Wednesday, January 31, 2018 – Highlands, NJ – After 24 hours of intense racing on the high banks of Daytona International Speedway, Scuderia Corsa driver Frankie Montecalvo finished P5 in class at the Rolex 24.
Montecalvo along with teammates Townsend Bell, Bill Sweedler and Sam Bird started the iconic 24-hour endurance race P14 in class. Bird made his way past several cars and into the top ten on his opening stint.
The No. 64 Ferrari 488 GT3 would fluctuate positions within the top ten throughout the night. Montecalvo was able to race all the way up to P4 in class in his early morning double stint. However, the No. 64 would eventually finish P5, only one lap behind the class leader and 62.279 seconds away from third position.
“We just finished the 24 hours of Daytona, and this race honestly felt more like a sprint race than an endurance race. It was definitely one of the most difficult 24 hour races that I’ve ever driven,” explained Montecalvo.
“We only had a few full course yellows that were relatively short, so it was truly a race from start to finish. Sam did a great job getting our car into the top ten in the first hour of the race. Once the sun set and the temperature dropped a bit, we really started to find our groove and the Ferrari did really well over night.”
“We were all able to keep the car clean and running close to the front for the remainder of the 24 hours, which is a huge testament to Scuderia Corsa and my teammates. After 24 hours of racing in one of the most competitive GTD fields to date, our car barely had a scratch on it and we never had any mechanical issues. I have to say a big thank you to Scuderia Corsa and to Bill, Townsend and Sam for a job well done.”
“As a driver you always want to go for a podium finish or a win, but to come away with a top five at the Rolex 24 in this particular GTD class is really satisfying. It’s a great start to our North American Endurance Cup Championship. Now our goal is to train hard over the next few weeks and be ready to go for the 12 Hours of Sebring. Sebring is one of my favorite races. I finished second there in 2011, but I’m hoping this will be the year that we can bring home a win.”
The next race for Montecalvo and the Scuderia Corsa team is the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring on March 17. Be sure to follow Frankie on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date with all of his racing news!