Alex Job Racing Qualifies Fourth in Houston Houston, Texas -- Alex Job Racing qualified fourth in Houston today for the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Houston to be run under the lights tomorrow night. Klaus Graf was able to post a time...
Alex Job Racing Qualifies Fourth in Houston
Houston, Texas -- Alex Job Racing qualified fourth in Houston today for the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Houston to be run under the lights tomorrow night. Klaus Graf was able to post a time of 1:11.895 and an average speed of 85 mph that will see the number 23/Alex Job Racing/Bell Microproducts/hirewise/Porsche 911 RSR start from the second row in GT2.
Graf and teammate Mike Rockenfeller have spent the day adjusting on the 911 RSR for the rough temporary course which surrounds Reliant Park, home of the NFL Houston Texans. The 1.7-mile, nine-turn track consisting of six 90-degree left hand turns has the team adjusting on the car every session.
Klaus Graf was frustrated with his qualifying effort. "We posted a good time and qualified in fourth, but I spun under braking and rubbed the wall in turn five. Unfortunately I also flat spotted the tires so we will have to start from the back. The car is handling quite well, the Alex Job guys have done a great job to make the adjustments and we were able to improve by nearly three seconds in qualifying."
Mike Rockenfeller is concerned about the rough track. "It is really bumpy out there; it causes the car to be difficult under braking and in the transition part of the corners. It is the same for everyone, so the team that can figure out the setup first will have a good weekend. I will be starting from the back of the grid, but that is not that big of a problem, we have a good car and there a few places to pass and we will do our best to make our way to the front.""Klaus did a good job in qualifying," said Alex Job. "The GT2 class is very tight at the front. The Ferrari seems to be running in a class of their own, GT2-and-a-half I think. We will start from the back, but at this track that is not a huge deficit. We need to run a good race, make strong strategy calls and stay away from the walls, the competition and the faster cars."
Round two of the American Le Mans Series will be run at the Grand Prix of Houston at 8:00 p.m. EST on May 12th and will be televised on CBS Saturday, May 13th at 1:00 p.m. EST.