NBCSN IndyCar analyst Townsend Bell will stay behind the wheel in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship next season, as he and Bill Sweedler will shift from AIM Autosport to Scuderia Corsa.
They’ll share the No. 63 Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 rather than the No. 555 entry. It keeps them together for another season in a GTD-spec 458 after also running a Lotus Evora (2012) and Ferrari F458 Italia (2013) previously in the American Le Mans Series.
“It goes without saying that we are very excited about joining Scuderia Corsa,” Bell said in a release. “On many levels, this partnership will make a lot of sense. I’m thrilled to be continuing our relationship with Ferrari and to continue driving the Ferrari 458 Italia. Scuderia Corsa won two races last year, they are a championship winning team, and as a bonus for me it is great to be joining a team that is also based in Los Angeles where I live! I am looking forward to a lot of success with this program.”
In terms of schedules, there is only one TUDOR GTD and IndyCar weekend conflict. On August 23, the TUDOR Championship will be at VIRginia International Raceway while IndyCar is at Pocono Raceway.
Otherwise the two schedules slot up nicely to allow Bell an opportunity to continue his dual role as full-time analyst and full-time sports car driver.
If an opportunity presents itself for Bell and Sweedler to race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as has been reported by Sportscar365, that weekend would conflict with the IndyCar weekend in Toronto, June 13-14. Bell and Sweedler have yet to race at Le Mans.
This was the second GTD signing announced earlier this week; additionally, TRG-AMR has confirmed Christina Nielsen alongside James Davison for a full season in the No. 007 Aston Martin Vantage. Nielsen, a young Danish driver, competed in the IMSA Porsche GT3 USA Challenge this year and sporadic TUDOR Championship events. Davison ran the full season and scored the last four poles in a row; he also made his Indianapolis 500 debut.