TAVARES, Fla. - The Heart of Racing driversMario Farnbacher (Germany) and Alex Riberas (Spain) are ready for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Continental Tire Road Race Showcase to run at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, August 5-7.
The long and undulating four-mile, 14-turn Road America circuit located an hour north of Milwaukee is a driver favorite. The Heart of Racing team comes into the weekend looking for lost points from a disappointing finish at Lime Rock Park two weeks ago. Farnbacher and Riberas are still very much in the GTD championship picture. The duo is third in the driver standings with 187, just 25 out of the top spot.
"Road America is one of my favorite tracks anywhere," Farnbacher said. "The new Porsche GT3R has more downforce than last year's car so it will be even more fun to drive this weekend. The BOP (balance of performance) at the moment is a big shame. We are, at the moment, the slowest car out there, especially down the straights. The only reason why we are in the front is the quality of our team and always giving 150% in the car, meanwhile the car is performing at 80%."
"I think Road America seems to be one of those race tracks where you feel the pure bliss of driving a Porsche 911 GT3R," Riberas said. "It has absolutely everything a great circuit needs, from extremely fast corners, to more technical areas and of course many long straights with several overtaking opportunities. I'm very much looking forward to it.
It reminds me a little of the Nürburgring Nordschleife. That's the longest track I have ever raced in Europe and I've heard Road America feels similar. I can't wait to find out."
"Mario and Alex are motivated to have a good weekend at Road America," Alex Job, team owner, said. "Everyone was disappointed about what happened at Lime Rock. Once again Alex will be learning a new circuit. I just hope we can stay close down those long Road America straights with the way the BOP is at the moment."
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Continental Tire Road Race Showcase will be broadcast live Sunday, August 28, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT. Practice and qualifying sessions can followed at IMSA.tv.
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.