Sascha Maassen earns third ALMS pole of the season in the Alex Job Racing Xybernaut McKenna Porsche 911 GT3 RS; D.C. race live on NBC-TV. WASHINGTON, D.C. - July 20 - Sascha Maassen, whose American Le Mans Series driver title hopes have been ...
Sascha Maassen earns third ALMS pole of the season in the Alex Job Racing Xybernaut McKenna Porsche 911 GT3 RS; D.C. race live on NBC-TV.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - July 20 - Sascha Maassen, whose American Le Mans Series driver title hopes have been dashed the last two years at the season finale, showed he is determined to win the championship this year as he put his #23 Alex Job Racing Xybernaut Mc Kenna Porsche 911 GT3 RS on the GT pole for Sunday's Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington, D.C. at the temporary circuit around Robert F. Kennedy Stadium.
Maassen was not that surprised that he won the pole - his third of the season - but he was surprised by the margin, more than seven-tenths of a second.
"The top three GT cars were less than two-tenths of a second apart in the last practice session, so I expected qualifying to be much closer. In order not to use up the tires, and to minimize the chance for mistakes, I try to make my first qualifying lap m y best one, and it worked out well today on lap #2," said Maassen, who qualifies alternate events with co-driver Lucas Luhr using a schedule pre-determined at the start of the year.
"The cars and the course will take care of themselves for the race tomorrow, but it will be the drivers with the coolest heads - both temperature and behavior - who will do well in the final standings," said Maassen, winner of recent street races in Macau and Monoco in Europe.
Second on the grid will be the #22 Alex Job Racing Porsche of Jorg Bergmeister/ Timo Bernhard, winners of the previous ALMS event at Road America July Fourth weekend. The #66 Kevin Buckler/Brian Cunningham The Racer's Group Porsche is third, followed by t he #99 Larry Schumacher/David Murry Porsche.
In all, Porsches captured the top five qualifying positions, and nine of the top ten spots on the grid. Porsche is seeking its 25th American Le Mans Series class win, dating back to the beginning of the series in 1999. No other manufacturer has reached 2 0 wins to date.
The American Le Mans Series Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington, D.C. will be broadcast live on the NBC television network starting at 1:00 PM Eastern time on Sunday, July 21. The race will be broadcast in Europe on a tape-delayed basis on Sunday, July 28, at 20:00 Central European Time on the Eurosport television network. The Washington event will be broadcast live online on the American Le Mans Radio Network, which can be accessed on the Web at www.imsaracing.net. That same American Le Mans Series/IMSA w eb site will also have live timing and scoring during the race event.
The official Porsche web site - www.porsche.com - will have qualifying information on the Washington event for all the Porsches entered, and will file stories and photos during and after the race. Porsche web site uses should click on "North America" from the home page when prompted to select a country, choose "motorsports," then "news" to find the ALMS updates. The Porsche Motorsport North America pages (www.porsche.com/motorsport) and the Porsche Cars North America media site (www.press.porsche.com - user ID and password are both the word "carrera") also have motorsports news, with the media site conta ining driver bios and team information as well.
Other Web sites that follow the ALMS events include The Race Site (www.theracesite.com), the Speed Channel site (www.speedTV.com), Motorsport.com (www.motorsport.com) , AutoSport magazine's site (www.autosport.com), AutoRacingDaily.com (www.autoracingdaily .com), Motorsport-news.com (www.motorsport-news.com), Crash.net (www.crash.net), Racelines.com (www.racelines.com), EnduranceSportsCar.com (www.endurancesportscar.com), AmericanRaceFan.com (www.americanracefan.com) and Daily Sports Car (www.dailysportscar .com).