Sebring: Alex Job Racing race report

Alex Job Racing celebrates 5th class win at Sebring. SEBRING, Fla. -- March 15, 2003 -- Alex Job Racing defended the team's 2001 and 2002 GT class wins today at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring to win in class for a third consecutive year....

Alex Job Racing celebrates 5th class win at Sebring.

SEBRING, Fla. -- March 15, 2003 -- Alex Job Racing defended the team's 2001 and 2002 GT class wins today at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring to win in class for a third consecutive year. This win marks the team's fifth at Sebring and the class victory is the fourth consecutive for driver Lucas Luhr. Luhr's win breaks the record of three consecutive Sebring wins set in 1961. The No. 23 Porsche GT3 RS was piloted by Luhr of Monaco and Sascha Maassen of Raeren, Belgium.

The No. 24 racing machine was driven by Jorg Bergmeister of Langenfeld, Germany and Timo Bernhard of Miesau, Germany. Bernhard started the No. 24 Alex Job Racing McKenna Porsche on the pole, but the car faced many challenges throughout the 12-hour race. The crew met each challenge head on, but came up short of a podium finish. The first mishap occurred early in the race when a transmission oil cooler filter failed causing the car to pit for approximately 35 minutes, loosing 12 laps. Quick and consistent lap times coupled with excellent pit stop strategy allowed Bergmeister and Bernhard to move up the GT class. No. 24 finished fifth in class after coming back from as low as 16th during the 12-hour period.

Alex Job Racing won at Sebring in 1995 in the GT-2 class in a Porsche 911; in 1999 in a Porsche 911 RSR and in 2001 and 2002 in a Porsche 911 GT3 RS.

"Sebring has been really good to AJR; we've won four out of the last five years with two 1-2 finish years. I'm extremely proud of the 24 car team coming in fifth after having some problems early on. They were really on fire today. The 23 crew was also great, we had a lot of new crew members and they did a fantastic job. This was a winning combo today. Congratulations to the Petersen guys. They gave us the strongest run yet at Sebring. It's unfortunate about the No. 34 Ferrari team, I hope their driver is doing ok. Now we have to gear up for Le Mans," team owner Alex Job said of his team win.

"Sebring is really tough to do with two guys. I'm really worn out from today. I have to hand it to the team, they did an excellent job and we have a new crew chief who did great," Luhr said.

Next stop for Alex Job Racing is the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 14 and 15. The team is joining forces with Petersen Motorsports/White Lighting Racing. Neither team has competed at the world-famous endurance race before.

The team is proud to welcome back McKenna Porsche as its primary sponsor for the 2003 season. The family-run business, headquartered in Norwalk, Calif., owns five dealerships in Southern California and an additional three in Hawaii. McKenna is one of the top 10 Porsche dealers in the United States and is ranked first in Volkswagen sales, fifth in BMW sales and 11th in Porsche sales in the western states. The McKenna family has a long history of involvement in motorsport, sponsoring winning teams in Formula V and IMSA before partnering with Alex Job Racing.

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.

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