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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Heart of Racing Porsche drivers Mario Farnbacher Germany), Ian James (Phoenix), Alex Riberas (Spain) and Wolf Henzler (Germany) will start from the fourth row in GTD in The Heart of Racing 911 GT3R at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 54th running of the Rolex 24 Hour At Daytona on Saturday.

Farnbacher had the controls of the all-new No. 23 The Heart of Racing Porsche GT3R for the 15-minute qualifying session. Rain had once again moved into the area for qualifying. On full wet Continental rain tires, the German was able to post a time of 2:07.985 good for a fourth row starting position in the ultra-competitive GTD Class.

Qualifying went well," Farnbacher said. "In a 24 hour race, qualifying is really not important. I was just running comfortable laps in qualifying, not taking any chances. Our practice conditions were a little dryer earlier in the day. In qualifying, it was a full rain storm. It doesn't do anyone any good if I was to push and stuff it into the wall. We know from the past that the fastest car in qualifying doesn't always win the race. The new car is great. With the traction control and ABS, it makes driving this new Porsche a little easier over 24 hours. The competition in the GTD field is very high. It is going to be interesting."

Team owner, Alex Job, has the The Heart of Racing team in a good position for the start on Saturday.

"Mario did a good job in qualifying," Job said. "For a young guy, he is smart enough to look at the big picture and he has us on the fourth row. We have had changing weather all day and the rain really came for qualifying. The 23 team puts a good car on the track in race trim. Ian, Alex and Wolf, along with Mario have gotten good laps in so far and we are looking forward to a very competitive race come Saturday."

The Heart of Racing Porsche will be turning laps with the hopes of winning the Rolex 24 Hour At Daytona, but also making circuits for the Heart Center at Seattle Children's Hospital. Over the past 19 years, the effort headed by Don and Donna Kitch, has generated over $5.5 million for the cause. As the team heads into Daytona, there are already pledges of more than $200 for every lap that the No. 23 Heart of Racing Porsche turns in the race. Pledges can be made at https://giveto.seattlechildrens.org/teamseattle.

This year the team is installing a new incentive, "THE" Cardiac Crew. For every on track position that the No. 23 The Heart of Racing Porsche improves as a result of the Cardiac Crew's fast pit work, a donation will be made to Seattle Children's Hospital and The Heart Center.

In addition the team's 2016 IMSA WeatherTech Championship season will be documented by Craig Brooks and Kontent Partners. To view the trailer got to http://bit.ly/1VewZvj.

The 54th running of the 24 Hours of Daytona will be televised over FOX Sports1 and 2, as well as streamed live at IMSA.tv. Starting on Saturday, Jan. 30, FS1 will carry the start going live at 2 p.m. ET. FOX Sports 2 picks-up at 4 p.m. IMSA.tv will take over at 10 p.m. At 7 a.m. on Sunday, FOX Sports 1 returns, over to FOX Sports 2 at 10:30 a.m. and back to FOX Sports 1 for the finish at 1 p.m.

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD (GT Daytona) Class is made up of some the world's most sophisticated cars, including the Porsche 911 GT3 R, Ferrari 488, Lamborghini Huracan, Aston Martin, BMW M6, Viper SRT and Audi R8. All GTD Class cars run on the spec Continental tire.

The Heart of Racing
Founded in 1996, by Don and Donna Kitch, Team Seattle and The Heart of Racing is a group of sports car road racing fans, drivers, and corporate partners making a difference in our community by combining two passions: A love of motorsports and a commitment to Seattle Children's Hospital and pediatric cardiac health care nationally. The team uses the promotion and exposure of the racing program to fund raise and increase awareness of the financial needs for quality pediatric medical care. Since inception, Team Seattle has generated over $5.5 million for their cause.

Alex Job Racing is one of the most successful teams in sports car racing with 70 wins (since 1995); including two Rolex 24 GT Class wins in 1999 and 2013. This record is supported by 48 pole positions and 106 podium finishes. The team has won five championships (GTC 2013, 2012, GT in 2004, 2003 and 2002) complimented by their two GT class wins at Le Mans. The team also boasts ten Sebring 12-hour wins.

The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GTD (GT Daytona) Class is made up of some the world's most sophisticated cars, including the Porsche 911 GT America, Ferrari 458, Aston Martin, BMW Z4, Viper SRT and Audi R8. All GTD Class cars run on the spec Continental tire.

The Heart of Racing
Founded in 1996, by Don and Donna Kitch, Team Seattle and The Heart of Racing is a group of sports car road racing fans, drivers, and corporate partners making a difference in our community by combining two passions: A love of motorsports and a commitment to Seattle Children's Hospital and pediatric cardiac health care nationally. The team uses the promotion and exposure of the racing program to fund raise and increase awareness of the financial needs for quality pediatric medical care. Since inception, Team Seattle has generated over $5.5 million for their cause. The Heart of Racing accepts donations and pledges for Seattle Children's Hospital at teamseattle.com.
 
Alex Job Racing
Alex Job Racing is one of the most successful teams in sports car racing with 70 wins (since 1995); including two Rolex 24 GT Class wins in 1999 and 2013. This record is supported by 48 pole positions and 106 podium finishes.  The team has won five championships (GTC 2013, 2012, GT in 2004, 2003 and 2002) complimented by their two GT class wins at Le Mans. The team also boasts ten Sebring 12-hour wins.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD (GT Daytona) Class is made up of some the world's most sophisticated cars, including the Porsche 911 GT3 R, Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Huracan, Aston Martin DB9, BMW M6, Viper SRT and Audi R8 LMS. All GTD Class cars run on the spec Continental tire.

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