Alex Job Racing (AJR) will start from the third row in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) presented by Tequila Patron Northeast Grand Prix GTC class to be run at Lime Rock Park tomorrow afternoon. Bill Sweedler and Butch Leitzinger are in the No. 23 Battery Tender/Robert Graham/William Rast/AJR/Porsche GTC.

The teams were subjected to changing weather patterns throughout practice as heat, humidity and rain ruled the day. Sports car veteran Leitzinger had the controls of the AJR Porsche for qualifying. The Rebersburg, Pennsylvania resident turned a lap of 55.587 and a speed of 95 mph around the 1.5-mile, seven-turn Lime Rock Park circuit that will see the team start fifth in GTC.

“The car was better than I am today,” Leitzinger said. “I am coming to grips with it again. I missed the last practice session before qualifying. I wish I could have experimented a little more. I wasn’t able to put a full lap together. I was putting individual turns together, but not all in a sequence. I need to look at the data and see what I can do and sleep on it for tomorrow. The car is great. The team is as well-oiled as when I drove from them at the beginning of last year. It is great to be back.

The two biggest things here are to keep away from other people’s anger and to get the pit stop right. Cars tend to spin off here from being overly aggressive. You have to be defensive, not passive, but not overly aggressive. Things happen so fast here the crew does not have time to digest things all the way. Quite often you can make calls and not realize everything that is happening.”

Sweedler, from nearby Westport, Connecticut, had limited practice time.

“Practice was good today,” Sweedler said. “We have a great car. We had limited time on the track today and there was no test yesterday. Butch has jumped back into the car from being out of a Porsche for a year. We are all good. It is going to be a hot, humid, bumping, and banging race tomorrow. I am cautiously optimistic that we will do well in the race.”

Team owner, Alex Job, had his team adjusting on the car to compensate for the changing conditions.

“We chased the weather and the track today,” Job said. “We needed to get Butch some quality laps as he has been out of a Porsche for over a year. We also needed to get Bill back into the swing from the layoff. With the rain we did not want to get too far ahead of ourselves, but we were able to qualify in the dry. The forecast for tomorrow is clear, so that will help. We are going to employ a fairly conservative strategy, keeping our competitors in sight and taking advantage of every yellow and every mistake our competition makes.”

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