FERRARI’S 60 YEARS IN THE USA
Risi Competizione secures the GT2 Teams’
Championship in the American Le Mans Series
following a successful season with its F430 GT.
More ALMS GT2 glory for Risi
Competizione – the Teams’ and
Manufacturers’ titles and a 1-2
in the Drivers’ Championship
with Jaime Melo and ex-F1
racer Mika Salo (BELOW).
MOMO wins at Daytona and Sebring with a 333 SP.
Team owner Gianpiero Moretti shares with Didier
Theys and Mauro Baldi at Sebring, and Arie
Luyendyk is also on board at Daytona.
Between 1995 and 2001, the elegant 333 SP
won a total of 13 Teams’/Drivers’/Manufacturers’
championships in IMSA and FIA competition.
errari’s 430 GTC was going to be a hard
act to follow. It won three times in four
years at Sebring, earned American Le Mans
Series and FIA GT championships, and also
conquered its class twice in the 24 Hours
of Le Mans and twice at Petit Le Mans.
But the even prettier yet somehow
more aggressive-looking 458 Italia is on
its way to surpassing those achievements.
In Europe it’s won its Le Mans class twice
(2012 and this year), as well as numerous
titles in the FIA GT Championship.
Here in America, the 458’s star has
shone bright, too, with victory in the 2012
12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans in
2011 and ’ 12. Then, following the
merger of the American Le Mans Series
and Grand-Am Rolex Series into the
new-for-2014 TUDOR United SportsCar
Championship, the 458 conquered the GT
Daytona class in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Townsend Bell, Bill Sweedler, Jeff Segal,
Scott Tucker and Alessandro Pier Guidi
were at the wheel of Level 5 Motorsports’
Ferrari that day, and the first three named,
along with Maurizio Mediani, backed this up
with second in the Sebring 12 Hours, this
time driving AIM Autosport’s 458. Bell and
Sweedler went on to claim fourth in the
Drivers’ championship, with AIM Autosport
matching them in the Teams’ title race.
In the Tequila Patron North American
Endurance Championship, Bell and Sweedler,
AIM Autosport and Ferrari ruled the roost
in the Drivers’, Teams’ and Manufacturers’
THE BILL AND
Townsend Bell and
Bill Sweedler race
together at Scuderia
Corsa in 2015.
Ferrari’s 458 Italia is one of the sexiest
cars on the TUDOR Championship grid,
and remains one of the fastest GTs, too.