LOS ANGELES – Scuderia Corsa will field a second entry during the IMSA North American Endurance Cup, with Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell joined by team newcomer Frankie Montecalvo, as well as Sam Bird for the 24 Hours at Daytona.
In addition to the full season No. 63, Scuderia Corsa will campaign the No. 64 488 GT3, with Sweedler and Bell reuniting with the team’s IMSA program for the first time since winning the series championship in 2015.
Since that time, the relationship has remained strong, with the groups competing in the last three editions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans together, including a class victory in 2016.
While new to the team, Montecalvo is no stranger to sports car success, running in a number of series’ over the years, which included Montecalvo winning the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge GTA championship. Bird will return to the team for a one-off appearance at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, where he led for much of the race last year.
For team owner Giacomo Mattioli, the addition of such a strong second entry is a welcome one.
“The return of Townsend and Bill to our organization is a testament to the quality of our relationship, and the addition of Frankie Montecalvo should be a great contribution,” stated Mattioli. “Combined with Sam Bird for Daytona and all of our resources, we’re very confident in a great showing and fighting for the best results possible.”
For Sweedler, a chance to return to the team that has brought him some of his greatest successes is one he always looks forward to.
“I’m thrilled to be back with Scuderia Corsa, Ferrari, and my teammates from last year for the NAEC championship,” said Sweedler. “We have had great success over the years with Giacomo and I look forward to renewing our combined competitive drive and spirit to win again. Scuderia Corsa has become a world class team and I am honored to be back. Forza Ferrari 2018!”
Bell shared a similar sentiment.
“It almost goes without saying that Scuderia Corsa is one of the best teams in the business,” said Bell. “Our IMSA championship, our Le Mans victory, are all directly attributed to their program, and we hope to repeat the same success this year. It’s the most competitive era in the history of IMSA, but we’re confident we can be right in the mix.”
For Montecalvo, joining the team for the first time is an opportunity he relishes.
“I could not be happier to run with Bill and Townsend again this year,” stated Montecalvo. “With the addition of Scuderia Corsa, the entire package is even better. I believe that together we will be a very competitive team. I am very much looking forward to racing the entire NAEC.”
CREDIT: Scuderia Corsa