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Team Seattle-The Heart of Racing finishes second in GTD at Belle Isle
Posted by: newsla on Jun 01, 2014 - 06:33 AM
Team Seattle-The Heart of Racing finishes second in GTD at Belle Isle

Team Seattle-The Heart of Racing finished second in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Belle Isle Grand Prix today.


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Ian James, (Phoenix, Ariz.) started eighth in the No. 23 Team Seattle Porsche 911 GT and was up to fifth within the first 10 laps of the 57-lap race. Today's race was only one hour and 45 minutes - an hour shorter than a typical TUDOR race. With that in mind, James made the team's only pit stop on lap 24 under yellow. That's when the team put on four tires and teammate Mario Farnbacher (Ansbach, Germany) took control of the No. 23 Alex Job Racing prepared Porsche.

"It is really great to finish second and it is a true testament to this team," James said. "We were the last to leave the track last night. The guys were practicing pit stops, which really paid off. Our one pit stop was fantastic and put us in a position to compete for the lead. We are here to win and we are getting closer. Mario did a great job in the car. When [Spencer] Pumpelly (No. 45 Audi) went wide to make a pass for the lead, and got into the dirty part of the track, Mario was there to pounce. Great job by the whole team that Gabe Newell, Don Kitch Jr. and Alex Job have put together."

Farnbacher was third when the race went green on lap 27 and he moved up to second by lap 36. During that nine-lap stretch, Farnbacher was under pressure from the No. 45 Audi, which got around him on lap 30. Riding in third with more than three minutes remaining in the race, Farnbacher capitalized on a mistake by the No. 45 Audi and moved up to second, which is where he finished.

"It was a crazy race," Farnbacher said. "We had a great pit stop. The Alex Job guys really helped us get to the front today. The caution period was long. Pumpelly is very quick and he is always challenging to race against. He got by me and then I kept pushing because the field was tight after the caution. With the different cars in GTD, they are faster at different points on the track. I was able to get by Pumpelly when he made a slight mistake for second position. I tried to catch the Ferrari at the end for the win, but came up just a little short. Second position is a good finish for us today."

Alex Job, team owner, had the practiced team set-up for success.

"We put in a little extra time practicing pit stops last night and it paid off," Job said. "Ian had a good starting stint, improving three positions in ten laps. We came in for our pit stop and the crew made up a couple of positions which put Mario in sight of the lead. He was racing hard with Pumpelly in the Audi and was able to take advantage of a mistake and put is a position to battle for the win. A great day for Gabe Newell, Don Kitch Jr. and this new team."

The TUDOR Championship next heads to New York June 27-29 for the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International.

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