Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo will drive for AIM Vasser Sullivan in the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The two are set for the full 2019 season in one of the two Lexus RC F GT3 race cars that the team plans to run in 2019.

“This is a great paring of drivers," said team co-owner and former IndyCar great Jimmy Vasser. "They know each other and they know what it takes to be successful.”

In 2018, Bell and Montecalvo teamed up in the four endurance events in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar GTD class for Scuderia Corsa. Between 2012 and 2017, both Bell and Montecalvo have experienced on-track success in GT3-spec race cars while driving for AIM Autosport, but never as teammates.

“I’m thrilled to have a chance to go after another IMSA GTD championship with Frankie,” said Bell, 43. “We’ve had some partial seasons the last few years and the stars aligned to make this happen.

“My best Indy 500 finish came while driving for Jimmy Vasser (fourth place in 2009 with Vasser's KV Racing Technology) and I’ve always admired the way he runs the team and guides the ship."

The announcement of Bell and Montecalvo comes a few weeks after AVS announced that Jack Hawksworth had signed with the team, also as a full season driver for 2019. Hawksworth’s teammate has yet to be announced.

“I could not be happier joining AIM Vasser Sullivan for the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season,” said Montecalvo, 27. “In 2017, I raced with AIM and had some success in the Pirelli World Challenge Sprint X. With the addition of Jimmy Vasser, Sulli and Lexus, we should have a very competitive team this year. Co-driving with Townsend, I feel AVS has a real shot at competing for a championship. I’m looking forward to heading to Daytona to start off the 2019 season!”

IMSA action for 2019 kicks off with the Roar Before the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway, January 4-6.

Source: Autoweek

December 1, 2018