in 1988, Alex Job Racing (AJR) is considered one of the top
sports car competitors in the American Le Mans Series. AJR
is longest competing and most successful team in the ALMS.
team benefits from technology developed by Porsche Motorsport,
but the factory assisted team has also undertaken considerable
development work on its own.
story of the team's success began more than 30 years ago. Team
owner Alex Job spent 20 years in the retail automobile business,
primarily with Porsche, before pursuing racing as a full time
business. For Job, racing has always been a motivating factor;
in the 1970s, he raced part time while keeping his day job.
Job retired from racing in the late '70s,
but the separation didn't stick and he was drawn back to racing.
Job founded Alex Job Racing in 1988, with the goal of building a race program
that would evolve into a championship caliber team. The team was initially
run out of the two car garage at Alex and Holly's house. At the time, customer
cars were not available from Porsche, so Alex built the first two cars they
raced. In 1990, this goal came closer to becoming reality when the team began
racing full time. As a result Alex was able to attack racing with a renewed
focus. Alex Job Racing moved into their first commercial warehouse shop in
Soon the team's hard work began to turn into success. As a driver, Job had
a 2nd place finish at the 1990 Rolex 24 at Daytona as well as a 2nd place finish
at the 1991 12 Hours of Sebring. In 1992 he decided to retire from driving
duties recognizing that for the team to be a true success, he needed to pursue
roles as team manager and engine builder, in addition to his current ownership
Job's second retirement from driving began to pay off in 1995 when AJR began
to reap a number of successes. These included wins at the Sebring 12 Hours,
(Charlie Slater, Joe Cogbill and Bill Auberlen driving) and the New Orleans
IMSA finale (Bill Auberlen).
1996 would include a very interesting program, with a Fabcar
built, mid engine, 911 bodied and powered car. The car was driven
by Hurley Haywood and Tom Hessert and won at the Watkins Glenn
6 Hours. 1997 was the first year Alex Job Racing was involved
in the Team Seattle program. This was an association between
AJR and a group of Seattle business men, intended to help raise
money for the Children's Hospital of Seattle . Money was pledged
based on the performance of the cars in the race. The first year
only had one car involved. The program was continued in 1998
and 1999. The total amount raised during the program was approximately
a half a million dollars.
In 1998 AJR ran a full Professional Sports Car Racing season
with Darryl Havens and Cort Wagner driving. The season progressed
well, with podium finishes at Daytona, Sebring, Las Vegas, Lime
Rock, Mid Ohio and Mosport and wins at Watkins Glenn, the fall
Sebring race and Laguna Seca. The middle of the 1998 season is
when Alex Job Racing and Porsche Motorsports North America first
did business together. It is at this time that PMNA started to
build all of the engines for AJR. This relationship would flourish
during successive years. 1998 was the true turning point in the
history of AJR, as it is the first time the proper funding for
a two car team was brought into the equation, in the form of
sponsorship from Aerofab Aluminum and Darryl Havens. Alex, himself,
would win the PSCR Mechanic of the Year award.
AJR jumped into the inaugural season of the American Le Mans
Series in 1999 full-bore with a two-car effort. The year started
strong as the team captured GT class honors in the Rolex 24 at
Daytona. The team didn't stop there; they built upon this success
to win the other major North American endurance events including
the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Petit Le Mans.
The driver lineup for the 1999 season included: Cort Wagner,
Dirk Mueller, Darryl Havens and Mike Fitzgerald. Additional drivers
for certain races included Kelly Collins, Anthony Lazarro, Randy
Pobst and Sascha Maassen. AJR was the first US team to receive
the new 911 GT3-R, which they received after the Le Mans 24 Hours.
With both Cort Wagner and Dirk Mueller driving the new car, they
won three of the remaining five races (Portland, Petit Le Mans
and Las Vegas) and finished 2 nd in the other two (Sears Point
and Laguna Seca). Cort Wagner won the ALMS GT Class Drivers Championship,
as well as the Porsche Cup. AJR finished 2 nd in the teams championship.
