LAKEVILLE, Ct., - Alex Job Racing drivers Bill Sweedler (Westport, Conn.) and Townsend Bell (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) drove to an eighth place finish in today's running of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park.
After a tough day of practice and qualifying yesterday the team and drivers came together and put in a solid run to come home in eighth. Sweedler had the wheel of the silver Audi R8 LMS at the start and turned the car over to Bell toward the front. Bell rejoined the race as the pit stops cycled through in ninth. Just under two-hours into the race, Bell had to serve a drive-thru penalty for contact on the track. He rejoined and was able to make a couple of moves in the last half-hour, keeping the car under him for the eighth place at the checker.
"It wasn't as hot as it was in practice and qualifying yesterday," Sweedler said. "I had a pretty good stint with no real drama. It is tight racing around this short track and you have to pay attention every second. I turned the car over to Townsend in good shape and he put in a competitive run. The team did a good job to make some adjustments to the car for the race and they performed flawlessly in the pits."
"It is unbelievable that this race went without a single full-course caution," Bell said. "That makes it tough on the tires. Since most of the time you are in a turn here at Lime Rock it really makes the back half of a tire run a real handful. I was able to make a couple of moves in the last 20-minutes to move us up the finishing order, so a good day."
"Bill and Townsend put in good drives today," Alex Job, team owner said. "The guys were able to get the car handling better and Bill put in a very solid first stint. Townsend had to hang on to the car in the latter phases of his runs and unfortunately had some contact which cost us track position. He was able to make some of that up in the last quarter of the race, but eighth is pretty good here today in a very fast and furious race at this short Lime Rock circuit."
The team is scheduled to run the final race on the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship calendar at Road Atlanta's Petit Le Man, Oct. 4-7.
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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.