Pole plus Alex Job Racing will start from first and second place on the GT grid for Sunday's American Le Mans Series race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Lucas Luhr took the class pole position in the No. 23 McKenna Xybernaut Porsche with...
Alex Job Racing will start from first and second place on the GT grid for Sunday's American Le Mans Series race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. Lucas Luhr took the class pole position in the No. 23 McKenna Xybernaut Porsche with a time of two minutes 12.862 seconds on the four-mile road course. The pole position moved Luhr one point closer to a tie with his co-driver Sascha Maassen, who leads the GT class standings. Jörg Bergmeister was second in class in the No. 22 Porsche he shares with Timo Bernhard (2:13.516).
"It was really important because after [the last race at] Mid-Ohio I didn't get the point, so I really needed the point here for the qualifying and I did that in one lap," Luhr said. "It was great because I took all the risk in one lap, and that's all we needed."
Bergmeister noted his lap was slower because of problems encountered with the gearbox in the morning practice session. "We missed almost half of the second session and that was quite a problem in qualifying because we had slight setup problems," he said. "But overall, second place is okay and hopefully we'll be better in the race!"
Axel Hohl, strategist for the No. 23 Porsche, believes corporate skills can enhance a team's race performance. Away from the track, he works for Lockheed Martin, where leading-edge processes are the norm.
"One of the things we're doing at Lockheed Martin is lean thinking," he said. "It's looking at processes and trying to eliminate the waste, trying to eliminate the extra steps that we take. We have a lot of steps in this racing game and one of the things we have to focus on is how to minimize the steps because every step is a potential error. If you can minimize steps, you not only get things done quicker, but you also reduce the potential for error."