Sebring: Porsche Motorsports race report

Lucas Luhr makes Sebring history by winning class four years in a row as Maassen/Luhr take the ...

Lucas Luhr makes Sebring history by winning class four years in a row as Maassen/Luhr take the #23 Alex Job Racing McKenna Porsche to Sebring win.

--The Sascha Maassen/Lucas Luhr #23 Alex Job Racing McKenna Porsche 911 GT3 RS has won the Mobil1 12 Hours of Sebring for the third straight year, and Luhr has tied a Sebring record by winning his class four years in a row-

SEBRING, Florida - March 15 - The #23 Alex Job Racing McKenna Porsche 911 GT3 RS, driven by Sascha Maassen from Belgium and Lucas Luhr from Monaco, not only won the GT class for the 51st Annual 12 Hours of Sebring, but each driver set individual records at the opening round of the 2003 American Le Mans Series.

Maassen and Luhr won Sebring in 2001 and 2002, with Luhr winning the event in 2000 co-driving with Dirk Mueller in the Dick Barbour Racing Porsche. Luhr ties Bob Holbert, who still runs a Volkswagen Porsche Audi dealership in Warrington, Penn., who won h is class four years in a row 1961 - 1964. Luhr had been tied with David Loring, John Morton, Steve Millen and Johnny O'Connell, who all won their class three years in a row in the '90s.

Maassen, who has won races in every year of ALMS competition dating back to 1999, increasing his lead as ALMS' winningest driver with 16 victories. Luhr has earned 14 wins.

The Maassen/Luhr car scored a one-lap victory over the Petersen Motosports Porsche 911 GT3 RS of Johnny Mowlem/Nic Jonsson/Craig Stanton but it was much closer than that for most of the race. The Petersen Porsche took the lead on several occasions, and ch allenged for the lead until the end. The Alex Caffi/Andrea Chiesa/Gabrio Rosa Seikel Porsche is finished.

The second Alex Job Racing McKenna Porsche with Jorg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard, who had earned the pole position for the event, finished fifth after losing almost an hour with a transmission problem.

Porsche Motorsport North America also announced at Sebring that mail2web.com, a leading free web-based email application company, and brand of SoftCom Technology Consulting Inc., of Toronto, will become a sponsor of Porsche's factory drivers and their team , Alex Job Racing. All Alex Job race cars entered in all 2003 ALMS races will display the mail2web.com logo.

"Porsche is a recognized leader in a sport that demands speed, performance and reliability," said Tony Yustein, CEO of SoftCom Technology Consulting Inc. "All of these mirror the characteristics which define mail2web.com. We share a common commitment to te chnology, and a genuine need to continually strive for excellence."

PORSCHE SEBRING FACTS

Overall Wins:
17 (Ferrari is second with 12)

Class Wins:
46

Porsche 911 Wins:
25 Overall and Class Victories

1st Overall Win:
1960 (Porsche's first major international win)

GT Class Wins:
23 (since 1979)

13 Year Winning Streak (overall):
1976-1988

PORSCHE ALMS FACTS

Most Class Wins: 30 (Audi is second with 25)

Longest Class Winning Streak: 13 (1999-2000)
(with the win at Sebring 2003, Porsche is on a 11-race winning streak)

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Series ALMS
Drivers Nic Jönsson
Teams Alex Job Racing