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The Heart of Racing to Start Petit Le Mans in Third

heart-of-racingThe Heart of Racing team will start its 10-hour quest to win the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup (TPNAEC) at Road Atlanta tomorrow.

Drivers Mario Farnbacher (Germany), Alex Riberas (Spain) and Ian James (Phoenix, Ariz.) lead the TPNAEC by one point in the GTD Class. The 10-hour season ending Petit Le Mans race run at the 2.4-mile, 12-turn Road Atlanta circuit will be decided by 9:10 p.m. tomorrow evening.

In this afternoon’s qualifying session, Farnbacher had the wheel of the No. 23 The Heart of Racing Porsche GT3R. In a tight battle for pole position he laid down a fast lap on his third circuit of the undulating Road Atlanta circuit. For a moment he held the top spot until he was bested by Jeroen Bleekemolen in the Viper who posted a blistering lap of 1:21.305. The young German would come back on his sixth lap and post a time of 1:21.898 good for a third place starting position for tomorrow’s 11:10 a.m. start.

“Our goal is to win the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup,” Farnbacher said. “The team always gives us a good race car. We have been focused on the set-up of the car for the race, not so much for qualifying. We are starting at the front of the field which is good. I am looking forward to a competitive race tomorrow and our car coming out on top at 9 p.m.”

“The team has been working a lot on the car all weekend,” Riberas said. “We have used every available lap of free practice to make the car better. We have done our homework, we understand how the car behaves. We are sure we will have a good Porsche for the full 10-hours of the race tomorrow. The only unknown is to see how the track progresses tomorrow, but right now we are ready to compete for the win.”

“We always focus our efforts on the race set-up with the No. 23 The Heart of Racing Porsche,” James said. “The team and drivers has worked on the handling of the car, with a big effort on the set-up when night falls. We may have not had a great qualifying car, but we have a lot of confidence in our race car. We are going for the win tomorrow.”

“Mario, Alex and Ian have worked very hard with our engineers and crew on the race set-up all weekend,” Team Owner Alex Job said. “We really don’t have a qualifying set-up, we prefer to focus on the big prize. Although we are not in contention for the overall GTD championship we are very much in the picture to win the TNAEC and that is the goal.”

Source. Kyle Chura/Alex Job Racing


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