AJR/Emory name Daytona 24 drivers

Alex Job Racing/Emory Motorsports Ready for Assault on Daytona 24 Hours Long, Luhr and Rockenfeller to Drive Daytona Beach, Florida -- Alex Job announced today the team's driver lineup for their assault on the Grand American Rolex Series...

Alex Job Racing/Emory Motorsports Ready for Assault on Daytona 24 Hours
Long, Luhr and Rockenfeller to Drive

Daytona Beach, Florida -- Alex Job announced today the team's driver lineup for their assault on the Grand American Rolex Series Presented by Crown Royal Reserve Daytona 24 Hour race. The Taveres, Florida based team will have Porsche factory pilots Patrick Long, Lucas Luhr and Mike Rockenfeller behind the wheel of their number 23/Alex Job Racing/Emory Motorsports/Porsche Crawford.

Patrick Long, the only American Porsche factory driver, will be running his third Daytona 24 Hour, his first in a Daytona Prototype. The Californian is embarking on his third year as a Porsche factory driver. His best finish at Daytona is fifth, he has two starts at Le Mans GT win in 2004.

Lucas Luhr brings more than seven years as a Porsche factory pilot. The German has raced the Daytona 24 four times boasting a GT class win in 2001, second overall. When the team takes the green in January, Luhr will be starting his 13th 24 hour race with Le Mans class win in 2003.

Mike Rockenfeller has two Daytona 24 Hour starts to his credit in 2004 and 2005. The German was second in 2004, just 6-seconds off the top step of the podium. Going into his second year as a Porsche factory driver, Rockenfeller has six 24 hour races on his resume with a Le Mans win in GT2 in '05.

"We have assembled a driver lineup that will showcase speed and experience in endurance racing," said Alex Job. "Patrick, Lucas and Mike are factory Porsche drivers and have a combined 22, 24 hour races between them, which gives us a driver knowledge base that we hope will be competitive at the end of January. As a team we have run 14, 24 hour races and have won the GT class at Le Mans in 2003, 2005 as well as Daytona 24 win in GT3 in 1999. We have quite a knowledge base from which to draw."

The team is busy testing at Daytona International Speedway today with Crawford Technologies to gather further data on their new Crawford/Porsche package, the only one entered for the famed event. At Homestead, just two weeks ago, the "new comers" to the Grand Am Series Daytona Prototype class logged lap times in the top three of the combined sessions over the two day open test.

"We were comfortable with the car right off of the trailer at Homestead," continued Job. "We ran more than 200 laps with no real issues. The combination of the Crawford chassis and the updated Porsche 3.8-liter motor is a recipe we believe can be a factor in the race. Although we are coming into the event as a new prototype team, with a new car, we are no stranger to Daytona and endurance racing. The assistance we have received from Porsche, our strong driver lineup and the proven Crawford has us right up to speed. We will take the same measured approach that we have for the last 18 years, fielding 20 cars during the 12 years of competing at Daytona and be ready for the twice around the clock race come the last weekend in January."

The race in January marks a return to Daytona for AJR after a five year absence, although AJR did run the number 58 Red Bull Brumos entry in 2003. Job has run the race 12 times and his first taste of the high-banks was as a driver in 1976. "The Daytona 24 Hour is a special race for me. I raced there and have run cars there for a long time. The track is just an hour from our shop and we have missed not being apart of the action the past five years. The race has a lot of history and prestige; we are really looking forward to competing for an overall win."

The team's Daytona effort will be sponsored by Shred-it; the world's leading on site document destruction company. The team will also feature partners adidas and charity Limbs for Life.

Shred-it serves more than 150,000 customers around the world. Shred-it was founded in 1988 and, with more than 130 branches on five continents, is now the world's leading on site document destruction company.

Alex Job Racing and Emory Motorsports
Alex Job will provide the technical experience, research and development and team management that have won Alex Job Racing many races and championships. Rod Emory will provide the development and management of marketing and hospitality for sponsors and partners which has been the benchmark of success for Emory Motorsports.

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