SEBRING, Fla. (Nov. 17, 2013) – The No. 5 Action Express Corvette DP led its second consecutive day of TUDOR United SportsCar Championship testing Sunday at Sebring International Raceway courtesy of a best lap of 1:53.748 (118.367 mph) by Sebastien Bourdais.
 
For the first time in a while, Alex Job Racing enters this year’s TUDOR Championship with two fully-funded teams, supported by one manufacturer. While Porsche has long been a part of the AJR lineup, the last couple of seasons have seen the team also support customer entries from a variety of other brands. 
 
That changes in 2014 when AJR focuses solely on a pair of Porsche GT Americas in the GTD class.
 
“We’re back to where we used to be, back to my roots of having a two-car, Porsche-only team,” said team owner Alex Job. “It’s a good thing for us right now because we have new cars this year and we’ve got to learn these new cars. I feel blessed to have a two-car program because having two cars gives us the ability to go in different directions and learn what these cars want as quickly as possible.” 
 
Cooper MacNeil and Leh Keen, who co-drove to the 2012 ALMS GTC championship, will drive the No. 22 WeatherTech Porsche GT America, while Ian James and Mario Farnbacher handle duties behind the wheel of an entry from Team Seattle. Although the two cars are separate customer entries, teamwork will be key in getting up to speed in what will be an ultra-competitive GTD class.
 
“We’re going to share everything. At the end of the day we are still competing against one another, but we know we’re going to be stronger with one two-car team,” said Job. “I have to respect that they are two different customers, but we have agreed to work as one two-car team so the drivers, engineers and teams will share all of the data. 
 
“There are a lot of new cars from different manufacturers in the GTD class this year, but we have strength in numbers at Porsche. We have to all work together to get up to speed as quickly as possible.”
 
PROJECT LIBRA PARTICIPATES IN SEBRING TEST WITH AN EYE TOWARD 2014
After a year-long absence, Project Libra reacquainted itself with the North American sports car scene at Sebring with co-drivers Robbie Kerr and Nicolas de Crem sharing the controls of the team’s No. 15 RWB Vodka Radical SR9 in the P class. 
 
The team is also expected to participate in the two-day test session at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday and Wednesday, with an eye toward putting together a full TUDOR Championship campaign for 2014.
 
“We’re here to show that we want to be in the series,” said Project Libra owner Ian Dawson. “We worked this year on commercial funding for people to come into the program. We signed up the RWB Vodka people earlier this year and we’ve had them positioned on two other cars as a management project. We’ve got another company looking at it now, who will come to Daytona. They’re very keen to come onboard.”
 
Dawson noted that the team’s Roush Yates-powered Radical is a markedly different package than anything currently subscribed for the TUDOR Championship, and that is by design. 
 
“The whole program is built around something different,” Dawson said. “We need to be credible. That’s an important thing for me. I’ve been 44 years in this and some of it’s always been a bit experimental, but I think that’s always been the beauty of the series. It allows you to come in and try something. It’s important to give value to our people.”
 
ACCIDENT MARS SUNDAY TEST FOR NGT MOTORSPORT
NGT Motorsport was hard at work Sunday afternoon repairing damage to the left-rear of its Porsche GT America after an incident involving Alex Mueller early in the day’s final session. Team owner/manager Ramez Wahab believes the damage is mostly cosmetic and the team will be able to make next week’s test at Daytona International Speedway.
 
It was already a busy weekend for NGT Motorsports, which took delivery of its Porsche Friday afternoon and turned its first laps Saturday. In fact, the new car has yet to even see team’s Miami-based shop. 
 
“We didn’t have that much seat time because the car came straight from the airport to the track,” said Wahab. “We never had the car at the shop, so yesterday was all about breaking in the car, breaking in the gearbox and the axles.”
 
The lack of track time wasn’t a concern for Wahab, knowing that the first two tracks on the TUDOR Championship schedule are tracks the team has turned plenty of laps in the past.
 
“We’re not worried too much about lap times,” he said. “The first race is Daytona and (Sebring) is really our home track. We’ll have other chances to run here.”

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