What can Alex Job do about the penalty assessed to his team?
Alex Job Racing is unhappy with IMSA's miscall during the 12 Hours of Sebring.
During the eighth hour, IMSA issued a stop and go plus 80 second penalty to the #22 car for avoidable contact with the #49.
Cooper MacNeil was radioed by his engineer asking him to come in for a penalty, which according to their pace, would destroy the team's chances at a win.
"The officials made us come in and serve a stop-and-go plus 80-second penalty. We lost the race by 4.7 seconds and we had an 80-second penalty, so in my mind we won by 75 seconds. It really killed our race," said MacNeil. "They sent the wrong guy to the chair. I am not happy. The positives were that the team did a great job fighting our way back to fourth and the WeatherTech Porsche was great all day."
Alex Job spoke to SportsCar365 and said he has been given an apology from IMSA, who has a two for two track record for missed calls in 2014.
“I want some satisfaction. Apologies are not enough," Job said.
The actual incident that the officials reviewed without realizing they were looking at the wrong car was between the 912 Porsche, who went on to win the class, and the #49 Ferrari.
Allan Thom, the president of Weathertech tweeted something rather peculiar after the event yesterday. His tweet read "@WCRacing is looking like an interesting series in my eyes."
Thom is referring to the Pirelli World Challenge, the other sports car series, which has a premier class featuring some of the world's best GT3 cars available.
While Thom holds the purse strings, Alex Job Racing would either see itself move with the sponsor, or find itself without funding. Could be some interesting times ahead.
The smoking gun.
Motorsport.com has obtained images showing both the #22 car going through the turn. The EXIF data from the image shows the image was taken ten seconds prior to the two final images below, which show the 912 car making contact with the #49 Ferrari.
Should IMSA take action somehow? What could the series do to make this right?