Alex Job Racing qualified second today in GT2 for the final round of the American Le Mans Series to be run at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca tomorrow afternoon.
Mike Rockenfeller took the number 23/Alex Job Racing/Bell Microproducts/Porsche 996 to the 2.2-mile, 11-turn road course for qualifying, in an attempt to back up his GT2 class leading time in the morning practice session. The young German managed to post a time of 1:24.140. The effort equals the team’s best qualifying effort of the year, second at Road America.
Mike Rockenfeller was satisfied with his qualifying run. “I gave it all I had today. We were able to improve the car between this mornings practice and the qualifying session, so that helps. I really didn’t have anything for the pole. My laps were fast, I took it a little too deep into the last corner on my last attempt, but that time would not have put us on the pole. We have a solid car for the race and we want to close out the season with a win.”
Marcel Tiemann is getting reacquainted with the track. “I am improving every session. I know the track from when I was here with Mercedes a few years back. The grip level of the track with the dirt that comes on takes some getting used to, but the faster turns have a little bank to them so they catch you and give you confidence. We struggled a little with the car yesterday, but the team was able to work through that and we were really good this morning. Mike did a great job in qualifying and we will have a first row starting position for the race.”
“Mike did a great job in qualifying,” said Alex Job, team owner. “The Ferrari is nearly a GT1 car. The team has taken our usual measured approach to setting up the car. Mike and Marcel have done a good job in providing the feedback that has shown on the time sheet. Going away from the first row tomorrow, matches our best qualifying effort of the season. With the season we have had, Mike, Marcel and the team are motivated to get one more win on Saturday.”