Alex Job racing is ready for Sebring this weekend. The 12 hours of Sebring will open the 2012 American Le Mans series and in the GTC class Alex Job Racing will be adding Louis-Philippe Dumoulin to the team of Cooper MacNeil and Leh Keen. The GTC class is always tightly fought and should be an entertaining class to watch once again this year.
Below is from the official press release about the addition.
Alex Job Racing (AJR) has added Louis-Philippe Dumoulin to the driver line-up on the No. 022 WeatherTech/Alex Job Racing Porsche GT3 Cup entry for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring fueled by Fresh from Florida to be run on Mar. 17.
Dumoulin (Quebec, Canada), the 2011 NASCAR Canadian Tire Rookie of the Year, joins Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Illinois) and Leh Keen (Charleston, South Carolina) behind the wheel of the No. 022 WeatherTech Porsche.
“I am very excited to be participating in this American Le Mans Series endurance race, internationally renowned alongside the Daytona 24 hours and the 24 hours of Le Mans,” Dumoulin said. “Teams from all over the world will be participating and this makes me proud to be a part of the WeatherTech team prepared by Alex Job Racing and to compete with highly ranked pilots. The walls are very narrow at Sebring and mistakes are not forgiven. The track is long, uneven and physically demanding for the drivers. There is a series of fast, tight corners, and you can find a bit of everything at Sebring. You need to be intelligent in order to be on the lead lap at the end of the race.”
MacNeil, who is a student at the University of Colorado, is excited to run at Sebring and is already thinking about car set-up and the other 63 competitors.
“We need to focus on getting the Porsche handling well in the slow corners because Sebring has a lot of those, particularly 16 because it leads onto the longest straight of the track,” MacNeil said. “I’m really excited to be running this historic track with AJR and a 63 car field will make it that much better. My favorite part of Sebring has to be turns 10-16 because when you set it up perfectly, it feels so good. I have to thank WeatherTech and AJR for this great opportunity.”
Keen heads to Sebring looking for a third consecutive pole position in as many years in the GTC class and his second with AJR.
“Sebring really has a split personality,” Keen said. “This makes it interesting and challenging when setting up the car. Turn One and Turn 17 are so bumpy and really infamous corners. At some points throughout the corner you will only have one tire on the ground! It’s hard to set-up a neutral car with only one tire touching the track. What’s important is a stable rear-end in the car so you can power down and be confident in the car throughout the turn. Good rear grip is also essential to power out of the three tight right handers that lead onto long straights. It’s always a pleasure to work with Greg (Fordahl, engineer) on set-up and I am confident we will have one of the best cars out there. It’s great that there are so many cars, but it does create issues on the track. As with any endurance race, the game plan stays the same, stay clean and on the track. It will be pretty wild out there and I am looking forward to it. We will drive smart and that can be an advantage for us”
Alex Job, team owner, likes his line-up in the 022 WeatherTech car.
“Louis-Philippe will add another element of speed to the 022 line-up,” Job said. “He has several starts in the Rolex Series and has proven his speed and road racing prowess in the NASCAR Series in Canada. He also has a lot of miles behind the wheel of a Porsche. Cooper and Leh both have a lot of laps at Sebring and Leh will be going for his third pole in as many years in the GTC class. I am looking forward to a strong run from the 022 car this week.”
Alex Job Racing is one of the most successful teams in ALMS history with 42 wins. This record is supported by 48 pole positions and 102 podium finishes. The team has won three championships (GT in 2002, 2003 and 2004) complimented by their two GT class wins at Le Mans. The team also boasts seven Sebring 12 hour victories.
The ALMS GTC category is specific to one of the most popular factory produced racing cars in the world, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Developed for Porsche’s one-make series around the world, the new version of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is based on the road-going 911 GT3 RS. The power unit featured in the new 911 GT3 Cup is largely identical to the production engine of the 911 GT3 RS with the same output of 450 bhp and the same maximum engine speed of 8,500 rpm.