To the top Alex Job Racing returns to Mosport International Raceway ready to win. With five GT class wins in six American Le Mans Series races this season, and two wins at Mosport in the last three years, the top of the victory podium is within...
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Alex Job Racing returns to Mosport International Raceway ready to win. With five GT class wins in six American Le Mans Series races this season, and two wins at Mosport in the last three years, the top of the victory podium is within reach.
The team staged a dramatic last-to-first GT win at Mosport in 1999 after a late-night thrash to rebuild a badly damaged race car. "In the practice before qualifying, we were hit and rolled by a prototype car so we weren't able to qualify," team owner Alex Job explained. "The gearbox was broken in half, every one of the corners was damaged, the roof was caved in, the tub was slightly bent - it took a total rebuild. The crew did an amazing job in a span of 12 hours. They completely rebuilt the car and had it ready to win the next day."
The team also dominated at Mosport in 2000, wining the GT class from the pole position. 2001 wasn't as bright, but Job hopes this year's Mosport race, scheduled for Aug. 18, will see a return to victory. With three consecutive wins in the past month, "We're on a roll coming in," he said. "We expect to win again."
Four German Porsche factory drivers represent Alex Job Racing on track. Lucas Luhr and ALMS GT points leader Sascha Maassen drive the No. 23 Xybernaut McKenna Porsche. Jörg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard share the No. 22 Porsche.
The 2.459-mile Mosport International Raceway road course is a favorite of Alex Job Racing, but it's not a track that offers easy victory.
"It's a very challenging race track in that it is very fast and very treacherous. In many places where you go off, you're going to heavily damage the car," Alex Job noted. "So the drivers need to drive a perfect race, the car needs to be prepared perfectly and handling is a major issue. And you never know what kind of weather Mosport is going to throw at you - it could be very hot, it could be very cold, it could be sunny and it could be raining. The weather can even change during the course of the race!"
Sascha Maassen noted passing is tricky. "The prototypes overtake everywhere at Mosport because they are so much quicker through the quick corners. You look in the mirror when you exit the last one and you don't see anybody, and before the next one they are by," he said. "It's not so easy in GT. If a car can get an advantage in engine performance, it can overtake easier on the straight. But if you have a similar speed, you have to risk a little bit. Everything always happens at high speed, so it's not an easy thing."