Alex Job Racing (AJR) will return to the American Le Mans Series this year, fielding two cars in GT Challenge class with Butch Leitzinger headlining their driving quartet.

The experienced Porsche outfit will run a pair 911 GT3 Cup machines in the single make class that was added to the ALMS grid in the face of falling car counts last year.

The first entry, carrying AJR's familiar no.23 will be shared by experienced American Porsche drivers Bill Sweedler and Romeo Kapudija, the latter having spent 2009 in a Grand-Am GT class car sponsored by Battery Tender, a sponsor which, along with Tequila Patron will sponsor the car.

However, it is the second car where much of the attention will be as Leitzinger joins Juan Gonzalez in the no.81 car. Pennsylvania native Leitzinger drops down to the GTC class having driven for Dyson Racing in the prototype classes since 2001.

The third drivers for the season opener at Sebring will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We have assembled two strong cars and four great drivers to run for the GTC championship,” said team owner Alex Job. “We will be introducing three new sponsors along with our program for 2010. Battery Tender will be featured along with Patron tequila and Mission Foods.”

“GTC is sure to be the most competitive class on the track all year. The cars are identical and that leaves it to the driver and the team to be the difference. I am looking forward to kicking off the season at Sebring. It has been since 2006 since we have competed in the 12 hour[s of Sebring]. We are really looking forward to the third weekend in March.”

Job and his team have an enviable pedigree in the ALMS, having won three consecutive GT class titles from 2002 as well as two class victories at Le Mans.