JANUARY 24, 2015
Alex Job Racing (AJR) owner Alex Job, of Tavares, Florida, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence. The announcement was made during the traditional prelude to the Rolex 24 At Daytona – the Grand Marshal Dinner – which was held at the Daytona 500 Club on Friday, January 23, 2015. From a short-list of three successful team owners who competed in the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, a panel of motorsports professionals selected Job.
“The Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence is a prestigious acknowledgement, awarded to a team owner, or manager, who has demonstrated the qualities of integrity, passion for the sport of automobile racing and an infinite love of cars, all the traits which my father proudly wore on his sleeve,” said Harris Snodgrass in introducing Job as the winner.
“It means a lot to me to be able to give this award in my father’s name,” added Snodgrass. “He would be very pleased knowing that the award is based off his ethics… what he believed in, what he lived by and most importantly everything that he was about, his whole soul.”
Alex Job founded AJR in 1988, and retired from driving in 1992 in order to better focus on being the team’s manager and engine builder. In 1995 AJR started turning in what would become a long string of victories highlighted by two GT class wins at the Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona (1999, 2013) as well as 48 pole positions and 106 podium finishes. AJR jumped into the inaugural season of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) in 1999 full-bore with a two-car effort. Starting strong, it captured GT class honors in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, then built upon this success to win other major North American endurance events, including the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Petit Le Mans. In 2014, AJR competed with WeatherTech Racing Porsche and Team Seattle-Heart of Racing Porsche in the GTD Class for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
“I’m kind of lost for words,” said Job who was presented with a specially-engraved Rolex Stainless Steel and Platinum Yacht-Master timepiece by Stewart Wicht, President of Rolex Watch U.S.A. “This is an enormous honor. I’m a little emotional about it. I knew Bob fairly well and had great respect for Bob. We knew each other originally through the Porsche car business. Bob had integrity, he had the passion and he had the love for the sport, and it takes every one of those to be Bob Snodgrass and, quite frankly, to succeed in this business…He was an enormous mentor for this industry.”
Job went on to explain that Bob Snodgrass loved Rolexes, as does he. “My father, who is still alive, was a Rolex dealer. He is a Dutch born-and-raised master jeweler and was a Rolex dealer for many, many years. More so than a dealer, he was a technician that was repairing the Rolexes. I am an example of him and he is a lot like Bob Snodgrass and taught me a lot. So to be able to add another Rolex to the collection means a lot. Rolex stands for integrity, quality, and passion as well. There is no better marriage of Rolex and the sport and I am very happy to hear that it is going to continue for many more years. This is a major honor for me. We just celebrated our 25th year for AJR and in that timespan to achieve this award is extremely important to me.”
The Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence was created to recognize the team owner or team manager who has demonstrated the qualities of integrity, passion for the sport and the love of cars for which Bob Snodgrass was known during his life and career. The award – supported by Gorsline Company, the premier insurer of high-risk professionals – has been presented to Bob Stallings (2010), Joe Sahlen (2011), Peter Baron (2012) and John Stevenson (2013).
About Bob Snodgrass - Snodgrass, who passed away in 2007 at the age of 64, was president of Brumos Racing, and president and CEO of the Brumos auto dealerships in Jacksonville, Fla., where he lived for 35 years. As a team owner he had three Rolex 24 At Daytona wins (Brumos Racing has eight) and a total of 10 wins at Daytona. He was a driving force behind the formation of the Grand American Road Racing Association and the Daytona Prototype class. Born in Elmira, N.Y., he saw his first race at Watkins Glen, N.Y., and was hooked. Famous for his humor and wit and an accomplished vintage-car racer, Snodgrass (and Peter Gregg, who owned Brumos Porsche from 1965 until his death in 1980) was instrumental in Brumos' entry into motorsports.
About Rolex - Leading brand of the Swiss watch industry, Rolex, headquartered in Geneva, enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise the world over. Its Oyster watches, all certified as chronometers for their precision, are symbols of excellence, performance and prestige. Pioneer in the development of the wristwatch as early as 1905, the brand is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism introduced in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, exploration, the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring activities, as well as philanthropic programmes.
About Gorsline Company - The Gorsline Company, headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., pioneered the business of providing insurance for high-risk professionals. The company specializes in providing racing drivers and owners creative, custom designed insurance packages and estate planning strategies.
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