LE MANS, France -- June 16, 2003 -- The No. 93 mail2web.com& ...
LE MANS, France -- June 16, 2003 -- The No. 93 mail2web.com™ Alex Job Racing -- Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning Racing Porsche finished first in LM GT class and 16th overall at the team's first-ever experience at the French racing classic, the 24 Heures du Mans. The team started their rookie experience taking the LM GT pole and setting a new class track record for qualifying with a time of 4:06.984 and the rest of the weekend went as well as it started.
The 24-hour race wasn't without its share of problems that often come with an endurance event. At around 2 a.m. high oil and water temperatures brought the car in early. Track debris punctured the radiator and as a result a radiator change was needed. The 24-minute pit stop caused the first position LM GT class team to drop to fifth position in class. The rest of the night was without problems until near the 9 a.m. hour when the Porsche GT3 RS racing machine lost voltage, and consequently an alternator change was needed during a routine pit stop near the 11 a.m. hour. The six-minute pit stop didn't have an effect on the team's position in class. The following five hours of the race were problem free with flawless driving and pit stops by the experienced crew and drivers.
All accomplished professional drivers, Emmanuel Collard, Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen all have experience at the 24 Heures du Mans. The team driving veteran, Collard has competed eight times; Luhr is now a three-time Le Mans winner and Maassen has had two second-place finishes and this win at the endurance race.
"I have wished for this win since I have come in second here twice. It is a really special race for me and the whole team. Porsche is great and driving with my teammate Lucas and my new teammate Emmanuel was perfect. We had little problems but the Porsche was great. The Michelins as usual were good and I couldn't ask for a better 24 hours," said Sascha Maassen of his first Le Mans win.
"This is amazing for us being here for the first time and winning in class. We've spent many years in the American Le Mans Series which is patterned after this great race and to win here is a dream for myself and the entire team. Thanks to our sponsors mail2web.com, Craigstanton.net, Florida Choice Bank, C-Now, John Carrino Group and the Florida Citrus, Gold Coast, Peachstate, Space Coast and Suncoast regions of the Porsche Club," Alex Job Racing team owner, Alex Job.
"We're thrilled with the outcome; it's been a long 24 hours filled with a few problems along the way, but with the power of the two teams and the skills of the drivers, we were able to survive and make up the time. This has been a dream of both of ours for a long time and it's finally come true. It's overwhelming and hard to digest the win right now. We are happy the way the two teams worked together and we'd do it again in a heartbeat. We would like to thank our sponsors the Westward Ho Casino, MMPIE, PAWS and Justice Brothers. Without them we wouldn't be here. And last but not least, thanks to our moms for making this possible," Mike Petersen and Dale White, Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning team owners said of their Le Mans win.
The alliance of Alex Job Racing with Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing is a cooperative effort with members of both Alex Job Racing and Petersen /White Lighting preparing and crewing the car. While rivals in the GT-class of the ALMS, the two joined to create a formidable team to compete at the prestigious endurance race. Michael Petersen is the car owner while Alex Job acted as entrant and manager and Dale White was the program manager for the operation.
To learn more about Alex Job Racing, visit www.alexjobracing.com. To learn more about Petersen Motorsports/White Lightning, visit www.petersenmotorsports.com.