MONTEREY, Calif. - The Heart of Racing Porsche drivers Mario Farnbacher (Germany) and Alex Riberas (Spain) will start from pole position in GTD for tomorrow's IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix presented by Mazda to run at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Farnbacher and Riberas had the Alex Job Racing prepared Heart of Racing Porsche on the top of the GTD timing chart for every practice this weekend. In qualifying Riberas had the wheel of the No. 23 blue Porsche for the 15-minute session. Wasting little time he posted a lap of 1:25.755 to take the pole position. A remarkable feat as he had no previous experience at the 2.2-mile, 11-turn circuit located east of Monterey Bay. Tomorrow's race will be only two hours in
Alex Riberas takes GTD pole.
length making strategy a very important element.
"We are really in a good position here," Riberas said. "This is very special, my first pole position in IMSA. The team has done an outstanding job since Sebring. Right from the first practice we have had a great feeling with the Heart of Racing Porsche. The hard work paid off this week. In all four practice sessions we were the fastest. We will stay cool, keep our heads down and go for the win tomorrow."
Teammate Farnbacher is also happy with the car and the team.
"Alex did a great job to go out and get the pole for the Heart of Racing team," Farnbacher said. "In all of the free practice sessions and in qualifying we have the fastest car, so it is going good so far. The team is working hard and we will be looking to keep the Porsche at the front of the field in the race as well. This is a shorter race, so we will have to have good strategy and good speed in the car."
"Alex did his homework on the track and did a nice job to get the pole in the Heart of Racing Porsche," Team Owner Alex Job said. "He and Mario have been the fastest GTD car all week. The team has the car running fast and we now need to put it all together in the race tomorrow. A short race compared to what we are used to, but that will make it that much more interesting."
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will be televised live on FOX Sports 2, Sunday, May 1, starting at 6 p.m. ET.
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.