Alex Job Racing (AJR) drivers Bill Sweedler (Westport, Conn.), Townsend Bell (San Luis Obispo, Calif.), Frankie Montecalvo (Highlands, N.J.), and Pierre Kaffer (Germany) are ready to put No. 23 Audi R8 LMS to work for a full day at this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech Championship Rolex 24 Hour At Daytona International Speedway..
The 55th running of the Daytona classic has the team from nearby Tavares excited for their 23rd involvement in the twice-around-the-clock race. The team has won the race twice (1999 with Porsche and 2013 with an Audi R8) and was leading up until 90 minutes last year. They know anything can happen and will with 27 cars entered in the ultra-competitive GTD class this year. Coming off a successful Roar Before the 24 test where they were a fixture in the top five, they hope to turn that performance into win on Sunday afternoon with their all-new Audi R8.
“I am really excited to find out how the Audi R8 stands up to the 26 other cars in the GTD field at Daytona this weekend,” Bell said. “I know we have a very good race car with the Audi R8. How good the others will be won’t be revealed until the sun comes up on Sunday. It’s always a shock to the system to come out of the gate with the longest event and then everything else is a breeze the rest of the season so I am doing my usual round of training: cycling, kayak, running, CXC simulator. The challenge Saturday to Sunday for me is sleeping when you’re supposed to sleep. My mind is still racing and I never can really shut down when I need to.”
“I think the Audi R8 is an incredible GT3 platform,” Montecalvo said. “The performance from AJR at the Roar test just shows how competitive we should be this weekend at the 24. In preparation for Daytona, I have been studying video and data gathered from the test to learn as much as possible. I also plan on some karting prior to the race. For Daytona I plan on just giving it my all for the team. They will have the car prepared and they have a lot of endurance experience. I’ve learned you can just do your best and that’s all that matters.”
“I am ready to go for my second 24 hour win and the team’s third this weekend at Daytona,” Sweedler said. “It was a great feeling to leave the Roar test with everyone really in sync with the car and each other. Frankie and Pierre blended in perfectly with myself and Townsend and the AJR team. The lap times are great for all four drivers and we are ready to take on 24 hours of racing this weekend.”
“GTD this year is very strong,” Kaffer said. “With Alex Job, I’m with a very good team and together with my great teammates I am sure we will have the pace. I know I can count on our Audi R8 to be reliable and fast. That’s what we need in a 24 hour race like Daytona. I am looking forward to a hard fought 24 hours of racing.”
“We have put in the work in the shop on the Audi R8 LMS,” Alex Job, team owner, said. “There has been shuffling of the B.O.P. since the Roar, so we will have to see what practice and qualifying brings to see where the giant 27-car GTD field lines up for Saturday. I think strategy this year more than ever will play a huge role especially going into Sunday morning with driver rotations.”
Source. Kyle Chura/Alex Job Racing