Alex Job Racing Headed to Mid-Ohio with Hopes of Better Luck Tavares, FL, (Aug. 4, 2010), Alex Job Racing (AJR) is heading Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for round six of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) presented by Tequila Patron to be run ...
Alex Job Racing Headed to Mid-Ohio with Hopes of Better Luck
Tavares, FL, (Aug. 4, 2010), Alex Job Racing (AJR) is heading Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for round six of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) presented by Tequila Patron to be run Saturday, August 7.
The past two races have seen the team run afoul of competitor contact that has severely hampered their finishing record. Bill Sweedler and Romeo Kapudija started the season in their No. 23 Battery Tender/Tequila Patron/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 with a pair of podium finishes in the GTC class. Their runner-up result at Sebring and a third place at Long Beach had the team pointed toward the championship in the new ALMS upstart class. The races that followed at Miller Motorsports Park and Lime Rock Park had the team dealing with crash damage from contact resulting in the car finishing laps down and costing valuable points. The duo is currently fifth in a very tight GTC points battle.
One of the true natural terrain road courses, Mid-Ohio will offer a chance for Sweedler and Kapudija to get back on the winning track. The 2.2-mile, 13-turn undulating layout will offer plenty of opportunity for action this weekend.
Bill Sweedler is up for the technically challenging Mid-Ohio layout.
"Mid-Ohio is one of those tracks that has a little bit of everything," Sweedler. "It is technically very challenging and you need to be very precise to set the car up for multiple exchanges. This is especially true for the entry to Madness, which leads into multiple flowing turns. Without perfect entry the lap can be ruined. Alex's team has been a winner at Mid-Ohio and know how to set-up the car. Romeo and I are looking forward to running a clean race in the Battery Tender/Tequila Patron Porsche."
Kapudija likes the challenge of that Mid-Ohio presents.
"Mid-Ohio is one of those tracks where you have to get into a smooth rhythm due to the higher speed corners where precision driving is crucial," Kapudija said. "The track also has its mix of low speed corners and elevation changes where you have to be somewhat aggressive by carrying lots of speed into the corners. Being smooth on the elevation transitions and the brake zones is very important. The grip levels will continue to change throughout the weekend as the Indy Car's lay down rubber. We should have more grip as the weekend progresses. We will have to concentrate our handling efforts to the higher speed corners so that we can carry as much speed as possible onto the long straights. It is a very enjoyable race track and should be fun to race in front of so many fans since we are splitting the weekend with Indy Car. I have really enjoyed this track and I have been very quick here in the past, so I am eagerly optimistic we will have a good weekend. Bill also has had success at this track and has definitely proven to be very quick in all of our races this year. It's unfortunate we have had some bad luck over the past three race weekends because I certainly believe we would have been on podium at all three of those races. The Alex Job Racing crew guys have provided us with a great car at every race and it's too bad we could not capitalize on all of their hard work."
Kapudija is looking for results this weekend.
"I am determined to get some positive results for all the guys on our team as they have worked so hard on our car with no reward over the past couple of races. As a team we deserve a break from the bad luck and hope to regain some of our lost points. Look for us to be determined and very focused at Mid-Ohio this weekend!"
Alex Job, team owner, knows he has to get his drivers back on track.
"We have had a tough couple of races with the 23 guys," Job said. "Lime Rock and Miller had us in the pits doing repairs, we just can't do that if we are going to be contending for the championship. There are four races to go and we can still be a factor at the end of the season. We have lost valuable points, but Bill and Romeo have proven they can run at the front of the GTC class. We need to get back to our early season level of performance."