Utah: Alex Job Racing qualifying report

Alex Job Racing Qualifies Second in GT2 in Utah Tooele, Utah -- Alex Job Racing qualified second for round five of the American Le Mans Series to be run at the new Miller Motorsport Park tomorrow evening. Enduring temperatures of over ...

Alex Job Racing Qualifies Second in GT2 in Utah

Tooele, Utah -- Alex Job Racing qualified second for round five of the American Le Mans Series to be run at the new Miller Motorsport Park tomorrow evening.

Enduring temperatures of over 104-degrees Fahrenheit and track temps of over 135, Mike Rockenfeller drove the number 23/Alex Job Racing/Bell Microproducts/Porsche RSR around the new 23-turn, Utah track in a time of 2:44.797 and an average speed of 98 mph. The effort is the best the team has qualified in the 2006 season.

Mike Rockenfeller ran the fastest time of the weekend for the AJR crew. "I was able to put in a pretty good time, I was held up a little by the Corvette that was pitting, but not enough to take pole. We were the fastest Porsche and starting from the front row in class is good for all of the work we have done this week. We made a decision to switch tire compounds and it paid off, the car really reacted well. The Ferrari is fast, I am hoping we can stay close enough and possibly force and be in a position to take advantage of any missteps they make in the race."

Klaus Graf is happy with the way the crew has brought the car in for the race. "Mike and I have worked hard on the track and the crew has been able to make adjustments that have improved the car every session. I am comfortable with the way that the car is handling; we ran our fastest time in qualifying which is always the goal. There are a lot of variables to go through here with all of the turns and the long straight; I think we will have a good car for the race. We will need to be consistent, keep the tires under the car and have good pit stops and strategy."

"We won the Porsche Cup in qualifying," said Alex Job. "The Ferrari is really dialed into this track. Mike was smart enough to be easy on the tires and we thought we could give the Risi guys a run and then they went out and did a lap that just separated us from the front. Mike and Klaus have done a great job for never having been to the track before. We are ahead of teams and drivers who have a lot of laps at this new circuit. We will need to run a clean race and be ready for any situation. I am not sure we are going to see a full course caution here, so we are planning for a full green race."

Rockenfeller and Graf are currently seventh in drivers points, 40 out of the lead, with Alex Job Racing fifth in the team standings.

Round five of the American Le Mans Series to be run at Miller Motorsport Park will be televised on CBS, tape delayed, on Sunday, July 16th at 2:00 p.m. ET.

-ajr

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Series ALMS
Drivers Klaus Graf , Mike Rockenfeller , Alex Job
Teams Alex Job Racing