Alex Job Racing Mckenna Porsche 911 GT3 Rs Racers Head to England to Persue The "Crown" As Porsche/Bmw Round ...
Alex Job Racing Mckenna Porsche 911 GT3 Rs Racers Head to England to Persue The "Crown" As Porsche/Bmw Round #3 Heats Up At Donington
-Although the rules say it's an optional points race for the 2001 American Le Mans Series championship chase, it will be title tension this weekend in the UK-
ATLANTA, GA - April 9, 2001 - The 2001 American Le Mans Series (ALMS) GT Driver's Championship points rules state that the two upcoming European events on the schedule, including this weekend's April 14 race at Donington Park in England, are optional even ts that teams can use to counter a poor finish in the North American series. According to the leading Porsche team, Alex Job Racing, however, all that means it that everyone running for the championship cannot afford to miss either event.
"Although our McKenna Porsche 911 GT3 RS race cars have finished one-two at the first two ALMS Events," said team owner Alex Job, " we really don't have a big lead in the point standings, and we can't sit at home and watch the BMWs finish one-two at these European events. Their M3 V-8 gave us all we could handle at Sebring, and we need to battle them at every race to score the most possible championship points."
Job pointed out that Sascha Masseen, from Germany, who leads the GT class with 56 points (wins at both Texas and Sebring, along with a point for the fastest race lap at Texas) is only 16 points ahead of seventh place Jorg Muller, who turned the fastest GT race lap at Sebring and will be in the BMW V-8 at Donington.
"If Muller could win Donington uncontested, and we didn't score any points by staying home, BMW could use those points later in the season to offset any DNFs or poor finishes they might have - and that could cost us the championship," said Job, whose team won the 1999 ALMS championship with Cort Wagner at the helm of a Porsche 911 GT3 R.
Right behind Maassen in the points in co-driver Lucas Luhr, a German driver now living in Monaco, who is on a hot streak of his own having won four major races in a row dating back to last year, including the ALMS finale at Adelaide, Australia, the 2001 Ro lex 24 Hours at Daytona, the Grand Prix of Texas and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Luhr/Maassen will be in the #23 Alex Job Racing McKenna Porsche 911 GT3 RS, while American Randy Pobst will share driving duties with German Christian Menzel in the identical #2 2 Porsche. Pobst/Menzel were second at both Texas and Sebring to open the ALMS season.
The other top American Porsche GT teams have elected not to make the Donington trip, including Kelly-Moss Racing and Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing. ALMS regulars Seikel Motorsports and Kyser Racing will enter their Porsche 911 GT3 RS cars, a nd they will be joined by several European teams. In all, there are 14 GT cars entered in the 30-car field.
Qualifying for the Donington Park event takes place on Friday, April 13, at 9:30 AM Eastern time, with the race set for Saturday, April 14, at 7:10 AM Eastern, for two hours and 45 minutes.
The ELMS Donington Park event will be telecast on NBC-TV with same day coverage starting at 4:00 PM Eastern time on Saturday, April 14 (check local time and listing in your area). The race, along with the qualifying session starting April 13, will be broa dcast live on the Le Mans Radio Network, which can be accessed on the Web at www.americanlemans.com. That same American Le Mans Series web site will also have live timing and scoring during qualifying and the race event.
The official Porsche web site - www.porsche.com - will have qualifying information on the Donington Park event for all the Porsches entered, and will file stories before and after the race. Porsche web site users should choose "North America" on the home page when prompted to choose a country, then choose "motorsports," then "motorsport news" to find the ALMS updates.
Other web sites that will follow the overall event include the American Le Mans site mentioned above, the ON TRACK ONLINE site, (www.ontrackonline.com), The Race Site (www.theRaceSite.com), the Speedvision site (www.speedvision.com), Motorsport.com (www.motorsport.com) and the CompuServe site (www.motorsportsforum.com).