Los Angeles, Calif. – It’s a short drive from the Scuderia Corsa race shop in Los Angeles, as well as the team’s affiliated dealerships in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and South Bay, to the seaside city of Long Beach. So at this weekend’s Grand Prix of Long Beach, the drivers and crew of Scuderia Corsa will enjoy an overwhelming amount of support for the trio of Ferraris that will compete on the temporary circuit of Long Beach.
The team has embarked on a North American Endurance Cup schedule in the IMSA United SportsCar Championship’s GT-LeMans class for 2016. The no. 68 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GTE, which captured fourth position in the season-opening 24 Hours of Daytona, will also compete in select additional races this season. At Long Beach, the car will be driven by Alessandro Balzan and Daniel Serra. Balzan is a regular driver in the team’s GT-Daytona class Ferrari which won at last month’s 12 Hours of Sebring.
“I’m very excited to compete in the GT-LeMans class for the first time and to drive the no. 68 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GTE,” said Balzan. “It’s a big weekend for Scuderia Corsa because Long Beach is so close to three of its dealerships, and it’s a big honor to be asked to share the car with Daniel. The level of competition from the other teams and drivers in GT-LeMans is very high and it is going to be a very challenging race. But this is part of the excitement and I know the Scuderia Corsa team will give us a Ferrari that can win. After winning at Sebring, it would be amazing to follow it up with another victory for Scuderia Corsa and Ferrari at Long Beach!”
Following Saturday’s IMSA race, two Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italias will compete in Sunday morning’s Pirelli World Challenge race. With the first two events of the season completed, Martin Fuentes has driven the no. 07 Hublot/Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia to four straight victories in the GT-A class and holds a commanding 66-point lead in the championship.
“After a few weeks of resting, I’m very excited to get back in the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari,” said Fuentes. “It’s a good feeling to be leading the championship after having very good performances in the past couple of races. We are all very motivated coming into this race, and we are all going to Long Beach to keeping this winning streak going. Of course, Long Beach being a street circuit means it has a lot of challenges, like St.
Petersburg, so we’ll try to keep out of trouble and to win the race for Scuderia Corsa.”
Bill Sweedler, who captured the 2015 GT-Daytona class championship with Scuderia Corsa, rejoins the team to drive the no. 11 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia in this weekend’s PWC race.
“I’m really looking forward to competing in my first World Challenge race,” said Sweedler. “I’ve raced at Long Beach several times before but as the starting driver in an endurance race, which is a different challenge. Here, it’s just me racing as hard as I can for fifty minutes – no pit stops, and no co-drivers. The Scuderia Corsa guys will make me feel right at home and I’m looking forward to racing at Long Beach.”
The IMSA race from Long Beach will be shown live on Saturday, April 16 at 7:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 2, with rebroadcasts on Sunday, April 17th at 11:00 PM ET and 12:30 PM ET on FOX Sports 1.
The Pirelli World Challenge race will be broadcast live on Sunday, April 17 at 2:00 PM ET on CBS Sports.