In 2015, accomplished sports car racer Bill Sweedler will join Townsend Bell behind the wheel of the No. 69 O'Gara Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3. Sweedler and Bell teamed to win the 2015 WeatherTech Championship GT Daytona title for Scuderia Corsa.
Sweedler, a native of New York, got his professional start in the ALMS in 2009, driving a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in a four-race schedule. He won the prestigious Founder’s Cup award in 2010 before going on to claim victory in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring fueled by Fresh From Florida in 2012, his first race with open-wheel ace, Bell. The two drivers have been teammates since, competing primarily in the ALMS GT class.
2016: Part-time competitor in GTD with a best finish of 15th in class (Daytona, Laguna Seca).
2015: Won 2015 GTD championship, winning VIR International Raceway and finishing second in Patrón Endurance Cup with co-driver Townsend Bell.
2014: Won Rolex 24 and Patrón Endurance Cup in GTD class in 2014 WeatherTech Championship. Finished fourth in 2014 GTD points.
2012: Won class in 2012 Twelve Hours of Sebring in first race co-driving with Townsend Bell.
Townsend Bell started racing go-karts at the age of 12 and spent the next several years competing in regional and national events. After studying at UC Santa Barbara, he attended a three-day Skip Barber school in 1996 and decided his future was in racing. Armed with ambition and a stack of business cards, he set out to make his dreams a reality.
Bell secured the necessary funding to contest the Skip Barber Formula Dodge Western Championship in 1997 and began his climb up the racing ladder. The wins followed. After Formula Dodge, Bell raced in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, and then leapt into the Indy Lights Championship for two years. It was there that Bell began to draw attention. He finished second in the 2000 championship – only nine points behind winner Scott Dixon – and secured the champion's title in 2001 over Dan Wheldon.
Also in 2001, merely five years since beginning his professional driving career, Bell made his debut at the top rung of U.S. motorsports. He contested a pair of races in the CART FedEx Championship Series driving for Patrick Racing in Germany and England. Both grids were determined by championship standings due to qualifying rainouts and despite starting at the back of the field, Bell managed to score his first points in the series in only his second career start with a 12th-place drive at Rockingham Speedway.
He continued with Patrick Racing in 2002 to contest a nine-race season aboard the Toyota-powered Visteon machine. Despite the lack of a teammate in his rookie campaign, Bell managed to impress with a fourth-place finish at Portland and seventh-place drive at Laguna Seca.
Bell embarked on an overseas foray in 2003 with the championship-winning Arden International team in the 2003 FIA Formula 3000 Championship. Among a strong field that included Formula 1 driver Vitantonio Liuzzi and Le Mans star Nicolas Minassian, Bell finished second in the rookie standings and became the first American to score an F3000 podium.
His talents led to limited roles as a test driver for the BAR-Honda and Jaguar Formula 1 teams, and he expanded his dossier off the racetrack by making his television debut as a color commentator for IndyCar Series broadcasts on Europe's Sky Sports.
Bell returned stateside in 2004 to compete in the IndyCar Series with Panther Racing and Chevrolet. Driving the Menards/Johns Manville Racing entry, he finished half of the 10 races entered in the top-10. His best result of fifth was the highest finish for his team that season. He also continued his role as a test driver with BAR-Honda, and expanded his commentary work to include Speed Channel's Formula 1 broadcasts.
He has competed in the Indianapolis 500 eight times from 2006 through 2014, with the last seven starts coming consecutively. Bell has posted a best finish of fourth in 2009 with KV Racing Technology and a best start of fourth in 2011, driving for Sam Schmidt Motorsports.
In 2012, Bell made his professional sports car racing debut with Alex Job Racing, winning the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring on the first attempt. He has added to his versatility in racing a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Lotus Evora, and Ferrari 458 Italia throughout his sports car career.
In 2014, Bell emulated the Sebring feat by driving to victory in his first Rolex 24 at Daytona, with Level 5 Motorsports. Bell and co-driver Bill Sweedler won the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup with AIM Autosport, after finishing first or second in three of the four races in the endurance series. The pairing finished fourth overall in the full season GT Daytona class points.
After winning the 2015 GTD championship for Scuderia Corsa, Bell and Bill Sweedler moved to O'Gara Motorsport in 2015, co-driving the No. 69 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 in GTD.
He is also a color commentator for NBCSN’s IndyCar broadcasts.
2016: Part-time competitor in GTD with a highest finish of 15th in class (Daytona, Laguna Seca)
2015: Won 2015 GTD championship, winning VIR International Raceway and finishing second in Patrón Endurance Cup with co-driver Bill Sweedler.
2014: Finished fourth in 2014 GTD points, winning Patrón Endurance Cup and Rolex 24 with co-driver Bill Sweedler.
Frankie Montecalvo, 24, made his racing debut in 2008 by entering various club and historic events. The young driver’s passion and commitment to racing was demonstrated when he chose to race at Watkins Glen instead of attending his high school graduation. The New Jersey native is now in his seventh season of piloting race cars.
Montecalvo competed in the 2009 Grand-Am Koni-Challenge, partnered with pro-driver Gunnar Jeannette. Together, the duo snagged two top-10 finishes including their best finish of seventh place at Mid-Ohio. Multimatic Motorsports presented Montecalvo with the opportunity to join the development team for the Boss 302R Mustang and to drive in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Challenge for a full season in 2010. That same season Montecalvo became a participant in the Cooper Tire Prototype Lites Series. By the 4th race, he took first place at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah.
