Sam Bird returns to Daytona

Scuderia Corsa have confirmed today that Sam Bird will join Alessandro Balzan, Christina Nielsen, and Matteo Cressonifor their Rolex 24 at Daytona driver line up. This will be the Ferrari Factory Driver’s first Daytona appearance since 2014.

The four drivers will pilot Scuderia Corsa’s GTD class Ferrari 488 GTE in the 24-hour race at the end of the month.

The last time Bird participated in the Rolex 24 at Daytona he was aboard a Prototype Challenge-class Oreca run by Starworks Motorsport. The car finished fifth in class and 24th overall. Bird will make a one-off appearance in IMSA before his full season commitments start in WEC GTE Pro for AF Corse.

Balzan and Nielsen will defend their 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar GT Daytona championship as well as racing the full season for Scuderia Corsa. Cressoni will join the pair for the remaining North American Endurance Cup events at Sebring, Watkins Glen, and Petit Le Mans. Team owner Giacomo Mattioli is confident that this year’s line up will be able to continue the success the team achieved last year.