Washington DC -- To those in the know, the best rivalry in the ALMS is not the Panoz Audi battle, but the battle between The Racer's Group and Alex Job Racing. Since winning the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in February, Kevin Buckler and his The Racer's Group, have been on a roll. The team won Le Mans, and recently took their first ALMS win at Mid Ohio. Throughout the season, Buckler and his team have taken the fight to the McKenna Alex Job Racing Porsche GT3-RSs.
Today it was the #23 Alex Job Racing Xybernaut McKenna Porsche 911 GT3 RS that notched its third GT win of the season by scoring a well-earned victory in front of a weekend crowd of 70,000 people at the first-ever Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington, D.C.
Sascha Maassen and Lucas Luhr, who are one-two in championship points after five events, took the lead at the halfway point of the race and held off a hard-charging #66 The Racer's Group Porsche to move comfortably ahead of their rivals in the year-end points chase. It was Porsche's 25th ALMS win (Audi is second with 19 wins).
Although Maassen had earned the pole position, this victory was not assured by any means as the #22 Alex Job Racing Porsche of Timo Bernhard and Jorg Bergmeister jumped into the lead at the start when Sascha had early transmissions woes.
The #66 The Racer's Group Porsche of Kevin Buckler/Brian Cunningham took the lead during yellow flag pit stops. It was then that Cunningham and Luhr started their battle for the race win.