Alex Job Racing press release
Von Moltke Qualifies Alex Job Racing's No. 023 Fourth at Sebring
Bell, Sweedler and von Moltke poised for 12 hours
Sebring, Fla., (Mar. 16, 2012) - The Alex Job Racing (AJR) No. 023 Battery Tender/WilliamRast/Yokohama/PR Newswire/Alex Job Racing Porsche GT3 Cup qualified fourth in the hands of Dion von Moltke for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring fueled by Fresh from Florida that will take the green flag tomorrow, Mar. 17, at 10:30 a.m. Von Moltke is joined in the 023 by Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell.
Von Moltke (South Africa) has blended well with the team and has shown great speed all week. That speed carried over into qualifying when he posted a time of 2:07.016 good for a second-row start on the GTC grid.
"I didn't quite get the qualifying run in I wanted to," von Moltke said. "It is hard to judge the traffic with the GT cars qualifying as well. I had a fast lap going on my second circuit, then I got pushed wide going into Turn 17 by a GT car. After that I hit some traffic and then came in and did tire pressures. Overall we are fourth. It was a little warmer and the track was greasy when I went out again. Bill and Townsend are both fast and the AJR guys have our Battery Tender/William Rast/PR Newswire Porsche running fast. It is time to go racing!"
Sweedler (Westport, Conn.) finished second here in 2010 and is anxious to get on the top step of the Sebring podium.
"We are having a good week," Sweedler said. "Townsend has jumped in from his usual high downforce IndyCar and into a no downforce car. He has gotten right up to speed. Dion was a competitor last year and we welcome him and his speed to our car. We are confident going into tomorrow. We need to stay clean and out of the way of the other 62 cars."
Bell (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) is making an impression on the Porsche drivers at Sebring. Fast out of the box in the GT3 Cup car, known for being a little different to drive, the open-wheel ace put in fast lap times all week.
"The week has been great," Bell said. "Driving the Alex Job Porsche has been a lot of fun. I have a tremendous amount to learn. The hardest part is getting used to having 62 other cars on the track. I have never been in a race with 62 other cars and being in the slowest class. Each practice is getting better and better. The Porsche is pretty easy to get 98% of the fast lap time. Now I am getting down to the two-percent, and that is really where the speed will come from. Baseline set-up of the car was very comfortable. There is so much good information from this team to use. I am just trying to soak it all in right now."
Team owner, Alex Job, has a lot of speed and experience in the 023.
"Our team has been running Porsches for 34 [years, and we don't get many drivers in one of these that have taken to it to quite as well as Townsend has this week," Job said. "Drivers find the handling characteristics of these rear engine cars a little tricky, but he showed speed from the first laps on Monday. Bill and Dion are right there on lap times as well. The guys will need to try and find a rhythm with the traffic as best they can in the race. That will be the key to winning tomorrow."
The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring fueled by Fresh from Florida to be run on Mar. 17. The television broadcast Sunday, March 18, 2012 - 12:00p.m. EDT, live streaming can be viewed Sat., Mar., 17, 2012 starting at 10:15a.m. EDT on ESPN3.com.
Alex Job Racing is one of the most successful teams in ALMS history with 42 wins. This record is supported by 48 pole positions and 102 podium finishes. The team has won three championships (GT in 2002, 2003 and 2004) complimented by their two GT class wins at Le Mans. The team also boasts seven Sebring 12-hour victories.