DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Alex Job Racing drivers Bill Sweedler (Westport, Conn.), Townsend Bell (San Luis Obispo, Calif.), Frankie Montecalvo (Highlands, N.J.), and Pierre Kaffer (Germany) is currently 10th in the GTD class after 18 hours of the 55th IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Kaffer was behind the wheel of the No. 23 Audi LMS GT3 in the overnight hours, while a moderate, steady rain fell on the World Center of Racing. During his nearly three hour stint, he had fight changing track conditions, while trying to keep his tire temps up during multiple cautions before turning the car over to Bell.
"The conditions are really tricky out there," Kaffer said of his "The track conditions are always changing. It's really difficult to get the tires to work - to get some heat in the tires. It takes a lot of concentration to keep the car on the track. It's not easy with all of the cautions and the temperatures go down on the tires. It takes ages to get some temperature in the tires. It's interesting."
In the midst of a triple stint, Bell started the final six hours in 10th. He battled through ever-changing changing track conditions with mixed results. When the track was really wet, the No. 23 Audi did not seem to perform that well. But, when the track was in an intermediate state (wet and dry), the car was really strong. In fact, Bell ran some of the fastest GTD lap times under those conditions.
"Right now, it's really kind of fascinating," Bell said of his stint under changing track conditions. "Depending on the amount of moisture on the track, various cars are performing at radically different capabilities. When it's intermediate, we're really fast. When it's wet, we're not. And, that has to do with a number of variables, a lot of things that we can't change at this point. It's just kind of fun to see how it plays out. But, every time the skies open up, I'm like 'oh no.' Every time it starts to dry a just little bit or at least take the standing water or rooster tails away, then we can really chew up the guys in front of us. So hopefully, it dries out here and we'll be strong."
Race fans can catch all of the door-to-door racing action on FOX Sports 2 until to 1 p.m. today. Race coverage will then continue on FOX Sports 1 at 1 p.m. through the end of the race.
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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.