Alex Job Racing looks for first ALMS team title at Laguna this weekend; race live on NBC sunday as porsche teams zero in on several GT championships. MONTEREY, Calif. - September 19 - With only three races to go in the 2002 American Le Mans...
Alex Job Racing looks for first ALMS team title at Laguna this weekend; race live on NBC sunday as porsche teams zero in on several GT championships.
MONTEREY, Calif. - September 19 - With only three races to go in the 2002 American Le Mans Series Championship, the leading two Porsche teams continue to fight for end-of-the-year championships and individual driver titles at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway on Sunday, September 22. No matter what the race results are, however, no one can dispute it's been quite a year for the Porsche 911 GT3 RS race car.
"Perhaps more impressive than our customer teams topping the final results at each race, the Porsche GT entries are setting record qualifying laps, record fast laps, and record race average speeds - even improving on last year's BMW V-8 performances," said Alwin Springer, president of Porsche Motorsport North America.
"The Racer's Group, Alex Job Racing, Orbit Racing, Justin Jackson Racing, Seikel Motorsport, and Porschehaus Racing - the Porsche regulars for this years ALMS series, have shown a great consistency for finishing races and showing the fans just how exciting a Porsche 911 sports car can be. I'm convinced that the record sales of 911s in 2002 is connected to our success on the track," said Springer.
A big contributor to exposing that success has been the television package developed for the series by the ALMS administrators, including the live broadcast of the Laguna race on Sunday, September 22, at 4:00 PM Eastern time on the NBC television network. Porsche Cars North America has been an on-air sponsor of all the ALMS TV broadcasts.
Although it was a combination of Alex Job Racing and The Racer's Group that has helped Porsche clinch the manufacturer's championship with three races to go, it will be the Alex Job team of Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr with the best shot at the driver's title. Their #23 Xybernaut McKenna Porsche 911 GT3 RS has won four races so far this season, and has logged more leading race laps than anyone else. The #22 Alex Job team Porsche, driven by Jorg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard, has won once, but their consistent podium finishes have them third and fourth in the standings.
The only other team to win a ALMS GT event this year is the #66 The Racer's Group Porsche with driver/owner Kevin Buckler at the helm. Buckler and veteran local B.J. Zacharias took the checkered flag in June at Mid-Ohio, while Buckler teamed with current co-driver Brian Cunningham for a gutsy win at Mosport in the most recent ALMS contest. Buckler also has two Grand-Am wins - including the 24 Hours of Daytona - an a class win at this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans to his credit for 2002.
Other Porsche entries include the second #67 The Racer's Group Porsche of Michael Schrom/Vic Rice, the #43 Orbit Racing Porsche of Leo Hindery/Peter Baron, the #52 Seikel Motorsport Porsche of Tony Burgess/Andrew Bagnall; the #79 Justin Jackson Racing Porsche of Justin Jackson/Mike Fitzgerald, and the #83 Porsche 911 GT3 R of David Standridge/Richard Steranko/Lers Giersing.
With its victory at the Mosport race earlier last month, Porsche now has 27 American Le Mans Series wins, dating back to the beginning of the series in 1999. Only Audi has reached 20 wins, with its Mosport victory giving it 21 victories.
The American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Monterey will be broadcast live on the NBC television network starting at 4:00 PM Eastern time on Sunday, September 22. It will be broadcast in Europe on a tape-delayed basis on Sunday, September 29, at 20:00 Central European Time on the Eurosport television network. The Mosport event will be broadcast live online on the American Le Mans Radio Network starting at 2:00 PM EST, and can be accessed on the Web at www.imsaracing.net. The radio web will also cover qualifying live on Saturday, September 21, at 5:00 PM Eastern. That same American Le Mans Series/IMSA web site will also have live timing and scoring during the race event.
The official Porsche web site - www.porsche.com - will have qualifying information on the Laguna event for all the Porsches entered, and will file stories and photos during and after the race. Porsche web site uses should click on "North America" from the home page when prompted to select a country, choose "motorsports," then "news" to find the ALMS updates.