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Posted by: newsla on May 04, 2014 - 07:16 AM
Team Seattle-The Heart Of Racing To Start On Fifth Row At Laguna Seca

Team Seattle-The Heart of Racing will start tomorrow's running of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca from the fifth row.


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Team Seattle gave Mario Farnbacher (Ansbach, Germany) the honor of qualifying. Farnbacher turned his first laps ever at the 11-turn, 2.2-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit in this morning's practice. Taking the opportunity to get a few more laps in before the race tomorrow the young German turned a lap of 1:27.459 that will have him and teammate Ian James (Phoenix, Ariz.) starting from the fifth row in GTD in eleventh.

"Laguna Seca is a great circuit," Farnbacher said. "It is new for me, but I really like it. There hasn't been a lot of track time this weekend, but it is the same for everyone. I am happy with my qualifying effort. The race is two hours long and we will be able to make up positions quickly. I don't have a favorite part of the track yet, but I know that I don't like Turn Six."

James knows the team is strong on strategy and likes the way Farnbacher has gotten to grips with the track.

"First practice this morning we struggled with some unbalance in the car," James said. "The Alex Job guys did a lot of work between practice and qualifying and it looked like we are heading in the right direction. I got in for a few laps and it felt better. I think we have a good race set-up on the car now. We are starting in eleventh, but we have two hours and there will be a lot of strategy playing out in that time. Mario is doing an excellent job learning the track and he is already up to speed."

Alex Job, team owner, has the Team Seattle-Heart of Racing Porsche heading in the right direction.

"We threw a lot at young Mario this morning," Job said. "He didn't have the best car to learn the track, but I am proud of the way he qualified. If we would have had a full session he would have been easily in the top eight at least. The team made great progress on the handling for the last practice and qualifying. Maybe a few more changes to try for the warm-up. He and Ian will be a factor in tomorrow's race."

Team Seattle has produced an informational video on its Heart of Racing program. To view, please click on the link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWtG6RNJJkI&app=desktop We are accepting donations and pledges at teamseattle.com.

The TUDOR Championship next heads west to Monterey, Calif. May 3-4 for the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca race will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 starting at 1 p.m. ET.

This weekend's race will be unique as IMSA has adopted split races. The GTD and LMPC cars will race at 10 a.m. PT with the GTLM and Prototype cars running at 1 p.m., both running two hour events. The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will travel to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca May 3-4.

Founded in 1996, by Don and Donna Kitch, Team Seattle-The Heart of Racing is a group sports car road racing fans, drivers, and corporate partners making a difference in our community by combining two passions: A love of motorsports and a commitment to Seattle Children's Hospital and Pediatric Cardiac Health Care nationally. The team uses the promotion and exposure of the racing program to fund raise and increase awareness of the financial needs for quality pediatric medical care. Since inception, Team Seattle has generated over $5.5 million for their cause. Donations information can be found at www.theheartofracing.org or www.teamseattle.com.
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Alex Job Racing is one of the most successful teams in sports car racing with 70 wins (since 1995); including two Rolex 24 GT Class wins in 1999 and 2013. This record is supported by 48 pole positions and 106 podium finishes. The team has won five championships (GTC 2013, 2012, GT in 2004, 2003 and 2002) complimented by their two GT class wins at Le Mans. The team also boasts nine Sebring 12-hour wins.

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