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Bird to make Rolex 24 return with Scuderia Corsa

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Bird to make Rolex 24 return with Scuderia Corsa
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Jan 4, 2017, 6:50 PM

Sam Bird will return to the Rolex 24 at Daytona this month after being added to the Scuderia Corsa team's line-up for the American endurance classic.

#63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3: Christina Nielsen, Alessandro Balzan
Podium: Sam Bird, DS Virgin Racing
#7 Starworks Motorsport ORECA FLM09: Martin Fuentes, Sam Bird
#63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3: Christina Nielsen, Alessandro Balzan
Christina Nielsen, Alessandro Balzan, Jeff Segal, Scuderia Corsa

The factory Ferrari GT driver joins Alessandro Balzan, Christina Nielsen and Matteo Cressoni in the team's GTD class Ferrari 488 GTE for his first Daytona appearance since 2014.

That year, Bird raced in a Prototype Challenge-class Oreca run by Starworks Motorsport, finishing fifth in class and 24th overall.

Defending IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar GT Daytona champions Balzan and Nielsen will pilot the Scuderia Corsa entry for the full season, joined by Cressoni for the remaining North American Endurance Cup events at Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans.

“With this driver line-up and the proven success of the 488 GT3, I am confident that Scuderia Corsa will defend our championships this year," said team owner Giacomo Mattioli.

"The GTD field has expanded this season to factory entries and we welcome the challenge. 2017 marks the 70th anniversary for Ferrari and there is no better way to celebrate than success at the race track, where it all began."

 

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Series IMSA
Event Daytona 24
Location Daytona International Speedway
Drivers Sam Bird
Teams Scuderia Corsa
Author Jamie Klein