American Le Mans Series JDX Racing Makes Strong VIR Debut

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    Subtitle:
    Grabs a Bittersweet Fifth Podium of the Season


    Loveland, CO ”“ Following their roughing up in Baltimore two weeks earlier, the JDX team arrived ready to get back to form as they took to the challenging 3.27 mile full course layout at Virginia International Raceway - the first trip to VIR for both the ALMS and JDX Racing.* The team took advantage of a private test day, plus the usual official practice sessions to get drivers Chris Cumming and Michael Valiante plenty of track time prior to race day. .

    JDX Racing co-owner Harrison Brix ”“ “This is a real drivers track - so we knew the team would run strong here - as both Chris and Michael love the challenges that go with a fast and flowing, high commitment layout like VIR”.

    Chris started the 4 Hour race and had to act quickly entering turn-one as a prototype locked up, hit another car, causing multiple cars to make contact and partially blocking the track.* After completing the first turn entirely on the infield grass, Chris got back on track with no damage, though with a significant loss of time and distance to the leader in GTC.* Chris drove the first 70 minutes of the race and worked his way up to 2nd in GTC, turning the quickest laps of all GTC drivers, and clawing back a large portion of the early deficit.* A full course yellow just shy of 75 minutes played right into the JDX strategy, allowing for the first pit stop, and what would turn out to be the team’s only driver change. The remaining 2 hours and 40 minutes would end up running green all the way to the end.

    Michael took over for Chris and started chasing the Green Hornet and Alex Job cars, but early on in that stint the Green Hornet car made contact with a prototype and was damaged. They headed to the pits, but now the fight was coming from behind, as the NGT car was putting pressure on Michael.

    Michael Valiante explained, “That first stint was crazy - and quite frankly, we had not set the car up to be fast in the heat of the day, so I was really having to hang on. It was tough - but our focus throughout practice was on the final hour of the race, and making sure we would have car speed at the end when it really counted.”

    Following a routine pitstop for fuel and tires with 90 minutes remaining, the battle with Leh Keen in the Alex Job car was now a full-on fight - and with 68 minutes remaining in the race, Michael took the opportunity to pass the #22 car - a pass where the two cars were wheel-to-wheel for three corners! This pass was awarded the Battery Tender Hard Charger award for the race. “I saw an opportunity and went for it - and though Leh and I ran side-by-side for three corners, it was tough, but clean racing. I really enjoyed the fight.” said Michael.

    From there things should have been straight forward, but that was not the case.* There was one more pitstop needed to get the car home for the win, and the team brought Michael in with 50 minutes remaining in the race.* That final stop would require fuel and tires - but not a full tank of fuel, as the car will normally run 70 minutes on a tank - and any extra time to ”˜over fill’ the car would mean a loss of track position and maybe even the race win. The team cut it close, and at the end of the day, too close.

    “Our strategy was pretty clear; we were leading the GTC Class and had Michael pit for a splash of fuel and four fresh tires.* The crew did a great job, a flawless stop and got Michael back out maintaining P1”, said Brix. “However that splash proved to be just a little light, as we went to reserve with five minutes remaining in the race, which would prove to be one lap short of the checkered flag.* We had to pit again with just under a minute left in the race. It was heartbreaking for everyone, but we came here to win and from a strategy standpoint, we did what was right.* All I can say is we’ll be back stronger than ever at Petit.”

    The JDX Racing/Hertz #11 Porsche did manage a third place podium finish at the VIR 240, their fourth podium in five races. The team is headed home to Colorado for a few weeks and will be back on track at Road Atlanta for the final round of the 2012 Championship.

    The final race of the 2012 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequilla Patrón is Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda.* The 1,000 mile / 10-hour race from Road Atlanta is scheduled for 11:30 AM ET on Saturday, October 20th.* Full live coverage begins at 11:15 AM ET on ESPN3.com and ABC’s broadcast coverage begins on Sunday, October 21st at 1 PM* ET.
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    About JDX Racing:* Founded in 2008 and based outside of Denver, CO, JDX Racing represents the very best in professional motor sports. As part of the American Le Mans Series, JDX Racing competes in ten events throughout North America. JDX Racing is a single-car team featuring world-class drivers, outstanding crew members and progressive marketers from Champ Car, IndyCar, NASCAR, Trans-Am and the ChampCar Atlantic Championship series. For more information, please visit www.jdxracing.com. On Facebook at www.facebook.com/jdxracing. On Twitter @jdxracing.

    The Hertz Corporation, a subsidiary of Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HTZ), is the world's largest airport general use car rental brand, operating from approximately 8,500 locations in 150 countries worldwide. As of December 31, 2011, it operated a rental fleet of approximately 355,500 cars in the United States; and a combined rental fleet of approximately 174,800 cars internationally. The company was founded in 1918 and is headquartered in Park Ridge, New Jersey. For more information, please visit www.hertz.com



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    American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón VIR 240




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