First Le Mans practice session for Alex Job Racing - Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing Porsche ends with track record LE MANS, France -- June 11, 2003 -- The No. 93 Alex Job Racing -- Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Porsche took...
First Le Mans practice session for Alex Job Racing - Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing Porsche ends with track record
LE MANS, France -- June 11, 2003 -- The No. 93 Alex Job Racing -- Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Porsche took to the track for the first time tonight in preparation for this weekend's 71st running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The first session ran from 7-9 p.m. with an hour break in between the second session that concluded at midnight.
The car finished first in the LM GT class during the 7-9 p.m. session with a fast lap time of 4:10.650 around the 8.625-mile Circuit de La Sarthe.
With cooler track temperatures as the sun set over the historic Circuit de La Sarthe, the team ended the second two-hour session with quicker lap times and finished with a fast lap of 4:07.996 which was a track record for the LM GT class. The team remained in its first in class and 32nd overall position from the earlier evening session.
Sascha Maassen, No. 93 AJR -- Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Porsche GT3 RS:
"We had some minor adjustments to make and then the car is reasonable but not perfect. We've got some things to do and luckily we have some time to work on it. It's great to be here with the guys I spend time with during the ALMS season. We all work well together and have good fun."
Alex Job, Alex Job Racing team owner:
"Our first day on track at Le Mans was a very good one since we set the quickest time and established the new track record for LM GT. Tomorrow we'll be another day of the same track schedule as today and more opportunities for the pole position so we will see if our time stands."
Dale White, Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning team co-owner:
"I'm really happy overall, the team is working well together; we've got the all-star team working out there. They've meshed well, which they really have to because of the difference with practice and qualifying together. Our car is really set up well and to get it set up here in Le Mans is hard because of the long lap times."
All three drivers bring a strong lineup to the AJR-Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning effort at Le Mans. Luhr is a two-time Le Mans winner (2000 and 2002); Maassen finished second in 2002, and Frenchman Collard has driven at the world's most famous endurance race five times with a career high finish of seventh place in 1996.
The distinctive alliance of Alex Job Racing with Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing is a cooperative effort with members of both Alex Job Racing and Petersen /White Lighting preparing and crewing the car. While rivals in the GT-class of the ALMS, the two have joined to create a formidable team to compete at the prestigious endurance race. Neither team has competed at Le Mans before. Michael Petersen is the car owner while Alex Job acts as entrant and manager. Dale White is the program manager for the operation.
To learn more about Alex Job Racing, visit www.alexjobracing.com. To learn more about Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning, visit www.petersenmotorsports.com.