Mario Farnbacher (Germany) and Alex Riberas (Spain) will start 11th in the No. 23 The Heart of Racing Porsche for Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park.
Farnbacher was behind the wheel of the Alex Job Racing-prepared The Heart of Racing Porsche for the 15 minute GTD qualifying session. On his third lap of the session, he came out of Turn 10 and lost drive to the car. Farnbacher’s fastest lap was a 1:33.200 around the 2.3-mile, 14-turn street course.
“I drove out of Turn 10 and all of a sudden I lost drive,” Farnbacher said following a disappointing qualifying session. “I think it’s a driveshaft. At this race, qualifying is really important because it is hard to pass here. We won here last year so we will put a plan together tonight to get the car up to the front where we belong.”
“This is not the way we wanted to start this weekend,” Riberas said. “Both Mario and I were happy with the car in practice and we felt we had a car that could fight for the pole. We wanted to keep the good momentum going from our win at Laguna Seca, but this kind of stuff can happen in racing. We’re lucky this happened today and not tomorrow. Otherwise, it would be zero points for us. In the end, we’ve got to look at the big picture. We can still win the race from P11. It’s not the end of the world. We’ll stay positive and do the best we can tomorrow.”
The Heart of Racing is coming off a GTD class win at Mazda Raceway Laguna and the team is the defending Chevrolet Sports Car Classic GTD class winner from a year ago.
“In practice one and two Mario and Alex were in the top five,” Alex Job, team owner said. “With our win here last year we know we have a handle on the track. It was disappointing to lose the drive in the car as I knew Mario could have battled for the pole. We will get it fixed, prove it out in the warm-up in the morning and be ready to race at noon tomorrow.”
Source. Kyle Chura/Alex Job Racing