Miami: Alex Job Racing qualifying report

The Alex Job Racing McKenna/mail2web.com Porsche 911 GT3 RS took Lucas Luhr to the fastest speed in qualifying for the GT class today at Grand Prix Americas in Miami, Fla. Luhr and co-driver Sascha Maassen will start the race tomorrow from ...

The Alex Job Racing McKenna/mail2web.com Porsche 911 GT3 RS took Lucas Luhr to the fastest speed in qualifying for the GT class today at Grand Prix Americas in Miami, Fla.

Luhr and co-driver Sascha Maassen will start the race tomorrow from first position on the GT grid after qualifying the No. 23 Porsche at :53.041 around the1.3-mile temporary street circuit in downtown Miami.

Despite shifter problems during qualifying, teammate Jorg Bergmeister ended the qualifying session second in GT class. He qualified his No. 24 Alex Job Racing McKenna/mail2web.com Porsche 911 GT3 RS with a lap time of :53.461. He and teammate Timo Bernhard will start tomorrow's race from second position in GT class on the 37-car grid. Bergmeister experienced a loss of the car's shifter when he downshifted going into a turn approximately halfway into the 20-minute session. There was no drive to the rear wheel which could be anything; the team diagnose the problem - it was a roll pin in the shift mechanism that failed. The crew put a new transmission in last night, so the car should be good to go for the race today.

Lucas Luhr, No. 23 Alex Job Racing McKenna/mail2web.com™ Porsche 911 GT3 RS

"It was a bumpy ride over that big bump during qualifying, I felt like I was my car and then in an airplane for a bit over the bump. It's hard hitting when I came down after it each time. It's really not so nice driving over that bump and I'm happy to hear they are going to work on it tonight before the race. My teammate Sascha and I were talking about the new configuration of the track and we thought it was good to have the parking lot section from last year that was taken out this year and the track would be very nice except for the bump. For tomorrow I think there will be a lot of overtaking of each other and it's going to be difficult getting through traffic. I will feel a little bit lucky getting through without any problems."

Jorg Bergmeister, No. 24 Alex Job Racing McKenna/mail2web.com™ Porsche 911 GT3 RS

"I'm really beginning to wonder about our car. We've had so many problems this year so far. We changed our number last year because Timo and I are a bit superstitious and now I wonder if we need to change the number again! I wish we were first in qualification, but second is ok too. We just need to work hard during the race. The bump is a problem and so is traffic, but the new track is pretty good."

Alex Job, team owner of Alex Job Racing

"We're happy with the team being one and two in qualifying, it's a tight battle with the 31 car being so close. Johnny is giving us a good run. We had a problem with the 24 car's shifter and we don't know yet what is going on. Tomorrow should be interesting due to many circumstances including narrow track and rainy weather. There are a lot of factors that will make for an interesting race. I hope both of our cars have good luck out there tomorrow."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Sascha Maassen , Lucas Luhr , Jörg Bergmeister , Timo Bernhard , Alex Job
Teams Alex Job Racing