American Le Mans Series Lotus Alex Job Racing Heading to Streets of Baltimore

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    TAVARES, FLA. (Aug. 28, 2012) - Lotus Alex Job Racing's (AJR) Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell are taking their Lotus Evora GT to the American Le Mans Series Baltimore Grand Prix presented by SRT to be run Aug. 31 - Sept. 1.
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    Coming off of a good run at Road America just ten days ago, the car finally went back to the team's headquarters in Florida after being on the road since Lime Rock in early July. The 2.02-mile, 12-turn temporary street circuit, although concrete lined and tight, may just be the circuit that levels the performance playing field for the Lotus Evora GT. Sweedler (Westport, Conn) ran at Baltimore last year and finished second in his AJR Porsche GTC car. For Bell (San Luis Obispo, Calif) it will be his first taste of the streets of Baltimore.
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    "Baltimore was one of the best races last year," Sweedler said. "The fans were totally into the race weekend and were out in huge numbers. It felt like a giant block party around the Inner Harbor! The circuit itself has a great layout, I can't wait to get the lotus GT out in practice. Considering all the improvements the team has made along with Yokohama's strong tire development, our Battery Tender and William Rast Lotus should be even faster. Since the start of this development season, we have improved our finishing position each and every race."
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    Bell will be running at Baltimore for the first time, but has heard good things about the circuit and the event.
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    "This will be another chapter in our science project, which is appropriate as school is starting for everyone," Bell said. "The track has an interesting layout, and the changes that the promoters have made should make overtaking a little easier. Patience is the key to running on street courses. Lots of things happen, and we can benefit from others over exuberance. This track rewards torque, but not all out horsepower, so I hope the GT front runners will be a little closer to our sights this weekend. I have heard nothing but great things about the Baltimore race being a great event with a lot of fans turning out for the races. I am looking forward to having a great weekend on the east coast and enjoying a rocking party at Angels Rock Bar Saturday night." *
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    Alex Job, team principal, is optimistic about the coming weekend.
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    "Having a second street course on the ALMS schedule is a good thing," Job said. "All of the work done in preparation for Long Beach can also be used again later in the season. Although we don't have a great deal of data from Long Beach, due to the rain we experienced there on practice day, we do have a starting point. Usually street courses help to equalize the field a little better. We will see if that is the case this weekend with the Lotus."**** *
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    The American Le Mans Series Baltimore Sports Car Challenge presented by SRT qualifying can be viewed live streaming on ESPN3.com Aug. 31 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. The race broadcast can be seen on ESPN3.com, Sept. 1 starting at 4:15 p.m. EDT with the race television broadcast being run on ABC on Sept. 2 starting at 12:00 p.m. EDT.
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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


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    Baltimore Sports Car Challenge presented by SRT




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