SONOMA, Calif. -- July 27, 2003 -- Alex Job Racing has kept up the momentum in the American Le Mans Series GT class with a consecutive one-two win at today's Infineon Grand Prix of Sonoma. The No. 23 McKenna Porsche/mail2web.com& ...
SONOMA, Calif. -- July 27, 2003 -- Alex Job Racing has kept up the momentum in the American Le Mans Series GT class with a consecutive one-two win at today's Infineon Grand Prix of Sonoma. The No. 23 McKenna Porsche/mail2web.com™ Porsche GT3 RS of Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen battled hard with their teammates, Jorg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard in the 24 car for a hard fought win during the last four minutes of the two hour, 45-minute race.
Bergmeister started first on the GT grid while Luhr started 16th due to not getting a fast lap because of a red flag during qualifying on Saturday. Luhr was able to work his way through the pack to ninth position in class the first two laps of the race. By the lap 12, Luhr was running steady in third position. Bergmeister held onto the GT lead until the first pit stop when one position was lost; then Bernhard took over driving duties and quickly regained the lead.
By the second half of the race, the two cars were battling for first position with Bernhard holding steady in first with only .5 seconds separating the two Porsches. Four minutes before the checkered flag fell, Luhr was able to slide by his teammate's machine in turn 11 and held the lead at the end.
"I think I lost more sweat in the first 30 minutes watching Lucas work his way through the traffic than I did while I was driving! We were really worried about our teammates' car, we discussed strategy a lot at dinner last night, but I never thought it would be this much. I really like it when it's competitive like this, it makes the win even more special and it's fun to race like this with Timo and Jorg," Maassen commented.
"Our first pit stop was slow because we had to push the car back, but the last pit stop was great. Those guys really worked hard. It was a fantastic ride even though we were hit maybe three times at the beginning because of all the prototypes behind us. It really was a good race, we were nose to tail and Timo and I both were at the limit when we were trying for the lead. I had the chance to pass and I knew I had to drive away but Timo was really chasing me. I was over the limit so I'm sure he was too," Luhr said.
"This was a great race. We really were sitting on the edge of our seats most of the time. It's been an interesting weekend with a few problems but luckily we got them sorted out before the beginning of the race. Lucas did a great job driving through the traffic at the beginning. All four drivers drove a great race. They really pushed themselves and it showed. We had our McKenna sponsors here from Southern California which was great because they got to see us win in person. I'm pleased with everything and am looking forward to Trois-Rivieres next week," team owner Alex Job said.
Based in Tavares, Fla., Alex Job Racing serves as a race prep, chassis-building and tuning facility. On a day-to-day basis, team owners Alex and Holly Job are involved in the growth and administrative functions of the team and business.
To learn more about Alex Job Racing, visit www.alexjobracing.com.