Alex Job Racing Going for Fifth Consecutive Sebring Victory
Tavares, Florida - Alex Job Racing is preparing to make a record setting run at their fifth Mobil 1 Sebring Twelve Hour GT2 class victory in a row. With six wins at this historic event, the Florida based team is ready to set a new mark at their home track.
The team will return with their new look number 23/mail2web.com/Hyatt/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR and number 24/Bell Microproducts/ProVest/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. The new look will be debuted at Sebring with reigning 2004 American Le Mans Series GT driver's champion Timo Bernhard and new for '05 teammate Romain Dumas. Joining Bernhard and Dumas in the 23 car will be the driver holding the current record for wins in the ALMS Sascha Maassen.
Maassen is also going for his fifth consecutive Sebring victory. "It is easy for a driver to say to get the fifth win we just have to finish first. The team has been preparing all winter for this race and Alex and the guys are always on top of every detail for Sebring. With Timo, Romain and myself we have a lot of long distance driving experience. We will need to take care in traffic and be very mindful of the lead car not to go down a lap."
Defending ALMS GT driver's champion Timo Bernhard realizes the challenges of Sebring. "Sebring is always the race with the largest entry. That means more LMP cars that are fast and can really mess up the running order once a yellow comes out. You have to run your own race against the GT2 competitors, but you have to always have an eye on the overall leader not to go down a lap. Of course the car has to be reliable and the drivers have to stay away from contact on the track."
"It has been a long winter," said Romain Dumas. "I had the opportunity to test the car last month and we were really fast. I am not sure if it was the perfect weather, but I am hopeful that the speed will carry over to the race weekend. The team is always well prepared for Sebring and they really know the strategy for the race. I am looking to log my first Sebring 12-hour victory next weekend."
In the 24 car road racing veteran Randy Pobst returns to AJR and is teamed with rookie Ian Baas (pronounced Boss). Joining the duo for Sebring and Petit Le Mans will be Brian Cunningham. "Sebring is one of my favorite tracks, I used to live real close in Melbourne and have a lot of track time there," said Pobst. "I am looking forward to driving the RSR; I have a lot of miles in the 911, but have yet to turn laps in the new model. We have our own melting pot of drivers in the 24 car with Ian, Brian and I, but I am confident we can run at the front. It will be good to renew my relationship with Alex and work with Kerry Foote again."
"I am eager to get back behind the wheel and work with the team," said Ian Baas. "This will be my second race at Sebring; I did a double race weekend in Formula Ford last year. This will also be my first endurance event and I am anxious to learn the pit stop etiquette, driver changes and all that goes with a long race. Driving in the dark is going to be great! The Porsche will be a different driving experience through the fast turns like one and 17."
"I have run the 12-hour five times before, my best finish was in 1996 with Oldsmobile when we were second in class," said Brian Cunningham. "I am cautiously optimistic. It is easy to go in thinking you have the best car, best team and great drivers only to be let down by a ten-cent part. Twelve hours is a long time and so much can happen. It is hard not to be excited when you are driving a proven car and the confidence I have in Alex Job Racing to prepare the best possible entry. Our biggest competition will be our other team car and the rest of the Sebring variables."
"We are looking forward to running at Sebring and getting back to victory lane," said Alex Job, owner Alex Job Racing. "It has been a long winter of preparation and everyone is anxious to get back to the track and race. We showed some good speed in practice here in February and look to build on that for the race weekend. We have always run well Sebring and we are hoping to make it five consecutive victories at Sebring."
#23 Alex Job Racing/ mail2web.com/Hyatt/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR:
Sascha Maassen - Sebring and Petit
#24 Alex Job Racing/Bell Microproducts/ProVest/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR:
Brian Cunningham - Sebring and Petit
Alex Job Racing will take to the 3.7-mile 17-turn Sebring International Raceway for the 12-hour event starting at 10:45 a.m. EST on Saturday, March 19th. The race will be broadcast on Speed Channel.
AJR thanks team sponsors mail2web.com, Hyatt, Bell Microproducts, ProVest and partners Mobil 1, Michelin, Puma and ZF Sachs.