Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
Alex Job Racing to Start on Front Row in GTC at Mid-Ohio
Lexington, Ohio, (Aug. 5, 2011) - Alex Job Racing's (AJR) Bill Sweedler and Leh Keen will start from the front row in GTC for tomorrow's running of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) presented by Tequila Patron Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge. Sweedler and Keen are partnered in the No. 23 Battery Tender/Robert Graham/William Rast/AJR/GTC Porsche.
Battling near 90-degree air temperatures and track temps over 130-degrees, Sweedler and Keen diligently worked with the AJR crew on the set-up of the No. 23 Battery Tender Porsche yesterday and today. The drivers and team are chasing a slippery 2.2-mile, 13-turn track made worse by competitors bringing dirt onto the surface. Keen was able to put in a lap time of 1:26.614 and an average speed of 95 mph to put the car on the front row for tomorrow's two-hour-and-forty-five-minute race.
"It was pretty warm yesterday and today," Keen said. "The track is hot and the sealant with different rubber from all of the different cars racing this weekend makes it tricky. Everyone is struggling for grip, but we are all in the same boat. It looks like we are in real good shape for the start tomorrow, my qualifying lap was just off of the pole. Bill will be starting from the front row and I expect him to go to the lead early. It is tight up at the front, but we have a good car and a great crew, so I am looking for a real good day tomorrow."
Sweedler was quick in practice and also had issues with the slippery conditions.
"The track is just super greasy right now," Sweedler said. "I love this place and Leh loves this place, but all of the rubber that gets built up by the Indy Cars and Prototypes, we just didn't seem to get it. I think everyone was challenged, everyone is skating over the track. In qualifying Leh was on top early and he ended up getting beat by twelve-one-thousandths of a second for the pole. That is really tight. We will have all systems go on the track and in the pits for a good race tomorrow."
Team owner, Alex Job, has his team on top of the car and is ready for a good race on Saturday afternoon.
"We had good practices yesterday and today," Job said. "It is hot and the track is holding a lot of heat, so that makes setting-up the car a real challenge. On top of that there is the possibility of rain for tomorrow, so that brings a whole new set of challenges. Bill and Leh are doing a great job to communicate what the car is doing to the team so we can stay on top of the conditions. Leh had a good run in qualifying, put in a fast time on lap three right to plan and was beat by the smallest of margins. A front row start is great and we are looking forward to strong day tomorrow."
By: Alex Job Racing