The Sun Goes Down On Job’s ALMS Programme
Alex Job has announced that his team will not race in the 2007 ALMS. The suggestion was that the team would take in the two major endurance races at Sebring and Road Atlanta, but that isn’t now in the plan: AJR will concentrate on running two Crawford Porsches in the Rolex Series.

Alex Job Racing entered every single ALMS race since the series’ inception, and scored a remarkable 39 wins. In addition there were 46 pole positions, 79 podium finishes, three series championships - and two 24 Hour of Le Mans wins.

2006 wasn’t the best of seasons, with, surprisingly, just one win – at Houston, for Mike Rockenfeller and Klaus Graf.

“The first race of the year at Sebring pretty much outlined the rest of our year – qualify mid-pack and have terrible luck,” comments Mike Rockenfeller. “We had the pace in many of the races, but our fellow competitors in the prototype classes and tough luck conspired against us all year. I was really cheering for the team at Petit when they were up two laps; I almost asked Roger Penske if I could run down there and do a stint. The AJR crew never quit, with all of the major repairs we had to do during the races, except for Mid-Ohio we never had to take the car back to the paddock, they dove in and fixed on pit road to get us back in the fight, that is the kind of team you want behind you as a driver.”

“From the four races I did with the team, we could have realistically won three of them (Mosport, PLM and Laguna Seca),” says Marcel Tiemann. “In my opinion the GT2 is the hardest class in the ALMS. It has the most cars and strongest drivers. I drove in many different categories and races, but this is probably one of the hardest to win.”

“We had a very rough road in the ALMS this season,” adds Alex Job. “(After Sebring and Houston) the rest of our year was clouded by on track incidents and our different drivers playing catch-up with the handling of the Porsche. The new Ferraris proved to be very fast and the Lizard team really came out this season with a strong effort. White Lightning showed once again their strength. We had excellent support from Bell Microproducts and hirewise all year. It will be a sad day for me when Sebring rolls around in March, having made 18 consecutive starts there with at least one car.”

 

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