DETROIT (June 3, 2016) - Mario Farnbacher (Germany) and Alex Riberas (Spain) will start 11th in the No. 23 The Heart of Racing Porsche for Saturday's IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Detroit's Belle Isle Park.
Farnbacher was behind the wheel of the Alex Job Racing-prepared The Heart of Racing Porsche for the 15 minute GTD qualifying session. On his third lap of the session, he came out of Turn 10 and lost drive to the car. Farnbacher's fastest lap was a 1:33.200 around the 2.3-mile, 14-turn street course.
"I drove out of Turn 10 and all of a sudden I lost drive," Farnbacher said following a disappointing qualifying session. "I think it's a driveshaft. At this race, qualifying is really important because it is hard to pass here. We won here last year so we will put a plan together tonight to get the car up to the front where we belong."
"This is not the way we wanted to start this weekend," Riberas said. "Both Mario and I were happy with the car in practice and we felt we had a car that could fight for the pole. We wanted to keep the good momentum going from our win at Laguna Seca, but this kind of stuff can happen in racing. We're lucky this happened today and not tomorrow. Otherwise, it would be zero points for us. In the end, we've got to look at the big picture. We can still win the race from P11. It's not the end of the world. We'll stay positive and do the best we can tomorrow."
The Heart of Racing is coming off a GTD class win at Mazda Raceway Laguna and the team is the defending Chevrolet Sports Car Classic GTD class winner from a year ago.
"In practice one and two Mario and Alex were in the top five," Alex Job, team owner said. "With our win here last year we know we have a handle on the track. It was disappointing to lose the drive in the car as I knew Mario could have battled for the pole. We will get it fixed, prove it out in the warm-up in the morning and be ready to race at noon tomorrow."
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Chevrolet Sports Car Classic from Detroit will be televised on Fox Sports 1 starting at 12:30 p.m. ET, June 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.