Scuderia Corsa Wins GT-Daytona Driver and Team Championship, Secures Manufacturer Championship for Ferrari
October 4, 2015 (Braselton, GA.) – Following the team’s motto of #MaxAttack and #NeverGiveUp, Scuderia Corsa with drivers Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell came from behind at Petit Le Mans to win the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s GT-Daytona team and driver championships.
With seven hours and fifty one minutes complete, IMSA decided to end the race as the treacherous conditions brought on by three days of non-stop rain had made the Road Atlanta circuit unsafe to drive on. When the checkered flag fell, Scuderia Corsa’s two-car attack for Petit Le Mans ended with the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia taking the checkered flag in fourth position while the no. 64 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia finished in sixth position.
Jeff Segal joined Bell and Sweedler in the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia. Their fourth-place effort netted the second professional sports car championship for Scuderia Corsa, which won the 2013 GRAND-AM team and driver championship. Bell and Sweedler also finished in second position in the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.
“What an incredible feeling to come from behind to win the championship,” said Sweedler. “The Scuderia Corsa team executed perfectly. We knew the rain was coming so we prepared a strategy that would let us be near the front in case the race was called, and we capitalized on it. We have enjoyed an amazing season with Scuderia Corsa, including a win at VIR, our podium at Le Mans, and now the championship. It is unreal, and I am very proud of everybody on this team – it was a true team effort.”
“I am still kind of in shock that we have won this championship,” said Bell. “Last season, Bill and I led the championship throughout the year and then lost it in the final race. This time, we have done the opposite and won it in the final race. It was a real challenge out there in the rain. The Ferrari doesn’t have the rear downforce that some of the other GT-D cars have, which made things really difficult as the rain kept falling. But Jeff and Bill did an incredible job, and it was phenomenal to share another big success with the two of them.”
Scuderia Corsa also secured the GT-Daytona manufacturer championship for Ferrari, as well as the manufacturer’s championship in the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup. For team owner Mattioli, who has spent his entire professional career with Ferrari, his team’s second championship in three seasons as well as aiding in Ferrari’s championship is a source of pride and joy.
“I am incredibly proud of the Scuderia Corsa team, and Bill and Townsend,” said Mattioli. “It is such an honor to represent Ferrari and to help them secure the manufacturers championship. To win our second championship since we started racing professionally in 2013 is a feeling I can’t describe. I’d like to thank my partner, Art Zafiropoulo, for believing in the vision. I have to say a big thank you to our team, to Bill and Townsend, and to our sponsors.We had a very strong team today with both of our Ferrari’s running up front throughout the day, and a great job done by Matteo, Daniel and Jeff in our no. 64 Ferrari.”
Sweedler, Bell and Mattioli will receive their championship trophies during the TUDOR Night of Champions on Monday evening at the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.
About Scuderia Corsa
2015 24Hours of Le Mans Podium, 2015 Tudor United SportsCar GTD and 2013 Grand-AM Rolex GT championship-winning team Scuderia Corsa was founded in 2012 by Giacomo Mattioli and Art Zafiropoulo. The team was created for the sole purpose of supporting the racing needs of Ferrari clients and includes turnkey programs, GT endurance racing, the North American Ferrari Challenge Series and track events. Giacomo Mattioli is the owner of Ferrari Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and South Bay and partner in Ferrari Maserati Silicon Valley with Art Zafiropoulo.
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