ALEX JOB RACING/EMORY MOTORSPORTS QUICK OUT OF THE BOX
Alex Job Racing/Emory Motorsports had its first opportunity to test its new Porsche-powered Crawford in the Hoosier Tire Test, and logged the session's third-quickest time. Mike Rockenfeller and Patrick Long drove for the team, preparing for the team's first appearance in the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
"Obviously, we've got a learning curve to deal with and we've got to learn pretty quick, because Daytona is coming up real quick," said team owner Alex Job. "We have some typical new car situations, but for the most part, it's going very well. The package looks quite good."
This is the first Porsche-powered Crawford Daytona Prototype, while a new Porsche-powered Doran was tested for the first time by Synergy at Homestead. Counting the Brumos entry which has competed in Grand American since 2003, this gives the Rolex Series three Porsche-powered chassis.
"The Porsche is showing to be quite competitive so far," Job said. "There are Porsches in two other cars here, as well, and all of them have shown competitive. I think Porsche is a good package."
For their part, the drivers were also impressed with the new Daytona Prototype in its first run and are looking forward to a solid run in the Rolex 24.
"I love it," Long said. "It's symmetrical to a 'T,' the engine's good, and the car's handling good. I feel real comfortable and at home driving it. Visually and ergonomically it's a lot different from a Porsche RSR, which is what I'm used to, so I'm having a lot of fun. I think it will be good for the Rolex 24. Trying to win practice or qualifying isn't going to be our plan, that's not what's going to win the race for us."
Job said the team will announce its third driver and sponsors for
the Rolex 24 in a few weeks. He hopes to run additional races in the
series if the team can secure sponsorship.