Alex Job Racing/Emory Motorsports Up-to-Speed at Daytona Daytona Beach, Florida -- Alex Job Racing/Emory Motorsports took to the track today for the first of three official test days in preparation for the season opening Grand American Rolex ...
Alex Job Racing/Emory Motorsports Up-to-Speed at Daytona
Daytona Beach, Florida -- Alex Job Racing/Emory Motorsports took to the track today for the first of three official test days in preparation for the season opening Grand American Rolex Series Presented by Crown Royal Reserve Daytona 24 Hour race to be run January 28 -- 29. Drivers Patrick Long, Lucas Luhr and Mike Rockenfeller had limited track time, but were still able to lead the weekends time sheet.
The team was suffering through some new car problems throughout the day on Thursday sorting the new number 23/Alex Job Racing/Emory Motorsports/Porsche Crawford, the only such combination in the Daytona Prototype category. "We had some electrical issues and some drive line concerns on Thursday which really limited our time on the track," said Alex Job. "This weekend was an opportunity for us to get in tune with the car, get the drivers some time behind the wheel and start to think about a good racing setup on the car that will be able to carry us for the 24 hours. The car is showing some good speed, but that is not surprising with our driver lineup. The Crawford chassis is proven as is the Porsche engine, the two together have not been proven. I had really hoped that we could have run more laps this weekend, we have a lot of work to do on the car between now and the race."
Patrick Long is getting used to overtaking in the Daytona Prototype as opposed the one being passed in the GT class. "The traffic here is already pretty thick and we really never have all of the cars on the track at the same time. It is a different perspective being in the car doing the passing, it takes a measured approach. We've had some problems, but a few weeks ago we were able to do some long runs here so we are not that far behind. The speed of the car is good and we still have room for improvement."
Lucas Luhr is optimistic for the 24. "We haven't done as many laps as we would have liked with the problems we had on Thursday. The team is new to the car and we have a ways to go before we can say that we have maximized the potential of the car. However, I am very happy with the speed we have shown, being at the top after this weekend is a great effort for the team and a new package like this."
Mike Rockenfeller is please with the speed of the car. "We have a speedy car. We are able to run at the top of the time sheet. All three drivers are able to set good times, but we are working on overall setup for the race and engineering a car to go 24 hours. With the small problems we have had, we just need to tighten up the package on the reliability, but the team knows what to do so I have a good feeling for the race."
The team ended the three day test session at the top of the time sheet with a best lap ofq:43.431 and an average speed of 123 mph. The time is under the qualifying record for the race by two seconds.The team's Daytona effort will be sponsored by Shred-it; the world's leading on site document destruction company. The team will also feature partners adidas and charity Limbs for Life.