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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 29, 2017) - Alex Job Racing drivers Bill Sweedler (Westport, Conn.), Townsend Bell (San Luis Obispo, Calif.), Frankie Montecalvo (Highlands, N.J.), and Pierre Kaffer (Germany) have the No. 23 Alex Job Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 running 13th in the GTD class at the halfway point of the 55th IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship Rolex 24 At Daytona.

The team was served a stop and hold for four minutes for improper wave-by procedure with Bell at the wheel just after the six-hour mark. The team was having radio trouble with arrival cold and rain.

"It is the worst," Bell said. "Our radio is challenged right now so it is hard to communicate. I got the call to do the pass around. As a driver I do as I am told and I went around. We got it wrong somehow. That is a brutal penalty in this race. We can try to be clever to get back in, but we have work to do. We went down a lap early and were able to get the lap back and race into third and here we are again. Really tough."

"It's just the perfect conditions for not rains, not slick tires, it's right in between," Sweedler said. "You get one stint out of the rain tires. It is midnight and we are two laps down. We have to try and make up some time so we can be in contention when the sun comes up with still six-hours to go in the race."

Race fans can catch all of the door-to-door racing action FOX Sports 2 until 10 p.m. (ET) and then again from 11 p.m. (ET) to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. Race coverage will continues on FOX Sports 1 at 1 p.m. through the end of the race.
This season, race fans can following Alex Job Racing on Instagram @alexjobracing.

Race fans can catch all of the door-to-door racing action FOX Sports 2 until 10 p.m. (ET) and then again from 11 p.m. (ET) to 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. Race coverage will continues on FOX Sports 1 at 1 p.m. through the end of the race.

This season, race fans can following Alex Job Racing on Instagram @alexjobracing.

Alex Job Racing
Alex Job Racing is one of the most successful teams in sports car racing with 70 wins (since 1995); including two Rolex 24 GT Class wins in 1999 and 2013. This record is supported by 48 pole positions and 106 podium finishes. The team has won five championships (GTC 2013, 2012, GT in 2004, 2003 and 2002) complimented by their two GT class wins at Le Mans. The team also boasts ten Sebring 12-hour wins.

Audi of America
Audi began a new chapter in 2009 with the introduction of the Audi Sport customer racing program. For the first time, it was possible for motorsport customers to acquire a race car designed for the track. Since its inception, the success of the R8 LMS has been significant throughout GT3 racing series worldwide, with multiple victories in the Pirelli World Challenge since 2012.  The all-new R8 LMS had strong endurance racing debuts, winning both the 2015 24 hours of Nürburgring and the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona, concluding the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech season with the Manufacturer's Championship in GTD. The Audi R8 LMS shares more than 50% of its parts with the Audi R8 street car including the naturally aspirated V10 5.2 liter engine, the Audi Space Frame and a variety of other components. Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. The Audi Group delivered over 1,800,000 vehicles to customers globally in 2015, and broke all-time company sales records for the 6th straight year in the U.S. Visit audiusa.com, audiusa.com/newsroom or  audiusa.com/motorsport for more information regarding Audi vehicles and business topics.

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