Alex Job Racing Finishes Sixth at Sebring Sebring, Florida -- Alex Job Racing finished sixth in GT2at the American Le Mans Series Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring today. The team was able to run strong throughout the early hours of the event...
Alex Job Racing Finishes Sixth at Sebring
Sebring, Florida -- Alex Job Racing finished sixth in GT2at the American Le Mans Series Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring today. The team was able to run strong throughout the early hours of the event until contact took its toll later in the race.
Mike Rockenfeller was able to race the #23/Alex Job Racing/Bell Mircroproducts/Porsche into second place on the very first lap. The competitiveness of the AJR Porsche shined early with Rockenfeller jockeying for the first hour of the race.
Upon handing over to Klaus Graf on lap 36, the German was able to lead the class until contact with a P2 car in turn 14 stopped his run at the front. Graf was able to recover, only to have a tire go down into turn one sending him toward the tire barrier. This contact would later come back to haunt the team's attempt for their seventh Sebring victory.
Seventeen year old Graham Rahal took over from Graf three hours into the race. The road racing prodigy was able to quickly get up to speed and improve some three places from where he received the car. On lap 99 his climb back to the top of the GT2 scoring was thwarted when a flat left front tire forced him to pit.
Each of the three AJR drivers endured flat tires. The final blow to the team's chances to remain at the front was a failing right front control-arm precipitated by the early race Graf contact with the P2 car.JThe crew replaced the right front corner and returned the car to the fight some 10 laps down. Rockenfeller and Graf were able to make up ground and finish nine laps down to the eventual GT2 winner gaining valuable points toward the season ending championship.
Mike Rockenfeller, 23/Alex Job Racing/Bell Microproducts/Porsche 911 RSR, "It was tough what happened to Klaus at the beginning, but that is endurance racing. Even then we were able to come back and return to the fight at the front. I was able to run fast laps and the car was very stable. It is a shame; we worked very hard on the car all through practice and got it right for the race. I really want a win here, this race is so difficult that it is one every driver wants to win, I expected a different result. We will win some races this year, but for sure the battle at the front will be very tough all season."
Klaus Graf, 23/Alex Job Racing/Bell Microproducts/Porsche 911 RSR, "I was going into turn 14 and the number six P2 car came across the front and chopped me. I was holding my line, it was really unnecessary. I was able to recover and then four laps later going into turn one the tire went flat and sent me toward the tire wall. I was able to keep it from really hitting hard and get it back to the pits. Even after we were able to come back and make a run to the front, then both Mike and Graham had problems later. The Ferrari and Panoz are very fast, it will be a competitive season."
Graham Rahal, 23/Alex Job Racing/Bell Microproducts/Porsche 911 RSR, "This was a tough result for the team. We were battling at the front and had a really good car. Klaus had some bad luck with contact and the flats and the upright also contributed to our story. I had a moment in turn 17, I was heading toward the track out and went over a bump and it came around on me, I kept it off of the wall and didn't lose a place. I was happy with my effort and the pace I was able to run considering the limited practice laps I had this week. It was great to run up at the front here and really get a taste of the competition through my first stint."
Alex Job, 23/Alex Job Racing/Bell Microproducts/Porsche 911 RSR, "Unfortunately it was another tough Sebring for us. Klaus had the contact early, which was the precursor to our upright problems later on in the race. We also had some bad luck with debris on the circuit and flat tires. We are going away with sixth place points, which is more than we left with last year. With the significantly elevated performance of the Panoz and Ferrari, every point this year will have significant value toward the championship."
Round two of the American Le Mans Series will be run at the Grand Prix of Houston on May 12th.