Daytona 24: AJR/Emory Motorsports preview

Alex Job Racing/Emory Motorsports Completes Final Preparations for 24 at Daytona Taveres, Florida -- Alex Job Racing/Emory Motorsports is going into the Grand American Rolex Series Presented by Crown Royal Reserve Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona as one...

Alex Job Racing/Emory Motorsports Completes Final Preparations for 24 at Daytona

Taveres, Florida -- Alex Job Racing/Emory Motorsports is going into the Grand American Rolex Series Presented by Crown Royal Reserve Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona as one of favorites to win overall. The speed the team showed at the test three weeks ago is being taken as a cautious barometer of their performance heading into the race to be run January 28th -- 29th.

The team is running the 23/Alex Job Racing/Emory Motorsports/Porsche Crawford, the only such combination entered in the race. Even though they ended the three day test session, three weeks ago, at the top of the time sheet with a best lap of 1:43.431 and an average speed of 123 mph, this accomplishment is being taken in stride as a just another step in preparation for the race.

"We showed some speed at the test which was encouraging," said Alex Job. "We were able to put in a fast lap, but we had a myriad of little things throughout those three days that curtailed our running. It is tough going into the Super Bowl of the series with a car that just turned its first ever laps on November 30th. The Crawford chassis and Porsche engine are proven individually, but not together as a package. We think it is the right package, but we have to have a better feeling for the reliability to be in contention come Sunday the 29th at noon. In the 24 hour races that we have won, we only had to put fuel, tires, a fresh driver and the occasional splash of oil and brake pads to win. You have to have a near perfect race, if you pull the car behind the wall with the level of competition in this race you will not win."

Lucas Luhr is cautiously optimistic about the team's chances for the 24. "First of all you have to get thru the traffic without any problems and you must have a car that is reliable and it has to be quick, which I think we have. In the three days of testing we learned that our car is very quick but we had some problems which I hope we can get solved until the race. Daytona is very tough on the car and the engine."

Mike Rockenfeller knows it takes the total package to win a big event like the 24 at Daytona. "I think the most important aspects are reliability of the car and having a car where you can go the pace of the fastest competitors in the race with a good team behind you. The team needs to make quick pit-stops, have good strategy and perfect preparation. The drivers need to be in good shape, quick and most important we need to stay out of trouble - no incidents. You also need some luck on your side as well."

Patirck Long has a lot of faith in the team and knows the drivers will to have a clean race. "The team is working hard on the little things that are important to go the 24 hour distance," said Patrick Long. "The driveline is strong; the team is working on getting all the pieces to work together. In 24 hours a lot can happen. The drivers need to take care of the equipment. We need to be in a survival mode, with 70+ cars on the track, keeping it clean on the track and in the pits is what is needed early in the race. Having a fast car will definitely help in traffic. I am also anticipating a fair amount of yellows during the race, and we need to be on strategy to try to get a lap or two in the pits. The preparation and work is going into the car by AJR. Porsche knows how to build motors for Daytona, so I am looking forward to having a good race weekend."

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.

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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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Lucas Luhr , Patrick Long , Mike Rockenfeller , Rod Emory , Alex Job
Teams Alex Job Racing