2013 Grand-Am Rolex GT champions Scuderia Corsa will have an all-American lineup next year in its No. 63 Ferrari F458 Italia as Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler take over the team’s primary GTD entry.
Bell and Sweedler formed one of the most effective Pro-Am driver combinations during the first TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season, coming close to earning the championship while driving for both Level 5 Motorsports and AIM Autosport in the No. 555 Ferrari F458. The move means team owner Giacomo Mattioli will replace Alessandro Balzan and Jeff Westphal in the No. 63 in 2015, although it’s possible Westphal will be retained for the four Tequila Patron North American Endurance Championship rounds.
“We are really excited about competing for the GTD championship with Scuderia Corsa,” said Sweedler. “Giacomo Mattioli’s dedication to building the best Ferrari racing program as well as the best Ferrari dealerships offers the ideal place to maximize our racing and commercial sponsorship goals going forward. We really enjoy racing in the TUDOR Championship and competing against the best drivers and teams in sports car racing and we hope to bring another championship to Ferrari in 2015.”
“It goes without saying that we are very excited about joining Scuderia Corsa,” said Bell. “On many levels, this partnership will make a lot of sense. I’m thrilled to be continuing our relationship with Ferrari and to continue driving the Ferrari 458 Italia. Scuderia Corsa won two races last year, they are a championship winning team, and as a bonus for me it is great to be joining a team that is also based in Los Angeles where I live! I am looking forward to a lot of success with this program.”
A Scuderia Corsa-led GTE-Am entry for Bell and Sweedler at the 24 Hours of Le Mans is also said to be under consideration.