ELHART LAKE, Wis. - The Heart of Racing driversMario Farnbacher (Germany) and Alex Riberas (Spain) finished 12th in GTD in today's IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Continental Tire Road Race Showcase run at Road America.
Starting from pole position on the GTD grid, Riberas was able to lead the race right up to the handoff to teammate Farnbacher. The young German returned to the fray and then had to come back into the pits six laps later so the team could fix a brake pedal issue. When exiting the pit lane, the IMSA officials reported that he did not stop as there was a red light at pit exit. This resulted in a penalty relegating the team back in the field for a 12th place finish.
"The result is disappointing for us," Riberas said. "We started the week not so great. The team turned it around and we were able to get the pole position in qualifying. We led the first segment of the race. Everything was looking good, we got the penalty and that really hurt us. We will fight another day. We are now focused on the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Championship."
"Alex did a good job at the start of the race," Farnbacher said. "He was able to lead the race. He handed off to me and then something happened with the brake pedal and we had to pit early. Then we got the penalty, which I am not sure about and that pretty much was our race. A tough day. But this team will come back strong at Virginia International Raceway in three weeks."
"Alex had a good start to the race leading 24 laps," Alex Job, team owner, said. "Mario then had an issue with the brake pedal that caused an out of sequence pit stop and then the penalty when leaving the pits. This track is so long track position is everything. That kind of mistake really hurts."
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will travel to Virginia International Raceway for the Michelin GT Challenge to run August 26-28.
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.