SASCHA MAASSEN and LUCAS LUHR -- perspective ALMS GT co-champions Maassen facts: Won Petit Le Mans GT class with Dirk Muller and Cort Wagner in the Alex Job Porsche in 1999 Won five ALMS races in Dick Barbour Porsche with Bob Wollek ...
SASCHA MAASSEN and LUCAS LUHR -- perspective ALMS GT co-champions
Won Petit Le Mans GT class with Dirk Muller and Cort Wagner in the Alex Job Porsche in 1999
Won five ALMS races in Dick Barbour Porsche with Bob Wollek including Petit Le Mans. Had inside track on the drivers championship when a failed clutched ended his chances at Adelaide.
Despite BMW domination in 2001, Sascha won Sebring, Texas and Donington Park (England), and was again in contention for the drivers title going into the last event.
2002 -- has won Sebring, Sears Point, Washington, Trois Rivieres, Laguna Seca and Miami with co-driver Lucas Luhr.
With victory last week at Miami, has tied Oliver Beretta as ALMS' winningest driver
Won one of the Porsche Supercup races at Indianapolis in 2001.
Junior Karting champion at the age of 10
First major ride in 2000 with Dick Barbour Racing; won with co-driver Dirk Muller at Sebring, Nurburgring, Sears Point and Adelaide -- helped Dirk to the drivers championship.
Only one of three drivers ever to win his class at Sebring three years in a row (2000 -- 2002). Others are Johnny O'Connell, John Morton, Steve Millen and David Loring.
At 23, Luhr would become ALMS' youngest champion.
Alex Job facts:
Only team besides Panoz to run the entire ALMS Schedule every year since the inception of the series.
Alex Job driver Cort Wagner won the drivers title in 1999, but Job lost the team championship to BMW's Tom Milner.
Alex Job Racing clinched the 2002 team title with its win last week at Miami.
Alex and wife Holly Job started the team in 1990 after Alex decided to end his driving career. His best finish as a driver was second in class at the 1990 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
For the past two years, Job has been the team chosen by the Porsche factory to utilize its contract drivers for the ALMS series.
Other 2002 Porsche Champions at Petit Le Mans:
Marc Lieb, Porsche Junior Team driver from Germany, and third driver in the #22 AJR Porsche with Bergmeister/Bernhard at Petit Le Mans, has just clinched the 2002 Porsche Carrera Cup in Germany.
Likewise, Stephane Ortelli, the French driver who now lives in Monaco, clinched the 2002 Group N title in the FIA-GT series last weekend in a Porsche. The weekend before, at the Saturday Porsche Michelin Supercup race at Indianapolis, Ortelli finished thi rd to clinch that 2002 season title. Ortelli was a co-driver with Yannick Dalmas and Alan McNish in the Porsche GT1 that won Le Mans overall in 1998.
Kevin Buckler, who has led The Racer's Group Porsche to victories at . the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, along with two . ALMS and a Grand-Am win, has clinched the 2002 Porsche Cup -- awarded . to the top independent Porsche racer in the world Buckler joins Price . Cobb (1995), Cort Wagner (1999), Mike Fitzgerald (2001) as the only . Americans to win the Porsche Cup since its inception in 1970 .
PORSCHE PETIT LE MANS FACTS (1998-2001):
Class Wins: 5 (includes GT1, GT2 and GT3 wins in 1998)
Porsche 911 Wins: 5 Class Victories
PORSCHE AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES STATISTICS (1999 -- 2002)
Porsche Class Victories: 28
Audi - 23
Dodge - 16
BMW -- 15
Corvette - 15
Panoz - 9
R&S/Judd - 7
Saleen - 4
Nissan - 4
MG - 4
Ferrari - 1
Longest Winning Streak (GT CLASS): 13 Porsche GT class wins in a row (1999 - 2000)