For the second year in a row, Alex Job Racing has announced a departure from IMSA sports car racing.
This one, however, seems more permanent.
After 28 years of competition, the team announced on Wednesday that it will be ceasing all professional racing operations and will instead shift its focus toward historic car restoration and competition.
This comes after a partial-season IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship effort with an Audi R8 LMS and IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup run. The Audi program essentially revived AJR after it had decided to leave at the end of the 2016 season when WeatherTech left the team over gripes with the balance of performance regulations.
The Florida-based team has been one of the most successful sports car racing organizations of its tenure with over 70 victories, five championships and a record 10 class wins in the 12 Hours of Sebring. It also earned two class wins in the Rolex 24 and 24 Hours of Le Mans, respectively.
Alex Job Racing was inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame in March 2016.
„We have had a great run in professional racing,“ Alex Job said in a press release. „Together with my wife, Holly, we built a close-knit racing team from basically our garage at home. We went from running a Porsche 911 in SCCA enduro to winning the 12 hours of Sebring race 10 times as both a Porsche factory team and independent operation.
„A great lineup of drivers has driven our cars to wins at Le Mans and Daytona, all backed up by a great team of mechanics who really became our extended family over the years.“
Now it’s time for Job to focus fully on the restoration business.
„We have a few projects that are underway, and I have a dedicated staff of people who want to continue to rebuild the past,“ Job said. „I am proud of the restorations we have completed so far.
„It is rewarding to see the transformation of the cars when they arrive in our shop and we restore them, and then the reaction from the owner when we deliver them, fully restored and ready hit the track again.“