Porsches claim top eight GT positions at Miami Grand Prix of the Americas; Alex Job Racing earns first ALMS Team Title - Luhr/Maassen title near. MIAMI, Florida - October 5 - With one more race to go, there will be plenty of time next week to ...
Porsches claim top eight GT positions at Miami Grand Prix of the Americas; Alex Job Racing earns first ALMS Team Title - Luhr/Maassen title near.
MIAMI, Florida - October 5 - With one more race to go, there will be plenty of time next week to celebrate an Alex Job Racing McKenna Porsche 911 GT3 RS driver champion for the American Le Mans Series, but today belongs to team owner Alex Job, from Tavares , Florida, who clinched his first team championship in four tries in ALMS.
"I don't know whether I'm happier about the Sascha Maassen/Lucas Luhr victory in our #23 AJR McKenna Xybernaut Porsche, or the fact that our hard-working crew has been rewarded with a team title. In 1999, Cort Wagner won the driver's championship, but we lost the team crown by a few points. This year, not only will one of our drivers win the GT championship, and Alex Job Racing the team champion, but we helped Porsche clinch the manufacturers title as well. It's been a dream year," said Job, who has been racing Porsches since the '80's.
Also, with his victory today, Sascha Maassen has tied former Viper driver Oliver Baretta with the most ALMS wins - 14 since the series inception in 1999.
Maassen and Luhr took over the lead from teammate Jorg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard in the last hour of the race when Jorg was caught in traffic, and then put a lap on Jorg during the last round of pit stops. With their win, and the extra points for the pole and time in the race car, Luhr and Maassen have set the stage for a title next week at Road Atlanta, with Lucas carrying a one point lead into the event. In order to achieve the team goal of tying for the championship, Luhr and Maassen will not conte st for the point awarded for pole position, and Sascha will attempt to drive the most laps in the car next week at the ten-hour Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
Kevin Buckler, from Sonoma, Calif., finished third in his #66 The Racer's Group Porsche with co-driver Brian Cunningham, and Buckler has clinched the world-wide Porsche Cup, awarded to the top Porsche independent Porsche driver in the world. Buckler cemen ted his Porsche Cup title with two ALMS wins (Mid-Ohio and Mosport), two Grand-Am wins (the 24 Hours of Daytona), and the prestigious and grueling 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Buckler, Bergmeister, and Bernhard are in a dead heat for third position in the points, with Timo at 174 points and Bergmeister and Buckler each at 173.
In all, Porsches earned the top eight positions, including the J3 Racing Porsche of Justin Jackson/Mike Fitzgerald (fourth); #43 Orbit Racing Porsche of Leo Hindery/Peter Baron (fifth); the #42 Orbit Racing Porsche Tony Kester/Ron Atapattu sixth); #21 Mona co Perspective Porsche 911 GT3 RS of Michael Neugarten/Angelo Barretto/Thierry Perrier (seventh); and the #67 The Racer's Group Porsche of Michael Schrom/Vic Rice (eighth).
The official American Le Mans Series web site, www.imsaracing.net, has minute-by-minute pit notes from the race, plus all the overall and class results.
The official Porsche web site - www.porsche.com - has information on the Miami event for all the Porsches entered, and stories and photos from the race. Porsche web site uses should click on "North America" from the home page when prompted to select a coun try, choose "motorsports," then "news" to find the ALMS updates.
Other Web sites that follow the ALMS events include The Race Site (www.theracesite.com), the Speed Channel site (www.speedTV.com), Motorsport.com (www.motorsport.com) , AutoSport magazine's site (www.autosport.com), AutoRacingDaily.com (www.autoracingdaily com), Motorsport-news.com (www.motorsport-news.com), Crash.net (www.crash.net), racelines.com (www.racelines.com), EnduranceSportsCar.com (www.endurancesportscar.com), pitstop.com (www.pitstop.com); AmericanRaceFan.com (www.americanracefan.com) and Daily Sports Car (www.dailysportscar.com).