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Scuderia Corsa to Defend 24 Hours of Le Mans Victory with Two Car Entry

All-American Lineup of Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell to Defend with New Teammate Cooper MacNeil

Defending IMSA GTD Champions Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan Joined by Bret Curtis

Ferrari F488 GTE - Scuderia Corsa
Fer­rari F488 GTE – Scuderia Cor­sa

Fol­low­ing their dom­in­ant vic­tory dur­ing last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans in the GTE-Am class, Scuderia Cor­sa will return to the notori­ous Cir­cuit de la Sarthe in 2017, defend­ing their title in the GTE-Am Class with two entries this time, driv­en by an all-star lineup in the all-new Fer­rari 488 GTE.

Doub­ling their efforts from a his­tor­ic­al 2016 cam­paign in which their Le Mans win would high­light a sea­son that also saw vic­tor­ies at The 12 Hours of Sebring, Six Hours of Watkins Glen, as well as three sep­ar­ate cham­pi­on­ships, the team’s high threshold for qual­ity remains unchal­lenged with their two-car lineup.

In the No. 62 Fer­rari 488 GTE, Bill Sweedler and Town­send Bell will return to defend their 2016 vic­tory with the addi­tion the ven­er­able Cooper MacNeil.

Mean­while the team’s No. 65 Fer­rari 488 GTE proves an instant con­tender, fea­tur­ing the full-sea­son, cham­pi­on­ship-win­ning pair­ing of Christina Nielsen and Aless­andro Balzan, joined by sports­car vet­er­an Bret Curtis.

Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488GTE
Scuderia Cor­sa Fer­rari 488GTE

For team own­er Giac­o­mo Mat­ti­oli, the invit­a­tion to return to the world’s most renowned event is a wel­come one.

The oppor­tun­ity to bring two Fer­rar­is in defense of our Le Mans vic­tory is a great hon­or,” stated Mat­ti­oli.

To debut in 2015 with a podi­um, and win last year was an abso­lute dream-come-true. To return now with the Fer­rari 488 GTE is a brand new chal­lenge that we are all excited for.

It’s of course great to see Bill and Town­send back with us for another year, and now with Cooper MacNeil join­ing us, we should be very strong.

It goes without say­ing we had an incred­ible 2016 togeth­er with Christina and Aless­andro, and Bret Curtis is a long-time mem­ber of the com­munity that we’re very excited to work with. We’re def­in­itely con­fid­ent for another Fer­rari vic­tory!”

For Bill Sweedler, a chance to return to the same team that brought him such an incred­ible vic­tory just one year before is one that couldn’t be ignored.

I’m so excited to return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans and defend our race win along with Scuderia Cor­sa and Fer­rari,” stated Sweedler.

Le Mans is such a unique and spe­cial place that has the most pas­sion­ate res­id­ents. The city lit­er­ally shuts down for a week to wel­come racers, teams, and fans from around the world into their city. 

I’m truly honored to be able to par­ti­cip­ate again after two suc­cess­ful years. 

My hope is that Town­send, and our newest team­mate, Cooper MacNeil, can take our col­lect­ive exper­i­ence and deliv­er another strong fin­ish for Scudera Cor­sa and Fer­rari in 2017!”

For Christina Nielsen, return­ing to Le Mans with the same team she scored a his­tor­ic IMSA cham­pi­on­ship with cre­ates her best chance to win.

It will be great to return to Le Mans with Scuderia Cor­sa,” stated Nielsen.

This event is unlike any oth­er, and one that any driver wants to win. Luck­ily this is the best organ­iz­a­tion I could be with, and our last year togeth­er has been incred­ible.

The pro­fes­sion­al­ism, qual­ity of work, and tal­ent on all levels is unmatched, and now that I’ve already exper­i­enced the event, I want to go to win.”

Hav­ing raced with Scuderia Cor­sa pri­or in the Fer­rari Chal­lenge series, Cooper MacNeil is look­ing to add a Le Mans vic­tory to his cur­rent trophy case.

I think we are headed to Le Mans with a very strong pack­age,” MacNeil said.

Bill and Town­send won there last year in a Fer­rari. We will be run­ning a brand new 488 GTE and the Scuderia Cor­sa team knows the car and knows us as well. I run with them in the Fer­rari Chal­lenge Series, so between us three drivers and the team we already have a great racing rela­tion­ship.

This will help us to get right down to get­ting the car set-up and ready to go for race day.”

Finally, for Bret Curtis, hopes are high that his third vis­it to the famed event could be his best yet.

I am very excited to join Giac­o­mo Mattioli’s Scuderia Cor­sa in the most fam­ous sports car race in the world, the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” stated Curtis.

In 2016 Scuderia Cor­sa jumped to the top of the sports-car world with a GTD title in IMSA, and a GTE win at Le Mans so I am very excited to be racing with the best, and in a Fer­rari.

Addi­tion­ally, hav­ing the oppor­tun­ity to be driv­ing with last year’s win­ning GTD duo of Christina and Aless­andro is a great oppor­tun­ity to shine at a great race. 

I look for­ward to being a part of a win­ning effort and hav­ing strong res­ult!”

The 24 Hours of Le Mans will take place on Sat­urday, June 17 and run for 24 hours straight through the fol­low­ing Sunday. Scuderia Cor­sa will provide addi­tion­al updates, includ­ing avail­able broad­cast cov­er­age, as the event gets closer.

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