Mid-Ohio Poses Challenges for Alex Job Racing Tavares, Florida -- Alex Job Racing is ready to take on the challenges of Mid-Ohio and some new competition in round two of the American Le Mans Series and Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course on June 27. The...
Mid-Ohio Poses Challenges for Alex Job Racing
Tavares, Florida -- Alex Job Racing is ready to take on the challenges of Mid-Ohio and some new competition in round two of the American Le Mans Series and Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course on June 27. The Florida based team has yet to post a victory at Mid-Ohio in its two races at the 2.25-mile 13-turn undulating track.
Following a nearly three-month break in the ALMS schedule, Alex Job Racing has had plenty of time to improve on the Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs following their one-two victory in the GT class at Sebring. "We have had a chance to take a look at our data from Sebring and make some small improvements on the cars. We are coming up on a stretch of races, six in ten weeks, so we really won't have much time to make significant improvements to the cars with the extensive travel ahead of us." said Alex Job.
Mid-Ohio stands as one of only two tracks on the calendar that the team has not won at, the other being Lime Rock. "We have had a difficult time at Mid-Ohio for some reason. We have had small things happen that put us back, so we are ready to win here. We will also see a renewed Panoz GT effort and a few more Porsche entries at this race," continued Job.
Timo Bernhard, driver of the number 23 McKenna/mail2web/Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 RSR GT3 finished second at Mid-Ohio in 2002. "I really like Mid-Ohio, it is like some of the great tracks of Europe with rolling terrain. We have the right tools to win at Mid-Ohio, we just have to avoid little mistakes on the track and in the pits. The race is not very long, so we have to be precise," said Bernhard. Timo was not idle during the break in the schedule he competed in the Nurburgring 24 Hour race, where he placed third.
Co-driver of the number 23 car, Jorg Bergmeister had a very successful and scary break, he won the GT class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and was hit by a car. "I was training on my mountain bike and was hit by a car, I actually flew off the bike, onto the hood of the car and broke the windshield with my head. I was cared for by the Porsche medical staff at Le Mans and I only had some discomfort on Thursday and Friday. During the race everything was fine and a win helps to heal a lot of wounds." Jorg is ready to return to the ALMS series and race. In Sebring he was not able to complete any race laps due to illness. "I am ready for Mid-Ohio! Our new GT3 RSR has increased downforce since our last visit there and will help in the very quick turn-one and through the Esses. We will need a good race setup to get through the off-camber turns where we tend to oversteer. Timo and I will have to find the right compromise between having an aggressive car for the beginning of the stint and one that is still good at the end."
New comers to the AJR stable Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb driving the number 24 McKenna/mail2web/Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 RSR GT3 will visit Mid-Ohio for the first time. Both drivers competed at Le Mans with Dumas finishing third and Lieb came home in twelfth.
"I try to get as much information as possible from people who have been there, like engineers and fellow drivers as well as study the track map to get familiar with the layout," said Marc Lieb. "The Mid-Ohio circuit looks very challenging with many corners and a lot of up and down sections, I like that! I don't think we need help setup wise. With the brand new cars I am not sure that Timo and Joerg's history there will be much help, Romain and I will have to concentrate on our own setup."
Round two of the American Le Mans Series will be June 27 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and televised on CBS Sports starting at 1:00 p.m EST.