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.









Joao Lamares

Editor in Chief at JLpress News
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