Alex Job Racing will return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell in an Audi R8 LMS. Frankie Montecalvo joined the duo with the team planning on a full Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup season in the GT Daytona Class. Pierre Kaffer will join the team for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Sweedler returns to the team after competing with AJR from 2010 to 2013. He first teamed up with Bell in the 2012 Twelve Hours of Sebring, a scenario that earned him his first IMSA career win. The duo have seen much success in recent years, which includes a Rolex 24 win and GTD NAEC championship in 2014, GTD drivers’ championship in 2015 and a class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans earlier this year.
“It is nice to come full circle and be back with Alex Job for 2017,” Sweedler said. “I won my first big race with AJR at Sebring five years ago, so it is nice to be back in the family. The Audi R8 LMS is a great endurance package. Frankie is a welcome addition with a lot experience and speed. Townsend and I have had a lot of success in the longer races over the past four years and we are looking to continue winning with AJR, Audi and Frankie.”
Montecalvo makes the switch from Pirelli World Challenge, where he earned the GTA driver’s championship in 2015. He captured seven podiums and two wins last year before pulling out of the championship due to a disagreement with Dime Racing.
“This has been a very nice surprise for us,” Job said. “I was looking at giving everyone the holiday week off and now we are working overtime. We have an all-new car in transit from Brad Kettler’s (director of operations-engineering at Audi Sport customer racing USA) shop up in Ohio to begin prepping for the Roar weekend. What makes it even nicer is being back with seasoned veterans Bill and Townsend. They have built a very impressive trophy case over the past few years and we hope to add to that this year. We have been talking to Frankie for a few months and it is great that we can have him as a part of this program. He is fast, knows the circuits and has a strong endurance background. Being back with Audi is a bonus. We are one-for-one with wins with the Audi brand. I am excited for 2017!”
The team will make their competition debut at the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona on Saturday, January 28.