Alex Job is one of the most respected figures on American endurance racing scene. Since the start of the American Le Mans Series, Alex Job Racing has won the GT title in 2002, 2003 and 2005, as well as class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (2003 and 2005) and a GTC championship last season.
Just this year, AJR took class wins in the 24 Hours of Daytona with Audi and the 12 Hours of Sebring with Porsche.
As the Tudor United SportsCar Championship takes shape for 2014, Alex Job will be forced to make decisions as the team heads toward a participation in the newly created GTD category.
Before heading to Virginia International Raceway this weekend for the penultimate ALMS round of the season, Alex Job sat down for an interview with Endurance-Info.
From a fan’s perspective, GTC has looked very competitive this year, do you share this opinion? “It’s clear that the GTC class has been the most competitive it has ever been since its inception four years ago. I think it’s to do with the strength of the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Series. The drivers who have come from that series, like Cooper MacNeil or Henrique Cisneros, have made the GTC class even more exciting. The first stint of each race are really fought over, without forgetting that the Pro drivers finish the race.”
Petit Le Mans this year will mark the end of the ALMS era. What will you remember most of this ALMS and Grand-Am period? “First of all, I’ll always remember that we were one of the rare teams to have won both in the ALMS and Grand-Am. What’s more we were part of only a handful of teams taking both the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring wins. In ALMS, we won four championships with Porsche. I think that in the long term this merger is good for endurance racing in the USA.”
What are your plans for 2014? “As of now, we are working on a program to enter several cars in the GTD class in USCC.”
Will we see Alex Job Racing at Le Mans again one day? “We were involved in two GT programs at Le Mans and of course we’d like to come back. Cooper MacNeil raced there this year, which was a baptism by fire. Le Mans is the biggest endurance race in the world and everyone in this sport has always shown a desire to put that classic event on their schedules…”
Translation by Rainier Ehrhardt, source: Laurent Mercier, Endurance-Info.com