.com), EnduranceSportsCar.com (www.endurancesportscar.com), pitstop.com (www.pit stop.com); and Speed Arena (www.speedarena.com).

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Series ALMS
Drivers Sascha Maassen , Lucas Luhr , Kevin Buckler , Leo Hindery , Peter Baron , Andy Lally , Timo Bernhard , Spencer Pumpelly , Alex Job , Cort Wagner
Teams Alex Job Racing