American Le Mans Series Lotus Alex Job Racing Finishes in Top Ten at Baltimore

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    Baltimore, MD (Sept. 1, 2012) - Lotus Alex Job Racing's (AJR) Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell drove their No. 23 Lotus Alex Job Racing Evora GT to a tenth place finish in today's American Le Mans Series Baltimore Grand Prix presented by SRT.
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    Sweedler had the controls of the Lotus Evora for the start of the two-hour race this afternoon. Under overcast skies, 90-degree temperatures and near 100% humidity the car's handling and driver stamina was tested. As usually happens in closed course street racing, the first turn proved to be a challenge. Sweedler went in and was jostled on all four corners, but emerged pointed in the right direction with all parts attached, but a slight alignment problem. Handing over to Bell (San Luis Obispo, Calif.) on lap 27 the Californian took the streets of Baltimore that surround Camden Yards, home to the Orioles. Bell did a strong stint to keep the Evora on pace as he struggled with high engine temps that robbed the Evora GT of power and an ill handling car. *
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    "It was really hot out there today," Sweedler said. "It was really hot at the start. It was a slam, bam, bang them up first turn. That is really a one-car turn. There must have been 10 or 12 cars stuck in that corner. I think I got hit on every corner, front, sides and back. That affected the car's alignment, and we had to hold on to it all day. We had some new tires from Yokohama, and we are very happy with the upgrade from them. We are looking forward to our party tonight at Angels Rock Bar with Battery Tender, Schecter Guitars, William Rast and Jagermeister."
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    Bell inherited an ill handling car that was heating up.
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    "Bill really got banged around at the start," Bell said. "He came out of it pretty good, and we kept him out. When I got in the car, it was heating up, so under the cautions I was trying to get clean air into the radiator. We were pretty much in survival mode. Yokohama brought us some new rubber this weekend, and that is just one more step forward for this hard-working team and the Lotus Evora GT. We are looking forward to the party tonight and celebrating a good season with our sponsor partners."
    Alex Job, team principal, comes out of a tough street circuit with the car in-tact and another good finish.
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    "Bill had a tough start today," Job said. "He was able to keep his composure, asses the car and we decided to keep him out there and running. He had to adapt his driving style, but he did a good job.** Townsend got in and had to manage the engine temperature and tires to the end, but that worked out as well. We had some new-generation Yokohama Tires on the car this weekend, which will definitely help us in the future." *
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    The American Le Mans Series Baltimore Sports Car Challenge presented by SRT race broadcast can be seen on ABC on, tomorrow, Sept. 2 starting at 12:00 p.m. EDT.
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    The penultimate round of the American Le Mans Series will run, for the first time, at Virginia International Raceway Sept. 13-15.
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    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.
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    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.



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    Lotus Alex Job Racing


    Races:
    Baltimore Sports Car Challenge presented by SRT




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