Alex Job Racing Finishes Third in GT2 at Road America Elk Hart Lake, Wisconsin -- Alex Job Racing finished third in round seven of the American Le Mans Series Generac 500 run at Road America this afternoon. The third place finish is the team's...
Alex Job Racing Finishes Third in GT2 at Road America
Elk Hart Lake, Wisconsin -- Alex Job Racing finished third in round seven of the American Le Mans Series Generac 500 run at Road America this afternoon. The third place finish is the team's second podium of the season, the first being a win at Houston.
Mike Rockenfeller started the number 23/Bell Microproducts/Alex Job Racing/Porsche 911 RSR from the first row. The young German was able to takeover the number one position during the first caution period. On lap 33 Rockenfeller handed the car over to teammate Marcel Tiemann, the elder German returned to the battle in fourth position.
Tiemann was able to hold fourth place, then on lap 57 he experienced a puncture going into turn six, he had to nurse the Porsche around almost three miles to the pits. During the pit stop Rockenfeller took the wheel back over and had a rocket restart on the last caution to pass the number 61 car, from some nine seconds back, to take the last podium position.
Mike Rockenfeller was able to lead a handful of laps on the day. "I had a good start at the beginning, but as the stint went on I got progressively worse over steer and could not drive as aggressive as I would have liked. We had hoped for a wave-bye on that first yellow while our competitors pitted, but the number seven car never came to the pits. On my second stint I was able to get a really good restart at the end and pass the 61 car for third."
Marcel Tiemann was perplexed by his drive. "I am not sure what happened during my stint. We had radio problems early and then I was not able to turn the lap times that I did earlier in the week. In practice I was doing high-nines and was hoping to do tens in the race, we will have to look at the data. Then on my 24th lap I went up the hill and into turn six and the tire went down. I was able to get it back around and into the pits without any damage. Mike did a great job at the end to get us on the podium."
"We had a really funny race today," said Alex Job, team owner. "We were hoping that the number seven car would have pitted under that first caution, that would have put us up a lap up on the GT2 field. Marcel was having problems with his lap times as well as radio communication issues. We will take a hard look at the data to see what happened. Mike had a great restart on the last yellow and passed about a half-dozen cars to get us up on the podium for only second time this season."
Round eight of the American Le Mans Series will be run at Mosport International Raceway on Sunday, September 3rd.