Crew Chief Mike Evans would win the ALMS Mechanic of the Year
Award. This was also the first season McKenna, a Southern California
Porsche Dealership, appeared as a sponsor, on the car. This would
be the beginning of a long standing relationship between AJR
The 2000 ALMS season brought new competition for AJR, in the
form of the Porsche factory assisted Dick Barbour Racing. AJR
would run a Porsche 911 GT3-R with Randy Pobst and Bruno Lambert
driving. This season also brought in a new sponsor, Cranium.
Bruno and Randy won twice (Mosport and Texas ) and finished on
the podium 5 more times. Randy Pobst finished 2 nd in the ALMS
GT Class Drivers Championship (182 points), only 6 points behind
Champion Dirk Muller. Bruno Lambert would finish tied for fourth
with Bob Wollek (with 180 points) in the Drivers Championship.
2001 brought many changes for both AJR and the ALMS GT Class.
AJR gained factory support with the use of factory drivers: Lucas
Luhr, Sascha Maassen, Randy Pobst, Christian Menzel, Emanuel
Collard and Timo Bernhard. McKenna Porsche was back, this time
as a primary sponsor. 2001 is also the year when BMW came in
to the ALMS GT class in a big way, with the M3-V8GTR. There were
two factory backed teams, each running two cars: BMW Motorsport/Team
Schnitzer and Prototype Technology Group. AJR would finish 1-2
at the first three races ( Texas , Sebring and Donnington Park
) as well as gaining 5 subsequent podiums during the rest of
the season. AJR would finish 2 nd to BMW Motorsport for the ALMS
GT Team championship (194 points to 180 points), with its drivers
(Maassen/177 and Luhr/176) finishing 3 rd and 4 th to the BMW
Motorsport drivers (Muller/191 and Lehto/186) for the ALMS GT
2002 season would see continued support from Porsche, as well
as continuing primary support from McKenna Porsche, as well
as new sponsor Xybernaut Computers. Two drivers from 2001 would
return (Maassen and Luhr) and two new ones would join the team
full time (Timo Bernhard and Jorg Bergmeister). Marc Lieb would
be with the team at Sebring and Petit Le Mans. The team had
8 wins (Sebring, Sears Point , Road America , Washington DC
, Three Rivers , Laguna Seca, Miami and the Petit Le Mans)
as well as 7 other podiums. AJR also won the pole position
at 9 races as well as setting the fastest race lap at all 10
races. Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen would win the GT Class
Drivers Championship by 52 points, while the team would win
the GT Class Team Championship by 40 points and the IMSA Cup
by 48 points. AJR made a clean sweep of the awards when Crew
Chief Jeff Gamroth won the Mechanic of the Year award. This
was a great season, but could get better, as it did in.
2003 would see success not before experienced in any class of
ALMS competition. The driver lineup would be the same as in 2002,
with Romain Dumas joining the team at Petit Le Mans. AJR would
win every round of the ALMS season, except Road America . The
team would also win every pole position and set the fastest race
lap at each race. AJR ended the season with a record such as
this, all the while helping Porsche to develop the new sequential
gearbox, which is available in all of the 2004 911 GT3-RSR's.
Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen would win the ALMS GT Class Drivers
Championship by 60 points, over Timo Bernhard and Jorg Bergmeister,
who were a further 8 points ahead of Ralf Kelleners and Anthony
Lazarro, in a Ferrari 360 Modena. For the second year in a row,
an AJR crew chief would win the mechanic of the year award, though
this time it would be first year crew chief Phil Pierce, who
was previously the number one mechanic on the team. For the third
year in a row, McKenna Porsche would be the primary sponsor,
with mail2web.com joining on as a sponsor, for the first time. AJR also won the GT2 class at Le Mans with Petersen Motorsport.
American Le Mans Series GT team champions. Timo Bernhard GT
driver’s champion, seven wins at Sebring, Infineon,
Portland, Mosport, Road America, Road Atlanta and Laguna Seca.
