MONTEREY, Calif. (May 1, 2016) - The Heart of Racing Porsche drivers Mario Farnbacher (Germany) and Alex Riberas (Spain) won today's running of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix presented by Mazda run at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Farnbacher and Riberas had a spectacular weekend leading every practice, winning the GTD pole and winning the race by leading every lap. The Alex Job Racing prepared No. 23 Heart of Racing Porsche never missed a beat all weekend. From the drop of the green flag Riberas was able to get the power down and lead into Turn 1. The Spaniard amassed an eight-second lead before the races only caution flew on lap 34. The Cardiac Crew took the opportunity to pit the 23 and put Farnbacher behind the wheel. The German got a good restart and drove to the checkered flag for the team's 71st win in sports car competition.
"I jumped in under the full course caution when Alex brought the car in P1," Farnbacher said. "I tried my best to manage the tires. We know the Ferrari is very good over a stint on its tires, so I tried to manage mine as best as I could. It was quite hard to manage my tires with the Ferrari right behind after the restart. It was a great weekend all around. We were fastest every practice and Alex got the pole position. It is very special to win at this track especially to lead every lap from the pole!"
Riberas' first time at Laguna Seca resulted in a win.
"Absolutely fantastic race," Riberas said. "The first win for the Porsche GT3R in IMSA is very special to me. In the first practice we were P1. In the second practice P1. In the third practice P1. In qualifying P1 and of the race P1. At the start I was able to get a good jump at the green and keep the lead. I opened up an eight-second lead until the yellow. Mario got in and did a good job to manage the car to the win over the Ferrari who was close behind. It was a great team weekend. The Alex Job Racing crew did a great job with the Heart of Racing Porsche. It is great to get a win at a track that you drive for the first time!"
"What a day," said Alex Job, team owner. "Alex and Mario did a great job to manage the car at a track that is usually tough on the rear tires of a Porsche race car. The team put a car under them that was fast all weekend and we were able to get the first win for this new Porsche in IMSA. A great effort by everyone this weekend."
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will travel to Detroit for the Chevrolet SportsCar Classic to run June 3-4.
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.