Road Atlanta: Alex Job Racing Thursday notes

Alex Job Racing posted the quickest GT times during Thursday practice for the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Lucas Luhr was quickest of the team's five drivers, covering the 2.54-mile road course in one minute 23.677 seconds in the No. 23 McKenna...

Alex Job Racing posted the quickest GT times during Thursday practice for the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Lucas Luhr was quickest of the team's five drivers, covering the 2.54-mile road course in one minute 23.677 seconds in the No. 23 McKenna Xybernaut Porsche. Timo Bernhard was second in class in the No. 22 Porsche (1:24.252). The driver lineup for the 1000-mile, 10-hour race has Luhr and Sascha Maassen in the No. 23 car and Jörg Bergmeister, Bernhard and Marc Lieb in the No. 22.

Rookie view

Timo Bernhard is competing at Road Atlanta for the first time. His thoughts:

"I really like the track, especially turn 12 - it's fast and you have to force yourself to go really close to flat. It's exciting! I also like the chicanes on the back. If you miss an entry on the first corner, you destroy two or three other corners, so everything has to work really good. In the race it will be hard if we have traffic there or some faster cars come from behind. You cannot go off the good line because there is a lot of dust and it's easy to crash."

New tires

Michelin has developed a new tire construction and two new compounds that will be used at the Petit Le Mans. Jerry Rinaldo, ALMS manager for Michelin North America, explained:

"From what we learned last year, we have a completely different tire from what we've been using all year long. The construction is more durable. Most of the Porsches have a left-rear compression coming down turns 12 and one. It puts a lot of pressure on the tires, so we have a stronger carcass, plus two brand-new compounds - in layman's terms, a hard and a soft-medium. We probably won't use the hard at night.

"The track temperature and the weather make a big difference in the compound we use. With the weather situation, I think [the teams] will stay with one compound during the whole race. Durability is going to be good but the rear tires will probably only do one stint."

-ajr-

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Series ALMS
Drivers Sascha Maassen , Lucas Luhr , Jörg Bergmeister , Timo Bernhard , Marc Lieb , Alex Job
Teams Alex Job Racing