LIME ROCK, Conn. - Mario Farnbacher (Germany) and Alex Riberas (Spain) will start the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park from the third row in GTD.
Farnbacher had the controls of the No. 23 The Heart of Racing Porsche for qualifying. The team missed half of the morning session when they were forced to change the alternator in the Porsche GT3 R. Undeterred the duo went onto post the fastest lap in practice two. In qualifying the heat, air temp of 95 degrees and track temp over 140, affected the handling of the No. 23 Porsche. Farnbacher turned a lap time of 53.538 good for sixth in the GTD class.
"Qualifying was disappointing," Farnbacher said. "We were fastest in free practice two. The car just developed understeer and I couldn't get through the last corner with the kind of speed I wanted to get down the straight. It will be just as hot tomorrow, so we will need to develop a plan for the race. I have faith in the team and the fact that Alex and I always perform in the race."
"It is my first time here," Riberas said. "I was able to learn the circuit quite fast. In three laps I was on pace in The Heart of Racing Porsche. It is much more narrow than it appears on the in car video I was studying. So far I felt really good in the car. I think the race is going to be tough. We have very high air temperatures expected for tomorrow. Tire life will be a struggle of everyone. If we can take care of the tires we will be in a good position to fight for the podium."
"We missed a few laps in the morning practice with a bad alternator," Alex Job, team owner, said. "The team did a good job to make a quick change and get the guys back out. In practice two we were at the head of the field. In qualifying we lost the balance of the car a little. We will take a look at the data and get a plan together for the race."
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park will be broadcast live on Fox starting from 3 p.m. tomorrow, July 23.
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.