As RACER revealed last week, Rolex 24 at Daytona class winners Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler had a plan in place when their Level 5 Motorsports team pulled the plug on its TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GTD program, and the pair are now ready to move forward with a Ferrari F458 entered by Aim Autosport (pictured in last year’s Grand-Am Rolex Series, TOP).
The duo will complete the rest of the TUDOR Championship calendar under the care of the Canadian team starting at next week’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
“The last two plus with Bill has been nothing short of amazing, on the track and off the track,” Bell told RACER. “We have a great relationship; he’s a great teammate, and easily the fastest pure silver-rated driver in our sport. If you filter through and remove the drivers who make a living in our sport, he’s easily the fastest guy. He has a really low performance-to-mistake ratio, we have a hell of a lot of fun working together, and I’m glad we’ll get to keep racing this year with Aim after getting off to a great start with Level 5.”
Bell says he’s also looking forward to continuing the relationship he started with Aim co-owner Ian Willis at the Rolex 24.
“We’re incredibly fortunate Aim Autosport has a fully functioning race team and program that was dealing with their own unexpected circumstances, plus the fact that Ian Willis was our race engineer at Daytona as seemed from Level 5 to Aim as seamless as I could imagine,” Bell added.
In addition to his full season of sports car racing, Bell’s annual run at the Indy 500 has become a tradition. He’ll also continue his role as an IndyCar analyst for the NBC Sports Network.
“I’m also working through my options for the Indy 500; I’m working hard there and have my IndyCar commentary schedule this year which I’m really enjoying,” he said. “Things are good right now.”