Samples 2016 Le Mans Special Edition - Page 192

AMAZING FEELING T he #62 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia driven by the all-American lineup of Townsend Bell, Jeff Segal and Bill Sweedler captured victory in the GTEAm class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sunday afternoon in only the team’s second appearance at the endurance classic. Throughout the race, the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari was a contender for victory, taking the lead for the first time as the sun began to set in the race’s fifth hour. From that point the Ferrari had the GTE-Am victory in its sights, and Jeff Segal took the checkered flag just after 3:00 PM on Sunday afternoon. Thanks to rapid stints at the wheel by all three drivers, the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari finished three minutes ahead of the secondplaced car and lapped the rest of the GTEAm field. The car completed 331 troublefree laps of the 8.5-mile Circuit de la Sarthe, while the Scuderia Corsa crew executed 25 mistake-free pit stops. “Since our first Le Mans last year, our only ambition was to get back to Le Mans and win,” said Sweedler. “We knew that if we came back with the same Scuderia Corsa team, and the same drivers, we’d have a winner. Last year we didn’t quite know what to expect, but this year we were ready. But I think we are all a little bit shocked that it happened!” Townsend Bell was the driver who eased the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari into the lead for the first time late on Saturday evening. The Le Mans victory is another success that Bell, Sweedler and Scuderia Corsa have enjoyed together.