Graf Joins Rockenfeller At AJR
Rahal To Race At Sebring
Mike Rockenfeller was known to be racing the #23
Alex Job Racing #23 Porsche this year, in the ALMS: now it’s
confirmed that Klaus Graf will be his full season partner, with
Graham Rahal joining in at Sebring.
The Florida based ‘factory Porsche team’
will run just one car this year.
Mike Rockenfeller needs no introduction here –
or at AJR: he was outstanding in the team’s Crawford Porsche
in the Rolex 24, and was a key part of the AJR / BAM! victory at
Le Mans, in GT2, last June.
It’s a welcome back to the ALMS to Klaus Graf,
who raced a Panoz LMP1 in 2001, but faded from the American scene
after that – although he was crowned the Trans-Am champion
last year, with five poles and four wins, behind the wheel of the
Graham Rahal comes to Sebring from A1GP, where he
is driving the final three races for A1 Team Lebanon (he has Lebanese
ancestry), while his 2006 will focus on the Champ Car Formula Atlantic
series. He raced a Porsche for Tafel Racing in the recent Rolex
24 – so he’s probably fairly familiar with Mike Rockenfeller’s
style of driving.
“We have always done really well at Sebring,”
comments Alex Job. “Last year we stumbled a bit, but we have
studied our difficult 2005 race and we are more prepared than ever
to add to our six victories here. We are pleased to have Mike Rockenfeller,
Klaus Graf and young Graham Rahal with us for Sebring.
category looks to be the strongest ever in ALMS. The new Ferrari
will be very tough and the BMWs and Lexus’, although running
for a separate GT2 title, will still be cars that every competitor
must beat to feel proud about winning the championship come October.”