Spectators of the American Le Mans Series should be prepared to witness the classic black and gold colors of Lotus F1 following the announcement that Lotus Motorsports and Alex Job Racing have joined forces for the 2012 GT series.
The new team will be known as Lotus Alex Job Racing (AJR) and the factory-endorsed team will focus its efforts in North America, campaigning a 2012 Lotus Evora GTE at the Toyota Long Beach Grand Prix on April 14.
Alex Job has confirmed that IndyCar driver Townsend Bell will join the team, partnering with two-time ALMS Founders Cup winner and AJR driver Bill Sweedler. "We’re delighted to welcome Townsend to the Lotus AJR family," Job said. "Townsend comes from a distinguished career in IndyCar and open-wheel racing in the US and Europe.
Bell's career boasts an Indy Lights Championship in 2001, and Rookie of the year in 2000. He finished fourth in the 2009 Indy 500 and was the first American to have a podium finish in the FIA Formula 3000 Series.
"Having the chance to represent such a great brand like Lotus is simply awesome," Bell said. "The fact I get to work with one of the best teams in sports car racing is icing on the cake."
Scott Atherton from ALMS also welcomed the new GT entry: "This is doubly good news for the American Le Mans Series. It's a pleasure to welcome the Lotus brand and their spectacular Evora to the most competitive GT class of racing in the world. But to have this factory-backed effort spearheaded by Alex Job – one of the most successful team owners in ALMS history – assures that this truly will be yet another championship-caliber entry to the GT class. I know that fans at each of our events will be enthralled when the AJR Lotus, complete with its iconic livery, hits the track."
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; Seven 12-hour of Sebring wins in 2010, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1999 and 1995.