Sebring: Alex Job Racing preview

Alex Job Racing Looking for Sebring Four-Peat Tavares, Florida -- Alex Job Racing is poised to win its fourth Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in a row and begin their run to a third consecutive American Le Mans Series GT championship when the...

Alex Job Racing Looking for Sebring Four-Peat

Tavares, Florida -- Alex Job Racing is poised to win its fourth Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in a row and begin their run to a third consecutive American Le Mans Series GT championship when the green flag drops next week. Adding to the drama will be Lucas Luhr, driver of the number 24 McKenna/mail2web.com/Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, will be going for a record breaking fourth straight class win.

Luhr is going for a record fifth class win in a row, which would surpass legendary Porsche driver Bob Holbert. Currently the two are tied with four consecutive class wins each. Luhr has a chance to be the sole Sebring record holder of five straight class wins in a row. "Bob Holbert is a legendary Porsche driver, being recognized in the same history book as him will be a special memory in my career," said Luhr.

Sascha Maassen returns to Sebring, but this time he will not be partnered with his longtime teammate Luhr. Maassen, ALMS's winningest driver, will be teamed with Timo Bernhard and Jorg Bergmeister, while Luhr will partner with Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas. In 2001, Maassen set the GT class qualifying record with a time of 2:06.764 and an average speed of 105.07 mph. Also in 2001, Maassen, Luhr and Emmanuel Collard set the GT class race distance record with 326 laps (1,206.2 miles) completed.

"We are looking forward to going for our fourth 12-hour win in a row and our sixth Sebring victory. It will be an interesting race with our two cars, we will have Lucas and Sascha racing against each other," said Alex Job, team owner. "The GT field gets increasingly competitive every year. The Porsche teams keep raising their level of performance and the Ferrari is becoming a real threat."

Although the team will not participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 3.7-mile, 17-turn central Florida circuit can be a bigger test of driver and car. "Sebring is very tough! A 12-hour race there is harder on the car and the driver than any 24-hour race. Because Sebring is quite bumpy in a lot of sections and you have very fast portions where, over the course of the race, your fitness and concentration is important. On top of that you have to deal with the heat and humidity," said Timo Bernhard.

The updates to the Porsche have the drivers anxious to compare their new car to the competition. "One of the big advantages of the Porsche is its engine placement. The motor in the rear gives us a big traction advantage, the ability to put the power to the track. The other big advantage has been the braking performance of the Porsche. Combine these traditional Porsche attributes with the new sequential gearbox, this gives us a very strong package," said Sascha Maassen.

The race will be televised Saturday, March 20, on Speed TV starting at 10:00 a.m. Speed will carry the complete race, over 13-hours of coverage.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Emmanuel Collard , Sascha Maassen , Lucas Luhr , Jörg Bergmeister , Timo Bernhard , Marc Lieb , Romain Dumas , Alex Job
Teams Alex Job Racing