July 26, 2015 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – The Scuderia Corsa team arrived at Lime Rock Park for this weekend’s Northeast Grand Prix expecting a challenging weekend. However the team, with drivers Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell, were enjoying a strong run for the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 in Saturday afternoon’s race before contact slowed the team’s progress.
Starting from sixth position, Sweedler handed the Ferrari over to Bell in the same position after a trouble-free opening stint in Saturday’s two hour and forty minute race. However, during a restart after a full-course caution, Bell was hit in in the driver’s door by another car. The impact damaged the door enough that it was ripped off at speed and also damaged a suspension component, forcing Bell to the pits for lengthy repairs. The Ferrari rejoined the race, finishing in ninth position after losing multiple laps in the pits.
“It was an extremely frustrating day, and it feels like a missed opportunity for us,” said Sweedler. “We currently don’t have the pace of some of the other GT-Daytona cars, but we thought that over the course of the race and with some long runs the race would come to us a little bit. We were able to close the gap to the championship lead, in spite of our finish, which is good but considering where we had been running we could have made things much closer. Luckily, there’s a lot of racing left this year for us to do that.”
“It was unfortunate the way that the contact worked out,” said Bell. “I heard ‘green’ on the radio and had a little bit of a run on the car in front of me, so I turned left to go around him. But at the same time the car behind me was doing the same thing and I turned right in front of him and got a pretty solid hit in the door. Having to replace the door cost time but the guys also had to replace a suspension piece and that took quite a while and that took us out of it completely. It might have been a really good day in the championship for us.”
But, while the finish was disappointing, Sweedler, Bell, and Scuderia Corsa were able to reduce the gap to the championship lead. Previously eleven points behind the lead, Scuderia Corsa is now ten points behind, in fourth position. Sweedler and Bell also sit in fourth position in the driver’s standings with four races remaining in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
“The crew guys did a great job to replace the door and to repair the damage to the suspension quickly,” said Giacomo Mattioli, owner of Scuderia Corsa. “It has not been a great weekend for us in Lime Rock, but we were able to shorten the gap to the championship leaders. Up next is Road America, and we are aiming to shorten that gap even more!”
The next round of the TUDOR Championship will be the Continental Road Race Showcase at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on August 7-9. The team’s Pirelli World Challenge team will compete next weekend at Mid-Ohio in Lexington, Ohio.
About Scuderia Corsa
2015 24Hours of Le Mans Podium and 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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