Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Alex Job Racing First notes and quotes The No. 24 Alex Job Racing McKenna Porsche started on the GT pole when the green flag dropped. An unscheduled pit stop brought in No. 24 with Jorg Bergmeister behind the ...
Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring
Alex Job Racing
First notes and quotes
The No. 24 Alex Job Racing McKenna Porsche started on the GT pole when the green flag dropped. An unscheduled pit stop brought in No. 24 with Jorg Bergmeister behind the wheel.
"The whole car filled with smoke and I couldn't breath. At first I couldn't figure out where the smoke was coming from and then it got stronger," Bergmeister said.
Once the car pitted, an oil leak on the engine caused the smoke because the transmission oil cooler filter split. The crew changed the transmission because of the time it would take to get to the filter out. The car was pitted for a total of 35 minutes, bringing the car to number 12 in class.
"We're disappointed because we were in the lead, but the crew did a terrific job of replacing the transmission in record time. It's a long race and a lot can happen, so we're still in it," team owner Alex Job said.
Sascha Maassen started third in class at the start of the race. With two scheduled pit stops, the car is now running first in class.
"It's warm in there right now and the car is handling well. The tires are feeling good, no complaints," Maassen said.
Alex Job Racing Sebring facts
AJR has won the 12 Hours of Sebring four times
1995 (GT-2 class) in a Porsche 911
1999 (GT class) in a Porsche 911 RSR
2001 and 2002 (GT class) in a Porsche 911 GT3 RS
Had one-two wins in 1999 and 2001
No GT team has won the 12 Hours of Sebring five times. AJR will attempt to be the team to break the record this weekend.
AJR has entered at the 12 Hours of Sebring consecutively for the last 15 years. No other team has entered consecutively this many times.
Team owner Alex Job's goal is to make it to 20 consecutive 12 Hours of Sebring races.