Tuesday, March 21, 2017 – Highlands, NJ – After 12 hours of racing on the grueling circuit that is Sebring International Raceway, the Alex Job Racing team finished P15 in class on Saturday’s 65th Running of the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring. Although Frankie Montecalvo and teammates Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler showed well in the four practice sessions leading up to the race, the No. 23 struggled to stay on the pace during the highly taxing 12 Hours of Sebring.
“Our race did not go as planned. There were highs and lows throughout the day, but going into the morning warm up on Saturday we knew the car wasn’t ideal just from the lap times we were putting down,” explained Montecalvo.
“We made some changes for the race hoping it would be better, but we still didn’t have it quite the way we wanted it. Even in the first couple of pit stops we made some anti-roll bar changes trying to get the car to be settled, but we couldn’t quite figure it out.”
Montecalvo, Bell and Sweedler fought their way into the top ten during the afternoon, but the harsh bumps and hot temperatures took their toll on the car and they eventually slid back to P15.
“We tried to take it as best as we could and go forward, but in the end, it was a very hard 12 hour race to run that far off the pace. Even though it wasn’t our best race, we were still able to finish, which is impressive in itself. Hats off to the Alex Job Racing team for pushing forward and trying everything they could to get the car back on pace.”
Montecalvo, along with teammates Bell and Sweedler, will return to the track for the third round of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup at Watkins Glen in July.
“I’m looking forward to the next race with the Alex Job Racing team. I have no doubt that they will be able to get the car back on pace and ready to go for the 6 Hours at Watkins Glen. I really enjoy running at the Glen and am looking forward to running the Audi R8 LMS there this summer.”
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