In 2012 Bell will embark on his most demanding year of racing since he stared karting in 1987. He will contest the American Le Mans Series GT Championship in the Lotus Alex Job Racing Evora GT. In addition, the Californian will run the Indy 500 as well as be a part of the NBC Sports Pit Reporting Crew for select IndyCar events. Bell started his association with Alex Job Racing at the 60th running of the 12-hours of Sebring this year and posted his first endurance series win in the GTC class behind the wheel of a Porsche. Prior to his first endurance victory, Bell was known for his open-wheel prowess. He finished fourth in the Indy 500 in 2009 and qualified a career-best fourth for the 2011 Indy 500. His initiation into the IndyCar (IRL) ranks was made by possible by Panther Racing, the factory Chevy team, in 2004. 2004 and 2003 Bell spent time in Europe as a test driver for Jaguar and BAR Honda F1 teams. While in Europe, he competed in the F3000 series and finished ninth in his rookie year on the strength of a podium finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Bell made his CART debut in 2001 driving for Patrick Racing and had a career-best finish of fourth at Portland in 2002. Bell added his name to a championship list that includes drivers Paul Tracy (1990), Bryan Herta (1993), the late Greg Moore (1995), Tony Kanaan (1997), Cristiano da Matta (1998) and Scott Dixon (2000) capturing the 2001 Indy Lights Championship with Dorricott Racing. The championship run was highlighted by six victories and eight poles in 12 events improving on his 2000 stats, when he scored two wins, two poles and finished second in the championship standings garnering Rookie of the Year honors. Prior to Indy Lights Bell honed his craft in the Barber Dodge Pro Series where he scored a win at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn., a pole at Portland International Raceway and scored eight top-tens while finishing third in the Barber Dodge Pro Series point standings. In 1998, competing in 12 Barber Dodge events, he had a top finish of third at the road course at Road Atlanta. In 1997, Bell finished fourth in the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Western Championships on the strength of two victories. Bell began his racing career in 1987 at age 12 and competed in regional and national go-kart events until 1992.
Sweedler continues his three-year relationship with Alex Job as he will contest the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) GT Championship as a part of the Lotus Alex Job Racing Evora GT team. Sweedler is part of the new wave of ALMS competitors moving up the ladder to the GT class. The Connecticut native started the 2012 season with a win at the 12 Hours of Sebring in the ALMS GTC class behind the wheel of an Alex Job Racing Porsche with co-driver Townsend Bell and Dion von Moltke. In 2011 Sweedler was able to focus his talents on the narrow street courses of Long Beach and Baltimore where he posted second-place finishes. In addition, a second-place trophy was won at Petit Le Mans, as well as adding a third-place finish at Lime Rock Park. Joining Alex Job Racing in 2010, Sweedler finished second at the 12 hours of Sebring and had podium finishes at Mosport, Long Beach and Mid-Ohio, along with taking home the season ending ALMS Founders Cup and Yokohama Rising Star trophies at seasons end. He got his first taste of International Motorsports Association (IMSA) competition in 2009 and 2008 racing in the IMSA GT3 Challenge Series with Orbit Racing, garnering several podium finishes. In 2007 Sweedler switched from racing powerboats professionally in the American Power Boat Association to the SCCA Pro Racing Playboy MX-5 Cup. A Skip Barber graduate at age of 24, Sweedler's racing endeavors took a back seat to his entrepreneurial pursuits until his mid-thirties.