Portland, OR - August 5, 2001- Utilizing classic endurance racing strategy, the Alex Job Racing McKenna Porsche team combined fast driving with fresh tires to pull out a late race jump into a second place finish for the ...
Portland, OR - August 5, 2001- Utilizing classic endurance racing strategy, the Alex Job Racing McKenna Porsche team combined fast driving with fresh tires to pull out a late race jump into a second place finish for the # 23 911 GT3 RS, co-driven by Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr. This increases the duos point lead in the American Le Mans Series GT class.
They day didn't end quite as well for the #22 911 GT3 RS, co-driven by Randy Pobst and Christen Menzel. Menzel got quite a jump at the start as well, picking up three positions. It was short lived however. According to Menzel: "The car was balanced pretty good at the start, but as soon as the track conditions changed, my car got worse, and so did my times."
"I was able to get a great jump at the start," said Maassen. "I got by the BMWs, who out qualified us, at the green flag, but as the race wore on, my tires started to go away. The track conditions today (warm and sunny) were unlike any of the previous days here."
"We came in and changed all four tires on the #23 at the next to last pit stop," said team owner Alex Job. "By changing the tires under a yellow flag so late in the race, we forced BMW into doing the same a few laps later. This allowed us to move up from fourth to second. Lucas had the front splitter knocked off on the next to last restart, and that hurt us, but I don't believe we would have caught the winning BMW. It was that strong. We still feel V8 BMWs are running as fast as they need to, but my team made all the right calls today, and it paid off with a second place finish. I am very proud of them."
"It was a very exciting race today, said McKenna Porsche Vice President Neil Okun. When the race is this exciting, it's hard not to get excited about it ourselves. We are proud of the way the team performed, especially at the end of the race. It was real accomplishment for Alex and his experienced team."
Now in its 13th year of competition, Alex Job Racing (AJR) is one of the premier independent Porsche teams in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). Based in a brand new 16,000 sq. ft. facility in Tavares, Florida, AJR entries have tallied three victories in the 12 Hours of Sebring, one win in the 24 Hours of Daytona, ten ALMS wins and captured the 1999 ALMS GT Driver and Manufacturer Championships.