Sweedler, Bell Add Lime Rock to AJR Audi GTD Effort

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

Alex Job Racing is set for an additional race with its Audi R8 LMS, with Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell set to take part in the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park later this month.

Sweedler confirmed to Sportscar365 they will enter the GT Daytona class contender in the GT-only round on July 21-22, adding to their Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup program with the Florida-based team.

“It’s a home race, I live in Connecticut and have a lot of friends and family there,” Sweedler told Sportscar365.

“Strangely, Lime Rock is not a place we’ve actually podiumed and done well. I think I podiumed back in 2009. We’d like to do well for the home town.”

The 2015 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship-winning pairing have had an up-and-down year, having scored a sixth place class finish at Daytona, followed up by issues at Sebring and 14th in last weekend’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, alongside Frankie Montecalvo.

“Frankie, Townsend and I haven’t done well but as a team we’ve really gelled well.”

Sweedler said there’s been preliminary discussions to potentially also contest the GT-only round at Virginia International Raceway next month, although a decision has not yet been made.

5 Comments

  1. seth

    July 6, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Awesome!

  2. jason

    July 6, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Great stuff. I was hoping that the all GT races would entice a couple more entrants who would be attracted of getting to run a race without prototypes to worry about. Maybe that will be the case.

    Also I hope IMSA will consider more all GT races in 2018, especially with the prospects of the DPI grid increasing being pretty darn good.

  3. Matt

    July 6, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    Not sure who was in the car at the end of the 6 Hours, but they were slow af

    • Stapled

      July 6, 2017 at 10:40 pm

      Looks to have been Sweedler. They were laps down already from flat left rear tire, like so many others.

      Probably realized there was no point in pushing it being pretty much dead last in class….?

  4. David Chaste

    July 6, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Alex Job racing no longer have the status they used to have. They used to field factory backed programs and now they can barely get a full time customer. Other teams probably have newer facilities and infrastructures. Or their could be other reasons.

    But it works well for Bill Sweedler since he has already achieved everything he has wanted. So now he really just races for the sport of it.

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