January 24, 2015 (Daytona Beach, Fla.) – It was a strong start to the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona for the pair of Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italias.
From the drop of the green flag through the six-hour mark, a Scuderia Corsa Ferrari set the pace in the GT-Daytona class.
Starting the no. 64 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia in fifth position, Daniel Serra drove to the front of the GT-Daytona field and established an early lead. Behind him, Townsend Bell advanced the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia through the field up to second position.
The no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia cycled through its driver lineup and led throughout the first six hours. Bill Sweedler ran at the front during his stint before turning the car over to Anthony Lazzaro. Lazzaro enjoyed a spirited battle for the lead before establishing another strong lead for the N.63 Ferrari 458 Italia. Lazzaro handed the reigns over to Jeff Segal who comfortably led throughout his stint.
“The Scuderia Corsa Ferrari was really, really good,” said Segal. “We’ve done a lot of work to the car since the Roar and throughout the weekend to make it good, and it was excellent. All credit to the guys for giving the four of us a strong Ferrari that is very good on long runs. There were points available at the six hour mark for the Patron North American Endurance Cup, and we are now second, that is still very good for the NAEC and, of course, there is also a lot more at stake.”
As of 9:00 PM ET, Townsend Bell was in third position in the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia, while Serra was in ninth position in the no. 64 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia. Scuderia Corsa is also currently second in the patron North American Endurance Cup.
The Rolex 24 is currently being broadcast on FOX Sports 1, and will switch to live streaming on IMSA.com at 11:00 PM ET. The final hours of the race will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 starting at 7:00 AM ET.
About Scuderia Corsa
The 2013 Grand-AM Rolex GT championship-winning team Scuderia Corsa was founded in 2011 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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