Sixth team victory at Sebring. Eight pole qualifying positions
at Sebring, Mid-Ohio, Lime Rock, Infineon, Portland, Road America,
Road Atlanta and Laguna Seca. Thirteen team podiums. Three team
1 – 2 finishes at Sebring, Road Atlanta and Laguna Seca.
Drivers in 2004 included full time pilots Timo Bernhard, Jorg
Bergmeister, Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb. Sascah Maasen, Lucas
Luhr, and Wolf Henzler drove at Sebring and Petit Le Mans.
2005 AJR finished second in the ALMS GT2 championship boasting four wins at Mid Ohio, Lime
Rock, Infineon, and Portland; 13 top five finishes and won the GT2 class at Le Mans with
finished 5th in the ALMS GT2 Championship with the Team’s 50th race win at Houston. With the Team’s
first year in DP competition AJR also finished 5th in the Rolex
Grand Am Daytona Prototype Championship with wins at Homestead
and VIR plus a qualifying race win at Laguna Seca.
In 2007, AJR completed its second full season in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve. The team recorded one win (Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca), three top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.
In 2008 the Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team finished its third full season of Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 competition with two podiums, three top-five and seven top-10 finishes. German driver Dino Steiner finished second in IMSA Challenge Platinum Cup championship.
In 2009 competed in its second full season in the Patron GT3 IMSA Challenge with Mitch Pagerey. Finished 3rd in the Platinum Cup Championship which included a win at Mosport. Also competed in the PCA race series with Pat Kelly earning four wins and four track records.
In 2010 AJR returned to the American Le Mans Series with three GTC class Porsche Cup cars. Wins at Sebring 12 hours and Long Beach. Sebring win was the seventh for AJR. Finished 2nd in the GTC Team Championship. Crew Chief Ken Davison won the GTC Mechanic’s award. Bill Sweedler won the Founder’s Cup Drivers award. AJR also competed in its third full season in the Patron GT3 IMSA Challenge with Mike Schein. Finished 6th in the Platinum Cup Championship with a win at Mid Ohio.
In 2011 AJR ran in ALMS GTC class with Bill Sweedler, Leh Keen, Brian Wong, and Butch Leitzinger posting three second place finishes at Long Beach, Baltimore and Petit Le Mans. Team was on the GTC pole position for the Sebring Twelve Hours. Competed in IMSA Porsche Cup with Michael Schein, Cooper MacNeil and John Baker, winning at Montreal with MacNeil.
In 2012 AJR won the ALMS GTC championship with Cooper MacNeil and Leh Keen. Their list of wins includes Sebring, Lime Rock, Road America and Virginia International Raceway (VIR), complimented by four second-place finishes at Sebring, Long Beach, Mosport and Baltimore. AJR finished 7th in the ALMS GT competition with Lotus Evora and drivers Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler. The team also competed in Rolex 24 Hour At Daytona with two cars, the No. 23 car finished 17th and the No. 24 car was 14th.
2013 AJR will be competing in full season of ALMS GTC with Cooper MacNeil and Jeroen Bleekemolen as well as as full season in GT competition with Ferrari 458 GT and drivers Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler. Team competed in Rolex 24 Hour At Daytona with two cars, the No. 24 WeatherTech Racing Audi R8 finished 1st and the No. 23 WeatherTech Racing Porsche finished 6th.
1988: Prepping first car in Alex and Holly's garage
Mid engine FabCar Porsche, Mosport, 1996
Darryl Havens in the 1998 911 3.8 RSR at Laguna Seca,
Bruno Lambert at Sears Point, in the 911 GT3-R,
Lucas Luhr at the Petit Le Mans in the 2003 911
GT3-RS, October, 2003
Romain Dumas at Sebring in the 2004 911 GT3-RSR
Mike Rockenfeller in the Daytona Prototype at Infineon
Raceway in 2006