TAVARES, Fla. - Alex Job Racing drivers Bill Sweedler (Westport, Conn.), Townsend Bell (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) and Frankie Montecalvo (Highlands, N.J.) are ready for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring to run March 18.
The team is coming off of a successful IMSA test at Sebring four weeks ago that had them toward the top of the time sheet in the four test sessions. The team, under the direction of Alex Job, has won the central Florida classic ten times. The mid-engine Audi R8 LMS is an ideal package for the rough 3.5-mile, 17-turn track located 90 minutes south of Orlando.
"I was really happy to have the chance to do the Sebring test," Bell said. "We learned a lot about our new Audi there and feel we're in good shape to head back for the race. Alex is the captain of sports cars and he has guided the ship to ten wins at Sebring. We trust in the captain and if we simply follow his instructions, we should find paradise."
Montecalvo likes the team's chances this weekend.
"I always love racing at Sebring, it is really synonymous with sports car racing," Montecalvo said. "I can't say I love going back there every year, but I do like driving the race track. I was on the podium there in 2010 with Jon Bennett and Ryan Dalziel in LMPC. I think the Audi R8 LMS is great car for Sebring. At Daytona we had zero hiccups with the car. Sebring is very bumpy and takes a toll on the car, but Audi has built a great race car. We worked really hard on turns one and 17 at the test. The team has a winning history at Sebring and I think we will have a very competitive race car this weekend."
Sweedler and Bell won at Sebring in their first drive together back in 2012.
"Sebring holds a special place in my racing heart," Sweedler said. "Townsend and I won there our first time racing together five years ago and since then we have won a championship, the Rolex 24 and Le Mans. We had a very successful test four weeks ago and we have a good baseline on the Audi to start the weekend. I am confident with the expertise of Alex and the team so we can get a second win there on Saturday."
Team owner, Alex Job, is a part of Sebring history. Not only does he have ten wins his team was inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame last year.
"Sebring has always been one of the toughest events of the year," Job said. "We have been fortunate enough to win it ten times. Bill, Frankie and Townsend really put in a lot of laps at the test, so I feel really good about the race this year. There will be a big field and a lot of competition in GTD, but we know how to navigate that old track for 12 hours."
The IMSA WeatherTech Sport Car Championship Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will run March 15-18. The race will be televised on Fox Sports 1 starting at 12 p.m. and air the finish at 11 p.m.
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Alex Job Racing
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 ten Sebring 12-hour wins.
Audi of America
Audi began a new chapter in 2009 with the introduction of the Audi Sport customer racing program. For the first time, it was possible for motorsport customers to acquire a race car designed for the track. Since its inception, the success of the R8 LMS has been significant throughout GT3 racing series worldwide, with multiple victories in the Pirelli World Challenge since 2012. The all-new R8 LMS had strong endurance racing debuts, winning both the 2015 24 hours of Nürburgring and the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona, concluding the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech season with the Manufacturer's Championship in GTD. The Audi R8 LMS shares more than 50% of its parts with the Audi R8 street car including the naturally aspirated V10 5.2 liter engine, the Audi Space Frame and a variety of other components. Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. The Audi Group delivered over 1,800,000 vehicles to customers globally in 2015, and broke all-time company sales records for the 6th straight year in the U.S. Visit audiusa.com, audiusa.com/newsroom or audiusa.com/motorsport for more information regarding Audi vehicles and business topics.