TAVARES, Fla. - The Heart of Racing drivers Mario Farnbacher and Ian James are ready to take on the long natural terrain road course at Road America for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Continental Tire Road Race Show Case, Aug.7-9.
James (Phoenix) and Farnbacher (Germany) are fifth in GTD points, just 13 out of the lead with four races remaining. The four-mile, 14-turn Road America circuit is a welcome venue for the Heart of Racing duo. Often a track that drivers rank at the top of their list, Farnbcher and James are no exception. The long track can be tricky for race set-up, but the Alex Job Racing team has all of the tools to be successful this weekend.
"Every part of this long circuit is important," Farnbacher said. "The track has long straights where we will need to maximize the power of our Heart of Racing Porsche. Road America is one of my favorite tracks in North America. It is fast and challenging and I love it. We will need to set-up our Heart of Racing Porsche for the fast corners, but we will also need downforce and great handling. There is a compromise for sure. Our team will work hard to manage those compromises in our favor."
James mirrors Farnbacher thoughts on Road America being four miles of comprise.
"Road America is a great circuit and one that everyone likes to drive," James said. "The track is a compromise with long straights and high speed corners. Typically the track requires a higher downforce level that you would expect. Get the car right and my favorite section, the run through the Carousel and into the Kink, is a joy to drive. For our Porsche, it seems to really like the long straigths, but we tend to struggle a little in braking zones, thus the compromise."
Team owner, Alex Job, like the challenge of Road America.
"It's always the discussion at Road America of downforce versus all our speed," Job said. "The team that finds that fine point to maximize both will stand on top of the podium this weekend. We have a lot of speed down the straight, but we tend to lose some ground to the higher downforce GT3 cars in the high-speed sections. We will focus on our strengths and see what happens."
The Continental Tire Road Race Showcase from Road America will be televised live on Sunday starting at 3:00 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1. Qualifying can be viewed live at 4:35 p.m. on Saturday at IMSA.com.