championship run Alex Job Racing capped a strong 2002 race season with five championships in the American Le Mans Series GT class. Alex Job Racing won the team and IMSA Cup championships, Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen shared the driver ...
Alex Job Racing capped a strong 2002 race season with five championships in the American Le Mans Series GT class. Alex Job Racing won the team and IMSA Cup championships, Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen shared the driver championship, Porsche Motorsport won the manufacturer trophy and Michelin took the tire title. In addition, crew chief Jeff Gamroth won the GT mechanic-of-the-year award.
"What really makes this year more special than any other year is the fact that AJR won the team championship, which is a tribute to all the great people that make up this team," team owner Alex Job said. "Although the team bears my name, it is this group of championship people that has made this the championship team."
by the numbers
Alex Job Racing scored eight GT wins, nine pole positions, 15 podium finishes and 10 fastest race laps in 10 American Le Mans Series races in 2002. The team cars qualified first and second in class for the last seven races, and started no lower than third during the season. They achieved three 1-2 finishes.
Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen won seven races in the No. 23 McKenna Xybernaut Porsche and Jörg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard took one win in the No. 22 Porsche. Luhr earned five pole positions, Maassen three and Bergmeister one. Bernhard and Maassen posted three fastest race laps each, and Bergmeister and Luhr two each.
Alex Job Racing and Panoz Motor Sports are the only two teams that have competed in every American Le Mans Series race.
on to Le Mans
With victory in the season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, Alex Job Racing was awarded an automatic entry in the 2003 24 Hours of Le Mans. The four drivers have competed at Le Mans, but it will be the team's first start in the prestigious race.
McKenna Porsche, sponsor of the Alex Job Racing cars, celebrated the team's victories and championships. Vice-president Neil Okun noted, "The McKenna organization is really proud to sponsor Alex Job. He's a true winner just like we are back home in California. It was a lot of fun being part of the season with all the victories. It really showed how dynamic the team is because they were able to pull these wins and championships together."