Alex Job Racing has confirmed it will run two Porsche 911 GT Americas in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship’s GT Daytona (GTD) category in 2014.
One car will be run under the name of legendary endurance racing philanthropists Team Seattle. Started 16 years ago by Don Kitch Jr. the Team Seattle initiative aims to raise money for the Seattle Children’s Hospital by getting pledges for every lap the team completes.
“I am very happy to be returning with Don, Gabe [Newell, Steam owner and major team backer], Team Seattle and the Seattle Children’s Hospital,” team boss Alex Job said: “AJR helped them start their program 18-years ago. We fully expect to compete at the highest level in the newly formed series and do our best for Seattle Children’s Hospital. We have a strong driver line-up for this season-long program and I look forward to being a part of this strong effort.”
The TUSCC effort will be driven by former American Le Mans Series and Grand-Am racer Ian James, alongside ADAC GT and VLN veteran Mario Farnbacher.
Farnbacher said: “Alex and his team have a lot of racing and Porsche experience. His was one of the first teams in the ALMS and also one of the most successful.
“My brother [Dominik] drove with his team in one of his first ALMS races. I am so excited to get the ride for next year. It is a totally new series, so it will be really interesting for everybody. Ian and I will try to be on top of the championship podium at the end of the season.”
The second TUSCC car will see two familiar faces behind the wheel of the GT America – a derivative of the 991 Cup Car – as the 2012 GTC winning partnership of Leh Keen and Cooper MacNeil reform for an assault on the GTD category in 2014.
Raced under the now familiar WeaterTech banner, 2013 driver’s champion MacNeil is looking forward to The Future: “I’m really excited to be driving with Leh again. We get along really well and he’s a damn good driver. He helped me win my first championship in 2012 and we will try our best to do the same in 2014. At the same time, I’m upset to see Jeroen become my competition, because I really liked him driving with me, not against me. But I wish him the best with Viper.
“I’m excited to race in GTD because it will bring me back to my SCCA days. I have gotten used to the spec class in the Porsche, but cannot wait to see how it goes up against all of the other makes. I’m really excited to drive the new car and can’t wait to get the season started at the November test.”
The two car team will first run in anger at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona on January 25 & 26.