Today’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring marks a special occasion for Alex and Holly Job, and the entire Alex Job Racing organization.
The 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship edition of the 12-hour endurance classic is the team’s 25th running of the historic race.
While AJR has achieved a pair of wins apiece at Daytona and Le Mans, Sebring is where the team has really left its mark.
AJR has a Sebring record nine class wins, including three of the four GTC class outings of the American Le Mans Series at Sebring (2010, 2012 and 2013).
The other six were won in 1995, 1999, and then four straight from 2001 through 2004.
“Sebring has been a track that we have posted the most wins in our team’s history,” Job said. “I am not really sure why that is over the past 25 years. We have always seemed to have the right combination of engineering, car preparation and driver combinations to put ourselves in a position to win the race.
“For most of our quarter century, it was the second race on the schedule and then went to become the first and now with the new TUDOR Championship it is once again the second. We’ve really seen it all.”
AJR is well positioned for a record-extending 10th class win, as the team’s two GT Daytona class cars start second and sixth for today’s race.
Leh Keen qualified the No. 22 WeatherTech-backed Porsche 911 GT America and will co-driver with Cooper MacNeil and Phillip Frommenwiler. The No. 23 Team Seattle/AJR entry rolls off two rows behind, qualified by Mario Farnbacher and co-driven by Ian James and Alex Riberas.
“The car gets better and better every session,” said Keen, who won in 2010 as part of AJR’s podium sweep in GTC. “That is what Alex Job and Greg (Fordahl, team engineer) do, just keep improving.”
MacNeil, who seeks to defend his 2013 class win, is setting some personal best times.
Meanwhile James, on the No. 23 car, has two prior class wins in 2004 and 2005.
Either car winning would be the first for the new Porsche 911 GT America, and add to Job’s record run on the legendary Central Florida circuit.