Alex Job Racing Daytona hour 18 race report

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Alex Job Racing Fifth and 16th at 18 Hours in Daytona

#23 Alex Job Racing Porsche GT3: Emmanuel Collard, Marco Holzer, Butch Leitzinger, Cooper MacNeil
#23 Alex Job Racing Porsche GT3: Emmanuel Collard, Marco Holzer, Butch Leitzinger, Cooper MacNeil

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla, (Jan. 29, 2012), Alex Job Racing (AJR) heads into the final six-hour leg of the 50th Anniversary GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Rolex 24 At Daytona. The team is running in the top five and racing for a GT podium finish at Daytona International Speedway.

The No. 23 WeatherTech/Alex Job Racing Porsche continued through the night and into the morning running flawlessly. A succession of two yellows around 5 a.m. caught the team on the wrong side of the leading DP car sending them down a lap. At this point, the crew decided to perform a brake change sending them down an additional lap. Although an all-out assault by Porsche factory driver Marco Holzer, where he set fast lap of the race at 8 a.m. this morning, 16 hours into the event, and passing the overall leader at speed, the 23 car remains two laps down to the GT leader. Teammates Cooper MacNeil, Emmanuel Collard, Marco Holzer and Butch Leitzinger are in full attack mode to take advantage of every eventuality and position to the end at 3:30 p.m. today. The quartet currently is running fifth in GT.

"My second time in the car went really well," MacNeil said. "I was able to work my lap times down and get some good laps in the dark. The car is good. Marco got in after me and set the fastest lap of any GT car of the race at eight in the morning, so the car is good."

"It is nice to be able to see things again," Leitzinger said. The lack of visibility at night you are constantly surprised at you what you can't see. In the day time, if the windshield is not too dirty, you can see the debris and dirt on the track. The car is running very well. There is a whole pack of cars at the top that are doing fast times. We are trying to make up time. It is tough when everybody is going really fast."

#24 Alex Job Racing Porsche GT3: Michael Avenatti, Bob Faieta, Fred Poordad, Bill Sweedler, Cort Wagner
#24 Alex Job Racing Porsche GT3: Michael Avenatti, Bob Faieta, Fred Poordad, Bill Sweedler, Cort Wagner

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

The No. 24 McKenna Porsche/Battery Tender/ Kensington/Koss Stereophones/Alex Job Racing GT3 Cup car driven by Cort Wagner, Bill Sweedler, Fred Poordad, Bob Faieta and Michael Avenatti continues its strong run in the top 15. The five drivers have not put a wheel wrong all race and are running their pace to plan. The 24 McKenna Porsche is currently running solidly in 15th with 18 hours remaining.

"My early-morning run was a little more interesting," Faieta said. "I had a warning light come up on the dash, and we had to fool around with that a little bit. The car feels pretty good. I was moving the sway bar adjustments a little bit to maximize the handling for the condition. The cars are still running fast and battling for every position out there."

"The sunrise stint is my favorite run in the car," Wagner said. "I call it a violent romance because it is so noisy and crazy. Your car is going 180 mph door-handle-to-door handle and the sun is coming up. The air is perfect. It is really surreal. To me, it is the violent romantic shift. The car is great. We have had no issues."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Emmanuel Collard , Eric Gilbert , Alex Job , Marco Holzer , Michael Avenatti , Bob Faieta , Bill Sweedler , Fred Poordad , Cooper MacNeil , Cort Wagner
Teams Alex Job Racing
Tags collard, holzer, leitzinger, mcneil, porsche, sweedler, wagner