Scuderia Corsa enters Ryan Briscoe and Ed Jones in Rolex 24

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Scuderia Corsa will enter the No. 63 Ferrari in the GT Daytona Class of the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona with Ryan Briscoe, Ed Jones, Brett Curtis and Marcos Gomes behind the wheel. Sponsorship will come from Total, Aero and long time backer Pacific Western Bank.

Scuderia Corsa’s lineup showcases drivers with success in both sports cars and open wheel competition.

The team is anchored by IndyCar veteran Briscoe. Last year he, along with Renger van der Zande, Scott Dixon and Kamui Kobayashi, won overall in the Rolex 24 Hours in the Konica Minolta Cadillac Daytona Prototype. He has an opportunity to win back-to-back in two different classes.

“This will be a new challenge for me racing in the GTD class in a Ferrari,” said Briscoe in a Christmas Eve press release. “I’m very grateful and will do my part to fight for the victory and can’t wait to hit the track in a few weeks! Happy Holidays and I wish everyone a safe and successful 2021.”

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Jones finished third in the 2017 Indianapolis 500 to score a career-best finish. He matched that feat twice since in 2018 on the street circuits of Long Beach, Calif. and Belle Isle, Mich. He qualified fourth for the 2019 Indianapolis 500 with Scuderia Corsa livery to provide his best starting position of that season in the series’ biggest race. He finished on the lead lap in 13th two weeks after earning a top 10 on the Indy road course.

“First, it’s great to be back with Scuderia Corsa because I have a great relationship with the team and everyone there,” Jones said. “I think we have the chance to start 2021 off the right way with a great result at Daytona. I think the team we have around us, as well as drivers, is a strong lineup. It should be the perfect opportunity to get a great result.

“The goal as always is to win. I think if we show the performance that Scuderia Corsa had last year, we can certainly be in position to achieve.”

Gomes competed in the 2014 and 2015 with this team and earned 10th- and 14th-place results respectively. In 2019, he made a third appearance with another team, winning the pole and finishing eight in class for Via Italia Racing, which was supported by Scuderia Italia.  He led the field to the green flag that year.

“The expectation is to fight for the victory,” Gomes said. “We have a strong lineup of drivers and Scuderia Corsa is one of the most experienced teams in the GTD Class. Furthermore, the Ferrari 488 has always been very competitive at the Daytona 24.”

Scuderia Corsa won IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD championships in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The team also a earned championship in the Fran Am Rolex Series in 2013. More recently, they added victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 12 Hours of Sebring, Six Hours of the Glen and in the Petit Le Mans.

Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez and Formula One embrace the United States

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Last week, Red Bull Racing revealed its new car, the RB19, and a new relationship with Ford Motor Co. in an event in New York City complete with drivers Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez and team principal Christian Horner.

It’s the first Formula 1 team to launch in the United States for 2023, but even that small move of the needle reflects a major shift in the attitude of both F1’s management and their teams – and the extent to which the American audience has fully embraced the sport.

“It’s something fantastic and unique, for the sport to be able to break it into the U.S,” Perez told NBC Sports. “The market is huge and it’s a huge opportunity for everyone involved, for the drivers, for the team. It’s always a huge market.”

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Sergio Perez finished fourth in the Unites States Grand Prix, but he was first with the fans.  – Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

In 2023, Formula 1 will race three times in the United States and five times in North America. The Circuit of the Americas will host their 11th consecutive race in October before heading south to Mexico City. Miami returns for a second time in May on a temporary street course around the Hard Rock cafe and the third addition is in downtown Las Vegas in November.

With the Canadian Grand Prix on the schedule for June and the Brazilian Grand Prix in November, American fans are now in the ballpark of Europeans, who have eight events on the continent and one in England.

In 2022, Verstappen won every race in North America. He was kept from sweeping the hemisphere only by George Russell, who won in Brazil. That fact is less remarkable when one considers that Verstappen won 15 times in the season – nearly two-thirds of the races on the schedule.

By the time Formula arrived in Austin, Texas, for Round 20 of 23, Verstappen already had wrapped up his second consecutive championship.

“Sometimes it can be hard to replicate the season, but I think it’s the same as with the car, right? You always try to improve it,” Verstappen told NBC Sports. “And I always look at the little details that even when you have had a good race, you could have done better. And then of course you also learn from the bad races. So we always try to look for these little improvements and general experience you gain year after year.

“You try to do better, but of course it also depends a lot on the package you have.”

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Max Verstappen United States Grand Prix win was one of 15 for the drivers and 17 for Red Bull.
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Now Verstappen’s thoughts inevitably will turn to establishing a dynasty, and America will again play a pivotal role.

“I just enjoy what I’m doing,” Verstappen said.  “After the years in Formula One, when you have to be on top of your game and you gain a lot on your experience – in that sense nothing really can get to you anymore. Every year you just try to do the best you can. But a lot depends on the material around you. It’s always a bit of a guess. Start the season as fit as you can be and be well prepared. But if you don’t have the car, you’re not going to win the championship.”

Perez added two wins to Red Bull’s total, at Monaco and the Marina Bay Street course. With two of the US 2023 races on street courses, Perez hopes to close the gap on Verstappen and potentially be his chief rival for the championship.

“The strategy is clear; it is to maximize the potential of the car – and we believe we have a good car, but how good?,” Perez said “We don’t know what the competition is doing. We just give our best in building this car and we hope that it’s good enough to get us to win races.

“I think we have to work together as a team. At the same time. We both want to win the championship. It’s just having good compromise. The competition will be really strong out there, so we really need everything we possibly can get from each other.”

Formula One returns to the United States for Round 6 and the Miami Grand Prix on May 7.