In 2011, he stepped up to the top level in ALMS and promptly recorded a second place at the Sebring 12 Hours. Driving for CORE Autosport, Montecalvo also claimed second place in the driver championship for LMPC class and his team won the championship. Broadening his horizons, Montecalvo & Jeannette teamed up for a WEC campaign in a Ferrari 458 in 2012. Montecalvo made his debut at the prestigious 24 hours of Le Mans in France. In 2013, Montecalvo teamed up with Jeannette in the #51 RAM Racing Ferrari 458 in the GTE-AM class in the European Le Mans Series. Montecalvo and Jeannette visited the podium four times during the ELMS season and tied for third in the driver championship.
2014 saw the boys coming back home to America with a ride in the #52 PR1 Motorsports PC machine in the Tudor United Sports Car Championship. Montecalvo and Jeannette visited the podium several times in 2014 and finished the season with a third place finish at the prestigious Petit Le Mans. Montecalvo also made his second appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014 in a Ferrari 458 with 8-Star Racing finishing 4th and was the highest American entry in class.
Montecalvo piloted the #66 Mercedes Benz AMG SLS GT3 in the Pirelli World Challenge Championship with DragonSpeed in 2015. Finishing the season as the GTA- Driver Champion with 7 wins, 6 top three podiums and 6 fastest lap pole positions.
When not advancing his racing career, Montecalvo takes full advantage of the waterfront life in New Jersey. He is an avid boater who enjoys jet skiing, wake-boarding, snowboarding, and restoring cars. Physical fitness, strength and health training are also amongst his hobbies.
Born near the Nürburgring and growing up, he was infected early with the Rennvirus.As with many boys, his enthusiasm for cars was great from the start and led him into the kartsport.From the Kartsport he took a typical way with the entry into the different form series.The German Formula 3 and his successes were significant for his career.Already in his formula, he collected important international experiences, which are an important feature for Pierre Kaffer and his motorsport sequence.
In addition to his two-year engagement for Audi in the DTM, his assignments and successes with different vehicle types in various classes of the LMS, the ALMS, the 24h Le Mans and of course the 24h Nürburgring show the wide range of his driving skills.In 2012, Pierre will also participate in the WEC with an LMP2.
Despite his determination, his ambition and his discipline, the motorsport-enthusiastic 35-year-old is an open, communicative, sympathetic athlete who is very close to his fans and his business partners.
Pierre's fun at professional racing and his sporting enthusiasm is also evident in his activities alongside his racing instincts, as he also teaches other competencies and fun to control the vehicle.
Born: December 14, 1995
Hometown: Great Falls, Virginia
Born in Fairfax VA in 1995, Sebastian was fast out of the box, showing up two months early! Fascinated by cars, driving and things that go fast he jumped at the opportunity to compete in the kids league at Allsports GP, an indoor kart facility in Dulles VA at the age of 8 and excelled, winning the series in his second season. Hindered by parents who thought school was more important than motor racing Sebastian had to satisfy his passion through limited outings in Rotax Go Karts for four long years. It was at this time that he learned the true meaning of the sport and famously counseled other young drivers with his observation that, ‘racing is 98% disappointment’!
In 2011, one month after his 15th birthday, a Skip Barber Racing School at Palm Beach International Raceway gave the youngster his first experience in a racing car and then, equipped with a 1995 Mazda Miata, Sebastian went through the driving school with the Washington DC region of the SCCA and began racing Spec Miata, widely recognized as the most competitive class in North American Club Racing. In 2012 Sebastian began racing Mazda MX 5’s and made his debut in Mazda’s MX-5 Cup competing in two events, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport and VIR finishing 5th on both occasions. In 2013 the 17 year old competed in the SCCA Mid Atlantic Road Racing Series (MARRS) Spec Miata Championship. Despite missing 5 rounds due to scheduling issues with other series, Sebastian won the championship, becoming the youngest ever winner of the coveted series.
In 2014, Sebastian’s senior year in high school, he committed to his first full season of Mazda’s MX-5 Cup as well as 7 rounds of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series racing for Irish Mike’s Racing in their inaugural year in the series fielding a Hyundai Genesis. While the Genesis was capable of a strong showing at some of the tracks, (qualified 5th at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park) tire wear, fuel consumption and reliability issues which are to be expected with a cars first year in the series left results not entirely reflective of the team's potential. The Mazda MX-5 cup season also had its challenges, engine compression issues early on in the season and a DNF at Road America due to a technical glitch meant a series win was unlikely, however 8 podiums including two great wins at Road Atlanta, the series finale, put Sebastian third overall in the championship, missing second place by only 11 points.
Late in 2014 Audi Sport announced a brand new series to run as a support race for the 2015 DTM series in Europe: The Audi Sport TT Cup. Hundreds of applicants from around the world applied for the 18 available spots and Sebastian was awarded his place as the only American. The Audi TT Cup posed a tremendous challenge for Sebastian, as he was racing on all new tracks in a powerful front wheel drive car, against a group of very talented competitors from 13 nations. Also in 2015, Sebastian competed in select rounds of the Porsche GT3 Cup Gold category in a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Car, winning a race at each event he entered.
In 2016, Sebastian competed in a full season of the Porsche GT3 Cup USA with TPC Racing, in an attempt to win the Porsche GT3 Cup USA Gold championship. Sebastian had a very successful year; with nine 9 victories, as well as multiple pole positions and track records en route to finishing 2nd in the championship after an unfortunate disqualification late in the season created too great a points gap for him to make up. Along with his main focus of the Porsche GT3 Cup USA Gold Championship, Sebastian was involved in a one-off appearance in the Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge GS Class with Automatic Racing. In his first start in the series, Sebastian qualified on pole and led for the majority of his stint.
For 2017, Sebastian has remained in the Porsche GT3 Cup USA, stepping up to the Platinum Class in the brand new 2017 Porsche 991.2 Generation car. Competing with the well known Alex Job Racing team, Sebastian is ready for what will surely be a very tough and competitive year!