Portland: J3 Racing preview

J3 Racing Motoring at Portland Portland, Oregon - J3 Racing is hoping to rebound from a punctured tire at Infineon last week for round five of the American Le Mans Series to be run at Portland Raceway this Sunday. A strong run in the top five...

J3 Racing Motoring at Portland

Portland, Oregon - J3 Racing is hoping to rebound from a punctured tire at Infineon last week for round five of the American Le Mans Series to be run at Portland Raceway this Sunday.

A strong run in the top five at Infineon last week was cut short when Tim Sugden, driver of the number 79/J3 Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, was hit by a prototype causing a punctured tire. The Leeds, England based driver had to make more than a complete lap around the 2.5-mile circuit before the crew could change the tire reducing to what would have been a fourth place finish to sixth in the GT field. The team is now in Portland preparing for the Sunday's race.

Justin Jackson raced Portland back in 2001, "I feel the track is too narrow, it doesn't seem to fit into the Le Mans Series. You can't pass cars, you have to sit behind them and wait until the track widens up. My favorite part of the track is the last three corners before the front straight-away. In the past noise has been an issue on the track, so far this year we have not heard of any complaints."

Tim Sugden relayed his thoughts about the track, "The grip of the track is very low. We were just trying to gather information today to get us ready for qualifying tomorrow. We have started to do some changes on the car to accommodate for the low grip. I have never been on a track this narrow before. You need to pick the right line to get around the track fast."

Round five of the American Le Mans Series will be July 25th and televised live on Speed Channel 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

-j3r-

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Series ALMS
Drivers Tim Sugden , Justin Jackson