Alex Job Racing Pulls Cover Over Championship Season Tavares, Florida -- Alex Job Racing has completed another championship season in the American Le Mans Series. The team won the GT team championship, Timo Bernhard won the GT driver's crown,...
Alex Job Racing Pulls Cover Over Championship Season
Tavares, Florida -- Alex Job Racing has completed another championship season in the American Le Mans Series. The team won the GT team championship, Timo Bernhard won the GT driver's crown, and Porsche won the manufacturer title and Michelin the tire championship.
These accolades add to the teams championships won in the ALMS in 2002, 2003 and their Le Mans victory in the same year. The team posted eight pole positions and seven victories on the season. Winning races at Sebring, Infineon Raceway, Portland, Mosport, Road America, Petit Le Mans and Laguna Seca. "The schedule started out on a high note with a one-two at Sebring," said Alex Job, team owner. "The only testing we did was at Road Atlanta in September, so we had to hit the ground running at each race weekend. We stumbled a little after the long layoff following Sebring. Mid-Ohio and Lime Rock were not our best outings, some car trouble coupled with some tough luck with the pace car kept us off of the top step of the podium. The competition in the GT field this year was the most competitive that we have seen in the history of the series. Excellent runs by the Flying Lizard team as well as Risi Ferrari kept us focused and ready for each practice session and each race."
AJR indoctrinated new drivers Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb into the team and they took to the system right away. Romain Dumas was able to put the number 24/McKenna/mail2web.com/Xybernaut/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 on pole in each of his four attempts at Lime Rock, Infineon Raceway, Portland and Road Atlanta. This feat was no small task, competing against the likes of teammates Bernhard and Bergmeister as well as the rest of the GT field on tracks that the young Frenchman had never visited before. "Romain and Marc did a great job to get up to speed with the teams system and the tracks here in the states," continued Job. "It was nice to see them get the victory at Laguna and the four poles by Romain prove his speed in these cars. Marc is a very fast and consistent driver, he did a great job at Laguna in the rain to keep his focus and bring home a victory. Porsche Super Cup champ Wolf Henzler also drive with the team at Petit and played a strong supportive role in a podium finish for the 24 car."
AJR veteran drivers Timo Bernhard and Jorg Bergmeister showed why they are two of the top 911 pilots in the world. Their consistency and experience negotiating the ALMS traffic helped propel Bernhard to the driver's championship. Bergmeister would have shared in the season award had it not been for an illness that kept him from turning a lap in the race at Sebring. "The season was not easy," said Bernhard. "The other GT teams have come a long way in one year and the new Flying Lizard team came out of no where to be a threat every weekend. The cars were well prepared for each race, we just had to make a few adjustments to the suspension for the conditions and we were ready to turn fast laps, a credit to the entire Alex Job crew. Jorg is a good friend and I only wish we could have shared the head table and the trophy at the banquet."
AJR thanks team sponsor McKenna Porsche and associate sponsors mail2web.com and Xybernaut as well as partners Mobil 1, Michelin, Puma and ZF Sachs.