LOS ANGELES, Calif. (January 22, 2017) – Heading to the famed “World Center of Racing,” Daytona International Speedway, Scuderia Corsa will arrive with a record 11 cars set to compete in successive events. Beginning with the season-opening rounds of the Ferrari Challenge USA, a series-high nine Scuderia Corsa entries will take to the track, while the team will also see two cars take the green flag during the prestigious 24 Hours at Daytona.
Considered the biggest race in North American sportscar racing, the 24 Hours at Daytona event weekend is four-day festival unlike any other. As the highest attended event on the calendar, a large, international crowd will take part in a schedule filled with racing entertainment, beginning with a double-header for Ferrari Challenge, followed by the headlining 24-hour event that will see over 50 top-tier racing cars competing.
Kicking off the weekend in the Ferrari Challenge USA, Scuderia Corsa will look to begin their 2018 season ready for competition. The team welcomes Cooper MacNeil, David MacNeil, Thomas Tippl, Bradley Smith, Jim Camp, Mark Fuller, Michael Fassbender, Oscar Arroyo-Paredes and Chris Carel to a new year. A product of the team’s Driver Development Program, six of the entrants are now veterans of the team’s system, gradually elevating participants from street cars to full-fledged professional racing.
For the Daytona 24, the first event of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the team will arrive with two cars in defense of their three consecutive series championships. In the full-season No. 63 Ferrari 488 GT3 entry, drivers Cooper MacNeil and Alessandro Balzan will be joined for all endurance rounds by Gunnar Jeannette, as well as team veteran and former Daytona and Le Mans winner Jeff Segal for the 24. Additionally, Scuderia Corsa will present a second-car for all endurance races, the No. 64 Ferrari 488 GT3 of Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell, and Frankie Montecalvo, who will be joined at Daytona by Ferrari factory driver Sam Bird.
For team owner, Giacomo Mattioli, the beginning of a new season is always an exciting one.
“This weekend is a great return to action for our program,” stated Mattioli. “Our group has been involved in Ferrari Challenge competition for 20 years now, so to arrive with nine cars is a great opportunity to provide an excellent experience for our drivers and their guests. This all leads to the Daytona 24, which will give us the opportunity to contend for our fourth-straight IMSA series title. It will be our first IMSA race with everyone at WeatherTech, and we look to deliver, and of course with our No. 64 entry, we have a proven driver line up with the return of our 2015 IMSA Champions.”
Official practice for the event begins this Thursday, January 18, with a double-header of race action taking place on Friday and Saturday for Ferrari Challenge. The 24 Hours at Daytona will begin on Saturday, January 27 at 2:40PM ET, ending 24 hours later. Live television coverage will be available in the U.S. via FOX on Saturday, January 27 from 2:00-5:00PM, then FOX Sports 2 from 5:00PM-10:00PM, FOX Sports 1 from 11:00PM-1:00AM, then on Sunday via FOX Sports 1 from 8:00AM-10:30AM and 1:00PM-3:00PM. 24 hour coverage will also be available via the FOX Sports Go app, as well as international coverage via IMSA.com, RadioLeMans.com and SiriusXM Radio.
About Scuderia Corsa
2017 IMSA GTD Champion, 2017 Le Mans podium, 2017 6H of Watkins Glen podium, 2017 12H of Sebring podium, 2016 IMSA GTD Champion, 2016 24Hours of Le Mans GTE-Am winner, 2016 6H of Watkins Glen Winner, 2016 12H of Sebring Winner, 2016 Pirelli World Challenge GTA Champion, 2015 24Hours of Le Mans Podium, 2015 IMSA GTD and 2013 Grand-AM GT championship-winning team Scuderia Corsa was founded in 2013 by Giacomo Mattioli and Art Zafiropoulo. Follow Scuderia Corsa on Twitter @Scuderia_Corsa, on Facebook at Scuderia Corsa, Instagram at @Scuderiacorsaferrari and ScuderiaCorsa.com