Alex Job Racing And Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing Partner At The 24 Hours Of Le Mans.
SEBRING, Fla. -- March 14, 2003 -- Alex Job Racing and Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing are on the road to the world-famous 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 14 and 15. This unique partnership will be a joint effort with members of Petersen Motorsports/White Lighting Racing and Alex Job Racing both preparing and crewing the car. This is the first year either of the successful race teams have entered the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The Petersen Motorsports owned 2003 Porsche GT3 RS will be piloted by Alex Job Racing drivers Lucas Luhr of Monaco and Sascha Maassen of Raeren, Belgium and a TBA driver.
"This has been a dream of mine for a very long time. I would often tell my parents that 'someday I will go to Europe to race' and, boy, have I got my wish! The excitement building up for this race is somewhat overwhelming. To go to Le Mans for me is just the pinnacle of motor racing and I cannot think of a better way to do it. I cannot think of any better-qualified group of people to go and represent the US in Europe," said team owner Michael Petersen.
"Racing at Le Mans is something that Mike and I have planned on doing for years. We set our goal to win Baja, Daytona and Le Mans. We have won Baja overall, Daytona in-class and that just leaves Le Mans. We have been waiting for a good opportunity to be competitive there and I think we have that now. We are excited and proud to be doing this with Alex Job. We think as a combined team we should be hard to beat," said Dale White, team manager Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing.
"I went to Le Mans in 2000 to manage a team, but have never entered. This is a dream come true
and with great partners like Dale and Mike, we hope to turn both teams' skill and talent into a successful win in France," team owner Alex Job said.
"I'm pleased to see two great Porsche teams partner for such a historic and important race. Both Alex Job Racing and Petersen Motorsports are strong teams and will be good contenders and a good representative for Porsche Motorsport North America," Alwin Springer, president of Porsche Motorsport North America said.
Formed in 1988, Alex Job Racing is considered one of the top sports car competitors in the American Le Mans Series. The team has continued its success in the ALMS with numerous podiums, wins and track records including five 2002 championships in the ALMS GT class, IMSA Cup championships, Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen shared the driver championship and crew chief Jeff Gamroth won the GT technician-of-the-year award.
Based in Tavares, Fla., Alex Job Racing serves as a race prep, chassis-building and tuning facility. On a day-to-day basis, team owners Alex and Holly Job are involved in the growth and administrative functions of the team and business.
Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing began operation in the late 1980s competing in off-road endurance events. Major successes have included championships in SODA, SCORE and SNORE and more than 50 wins and 80 podiums. The team has competed in ALMS, Grand Am and World Challenge races with many impressive victories and podiums including a class win, second overall, at the grueling Rolex 24 at Daytona. The Las Vegas-based effort has regularly ranked as the ALMS' highest-placing, non-factory GT team including a 2002 second-place finish at the prestigious Petit Le Mans.