Alex Job Racing drivers unofficial GT Driver champions after win at Fry's Electronics Sports Car Championships MONTEREY, Calif. -- Sept. 7, 2003 -- Alex Job Racing co-drivers Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen are the unofficial GT driver ...
Alex Job Racing drivers unofficial GT Driver champions after win at Fry's Electronics Sports Car Championships
MONTEREY, Calif. -- Sept. 7, 2003 -- Alex Job Racing co-drivers Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen are the unofficial GT driver co-champions for a second year after today's American Le Mans Series GT class win at the Fry's Electronics Sports Car Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The No. 23 McKenna Porsche/mail2web.com™ Porsche GT3 RS had a near flawless day completing 108 laps around the 2.238-mile circuit and finishing one lap ahead of the second place GT class racing machine.
The second Alex Job Racing Porsche of Jorg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard finished ninth in class due to an alternator wire failure approximately a half hour into the two hour, 45-minute race. The car left the pit 17th in class and with quick and consistent lap times, was able to gain eight positions in class during the remainder of the race.
"I didn't think I'd be able to overtake my teammate Timo unless they had a problem and when the electrical problem occurred he let me pass him by easily and then we really controlled the race after that," Maassen noted. "I lost a few positions at the beginning of the race but was able to stay on line and gain the positions back. It was a good race at my favorite track in America."
"This race was really like a Sunday afternoon cruise. By the time I got into the car Sascha had done all the work and I just had to keep the car on track, stay out of trouble and take it home. We really had a nearly perfect race with no problems," Luhr said of his GT win.
"We had a great day at Laguna Seca. Congratulations to Sascha and Lucas winning in the 23 car. By our calculations, it looks like the driver championship is probably sewed up by this win for Lucas and Sascha which is very pleasing to all of us to win the championship. Unfortunately the 24 car and Timo and Jorg had some bad luck again. It was a good finish for them in the end after coming back from almost last place in GT, but this puts them down in the points. So it looks like Lucas and Sascha may have this wrapped up with two races to go. From that standpoint it was a good day for us here; the weather was great and it couldn't be any better," team owner Alex Job said.
Next up for Alex Job Racing is the eighth round of the American Le Mans Series; the Grand Prix Americas in Miami, Fla. on Sept. 27.