AJR to debut new drivers, cars at Sebring

Alex Job Racing to Debut New Drivers and Cars at Sebring Tavares, Florida - Returning American Le Mans Series GT class champions Alex Job Racing will unload at Sebring with new cars and two new drivers Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas. The new pilots...

Alex Job Racing to Debut New Drivers and Cars at Sebring

Tavares, Florida - Returning American Le Mans Series GT class champions Alex Job Racing will unload at Sebring with new cars and two new drivers Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas. The new pilots will join last years GT class runner-up pairing of Jorg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard in the Alex Job Racing/Mail2Web Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs.

Marc Lieb returns to AJR from the FIA GT series where he finished the season second overall with three wins and three-second place finishes. In addition to his four ALMS starts in 2003 at Sebring, Trois-Rivieres, Mosport and Miami, Lieb raced with AJR in 2002 at Sebring.

Dumas has already logged a victory with the AJR team at Petit Le Mans last year, driving with Bergmeister and Bernhard. Also in 2003 he drove for Porsche at the Nurburgring, Hockenheim, Zandvort and the Spa 24 Hours. At Le Mans, Dumas drove the Team Nassamax prototype and had starts in a Toyota Atlantic and Opel DTM car in '03.

The foursome will be piloting the new Porsche 911 GT3 RSR racers. For 2004 the cars will use a sequential gearbox for the full season. In addition, the cars will have enhanced front and rear bumpers as well as more muscular fender flares giving the 911 a stronger stance. Overall there are more than 200 new items on this years car. To highlight the package, AJR will have a new livery to debut at Sebring.

"We have added Marc and Romain to the team this year replacing Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr, who will race in Europe this season. Romain raced with us at Petit Le Mans last year, so he is no stranger to the team. Marc is someone who has a lot of Porsche experience and has previous starts in the ALMS series. I have a lot of confidence in our four drivers to be able to keep the team at the top and further our excellent record in the series," said Alex Job, team owner. "We will have Sascha and Lucas in the cars for Sebring and Petit Le Mans, giving us a good base of experience in each car for the longer races. The new car is an improvement in several areas, nothing radical, just typical Porsche making something great even better. With the new car and the always competitive Michelin tires, we are looking forward to another great year."

The team has added Tim Pendergast as team manager. Pendergast comes to AJR from the American Le Mans series where he was operations and special projects director. Mike Evans continues as the team's technical director, with Greg Fordahl handling the engineering duties. At Sebring, Kerry Foote will crew chief the #24 car with Evans and Phil Pierce handling the #23 entry.

Based in Florida, the team considers Sebring its home track. AJR will be looking for their fourth win in as many years at the famed circuit. In 2001 Sascha Maassen set the GT class qualifying record with a time of 2:06.764 and an average speed of 105.07 mph. Also in 2001, Maassen, Lucas Luhr and Emmanuel Collard set the GT class race distance record with 326 laps (1,206.2 miles) completed.

Sebring driver pairings: 23 Alex Job Racing/Mail2Web Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
Jorg Bergmeister
Timo Bernhard
Sascha Maassen - Sebring and Petit Le Mans

#24 Alex Job Racing/Mail2Web Porsche 911 GT3 RSR
Romain Dumas
Marc Lieb
Lucas Luhr - Sebring and Petit Le Mans

AJR welcomes back team partners Mobil 1, Michelin, Puma and Sachs.

-ajr-

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Series ALMS
Drivers Emmanuel Collard , Sascha Maassen , Lucas Luhr , Greg Ford , Jörg Bergmeister , Timo Bernhard , Mike Evans , Marc Lieb , Romain Dumas , Alex Job
Teams Alex Job Racing