ELKHART LAKE, WIS. (Aug. 18, 2012) - Lotus Alex Job
Racing's (AJR) Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell finished
an encouraging seventh at today's running of the
American Le Mans Series Road America Road Race Showcase at
Elkhart Lake's Road America.
Road America is a daunting four-mile, 14 turn undulating
road course that takes a complete package to have a
successful weekend. Townsend Bell (San Luis Obispo,
Calif) and teammate Bill Sweedler (Westport, Conn) worked
diligently with the AJR team all weekend on high-speed down
force tweaks searching for increased grip. The tweaks
helped and created a confidence inspiring package for Bell
Bell started the No. 23 Alex Job Racing Lotus Evora GT and
was able to keep within shouting distance of the
ultra-competitive GT field. Handing over to Sweedler,
the Connecticut resident ran a strong stint gathering
valuable data for what lies ahead for the Evora GT.
"We met our goal here this weekend," Sweedler
said. "That was to come here and keep improving.
Greg Fordahl, our engineer, and the team made great
improvements on the aero. It showed in the
performance. We finished on the lead lap in seventh
with a shot at sixth. Townsend did fast stints.
Yokohama is working great with the team and improving right
along with us. That is a critical element. You
have to have great tires, and they are with us every step
of the way giving us what we need."
Bell is encouraged by the performance today.
"The little car that can is showing some spark,"
Bell said. "Our science experiment took another
step forward today. Greg and the guys continue to put
the AJR years of endurance GT racing knowledge to work,
fabbing parts on the fly and making them work. We had
a better balanced car this weekend and that allowed us to
keep within shouting distance of the GT field. We
will continue to keep our noses in the data and our hands
working to move this project forward."
Alex Job, team principal, keeps the team moving
"When you are in a development program like we are,
you have to take the little victories," Job
said. "Today I think we had one. We have a
car that ran flawlessly all weekend and raced very
respectably today. Townsend and Bill are providing
the feedback we need to keep working on specific items, and
that is what we are doing. Running against these top
manufacturers in the GT Class at the fastest track we visit
and finishing seventh is a small reward for the team that
has worked so hard on a new
The television broadcast of the Road America Road Race
Showcase will be shown Aug. 19 starting at 2:00 p.m. EST on
The team will travel to Baltimore for the Baltimore Grand
Prix presented by SRT, Aug. 31-1 through the streets of the
Inner Harbor and Camden Yards.
Alex Job Racing is one of the most successful teams in
sports car racing. The team's resume includes: ALMS GT
series championships in 2004, 2003, 2002; a record 22
consecutive ALMS GT pole positions; two-time 24-Hour of Le
Mans GT class winners; Eight 12-hour of Sebring wins
in 2012, 2010, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1999 and 1995.
The ALMS GT Class is production-based, moderately-modified
two-wheel drive race cars comprise the GT class - BMW M3,
Corvette C6.R, Ferrari F458 GT, Ford GT-R, Jaguar XKR GT,
Lotus Evora and Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. The GT cars share many
similarities to their showroom brands. With top speeds of
up to 180 mph, these elite GTs produce between 450-500
horsepower and have a minimum weight of 1,145 kilograms
(2,480 pounds). All GT race cars have green Leader
Light System race position lights and green car numbers.