On Wednesday morning, Scuderia Corsa ramped up their IndyCar Series efforts. The team announced a partnership with Ed Carpenter Racing to field Ed Jones for 13 races in 2019. Jones will run the road and street course races in the No. 20 Dallara-Chevrolet entry. The 2017 Sunoco Rookie of the Year will also run the No. 64 at the 103rd Indianapolis 500.
The partnership with ECR comes five months after Scuderia Corsa’s first venture into the IndyCar Series. The team partnered with Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing to field Oriol Servia in the 102nd Indianapolis 500 on May 27.
Servia made an impressive run for Scuderia Corsa’s initial foray into IndyCar racing, driving from 26th on the grid to lead 16 laps before finishing 17th.
The foray into the IndyCar Series marks another major milestone for the Las Vegas-based team.
Scuderia Corsa was founded in 2013 by Giacomo Mattioli and Art Zafiropoulo as a sports car racing team. In their first season, they earned a Grand-Am Series championship in the GT class.
Since then, Scuderia Corsa has also added three consecutive MSA GT-Daytona Championships (2015-2017) to their resume, including driver and manufacturer titles in 2013, 2015 and 2017.
Additionally, the team won the Pirelli World Challenge GTA Championship in 2016, setting a non-spec class record with nine victories.
Among their major sports car race wins includes the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans GTE-Am class victory.
The team also secured GT-Daytona class wins in the 12 Hours of Sebring and Six Hours at the Glen in 2016.
In 2017, Scuderia Corsa added a podium finish in the GTE-Am class at Le Mans.
Although Scuderia Corsa’s racing history is rooted in sports cars, the team does have some notable connections to the IndyCar Series.
Stefan Johansson is the team’s sporting director. Johansson made 73 starts in CART from 1992 to 1996 with four third-place finishes.
Johansson is also the manager for several drivers. His client list includes IndyCar drivers Scott Dixon, Felix Rosenqvist and Zachary Claman De Melo, in addition to Jones.
The team’s driver lineup also features an IndyCar connection. Former IndyCar driver and current NBC IndyCar analyst Townsend Bell drives for the team on its sports car side of operations.
Bell, the 2001 Indy Lights Champion, earned 2015 GT Daytona Championship and 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans class wins as part of Scuderia Corsa.
In 39 starts across ChampCar and IndyCar, Bell earned a best finish of fourth on two separate occasions (Portland in 2002 and Indianapolis in 2009).
When they arrive at St. Petersburg in March, Scuderia Corsa will be looking to add IndyCar success to their ever-extending resume.
The team’s history and staff will help provide an excellent opportunity to do just that in 2019 and moving forward.
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