Utah: Alex Job Racing race report

Alex Job Racing Finishes Fourth in GT2 in Utah Tooele, Utah b^0x0013 Alex Job Racing finished fourth in round five of the American Le Mans Series run Miller Motorsport Park this evening. Mike Rockenfeller started the number 23/Alex Job ...

Alex Job Racing Finishes Fourth in GT2 in Utah

Tooele, Utah b^0x0013 Alex Job Racing finished fourth in round five of the American Le Mans Series run Miller Motorsport Park this evening.

Mike Rockenfeller started the number 23/Alex Job Racing/Bell Microproducts/Porsche RSR from the last row of the GT2 grid due to a being too low, one-half of a millimeter, in post qualifying technical inspection. The young Germany was able to move through the field and into third place by lap 12. By lap 33 Rockenfeller had made up the prerace deficit to reach second place.

On lap 35 Klaus Graf took over the Porsche in second place and proceeded to gap the number 31 car in third by some 11 seconds. At the two-hour-and-twenty-minute mark the first full caution flew bunching up the field. On lap 58 the field was back under green with Graf being pressured for second. On lap 61 going into turn seven the veteran road racer went off and returned to the circuit in fourth position, just missing the podium.

Mike Rockenfeller had a great run to the front. "I had a strong car and we were able to drive up to second place. I really didn't have any drama during my stint and was able to manage my tires throughout my 35 laps. The guys did a great pit stop to get Klaus out ahead of the 31 car and keep our position in second place. We really didn't have anything for the Ferrari, but we had a solid second until he went off."

Klaus Graf experienced heavy debris on his tires during the caution. "Mike gave me a good car. The Michelin tires were wonderful and I was able build up a gap to third place. During the race a lot debris came onto the track and under the caution period I could feel that I had a lot of pick-up on my tires. I was heading into turn seven aggressively and my front tires washed out and I went off. It is disappointing for the team; we did a great job to come back from last place."

"We had a solid second place," said Alex Job. "We cautioned Klaus on about lap 54 that there was a lot of cars going off of the track and bringing debris on the racing surface. When the yellow came Klaus had a lot of garbage on his tires and subsequently went off in turn seven. The Ferrari had everyone covered, but we were in a position to take second place and go onto Portland with maximum points where I hope that the playing field will be a little more level."

This evenings Miller Motorsport Park race will be televised on CBS tomorrow, Sunday, July 16th at 2:00 p.m. ET.

Round six of the American Le Mans Series will be run at Portland International Raceway next weekend, Saturday, July 22nd.

-ajr

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