TAVARES, Fla. - The Heart of Racing driversMario Farnbacher (Germany) and Alex Riberas (Spain) are heading to the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) for the penultimate round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship to run September 14-17.
Since the last race at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) IMSA has granted the Porsche 911 GT3R a larger air restrictor to 40mm. This should help Farnbacher and Riberas run the No. 23 The Heart of Racing Porsche down the long straights at the 20-turn 3.4-mile COTA circuit on Saturday. The duo are poised to have a podium run this weekend in Austin, Texas.
"COTA is a very modern track and it's comparable to the great European tracks with F1 standards," Farnbacher said. "The Porsche received a balance of performance adjustment since the last race at VIR, hopefully enough to compete at the front. The Esses are really fun to drive. It is a great rhythm section, if you mess-up the first turn, you automatically mess-up the others too. I love technical sections like this."
"I had my first ever Porsche Super Cup victory at COTA last year, so I have plenty of good memories from the Texas track," Riberas said. "It's definitely one of my favorite circuits and I can't wait to drive it with our Heart of Racing 911 GT3R. A bigger restrictor always helps on the straights and there's many of them at COTA, especially up that long ski hill that is the front straight. We were missing too much speed at VIR and I think it's the right decision for the upcoming rounds. I feel like we will now be able to fight with others on equal conditions."
"The BOP change should be a plus for us this weekend and going into the last race at Road Atlanta," Alex Job, team owner said. "Alex has some experience at COTA having won in the ultra-competitive Super Cup race there last year. The guys are ready to get back up on the podium, hopefully we can get them there on Saturday."
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship travels to the Circuit of the Americas for the Lone Star Le Mans weekend, September 14-17. The race will be broadcast on FOX Sports 2 starting at 1:30 p.m. ET. Qualifying can be followed on IMSA.TV and live timing and scoring can be viewed at IMSA.com.
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.