AIM Vasser Sullivan has announced that Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo have signed with the team for a full GTD campaign with one of its two Lexus RC F GT3s in the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
“We are pleased that Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo will be driving for AIM Vasser Sullivan in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series in 2019,” said team co-owner Jimmy Vasser. “This is a great paring of drivers. They know each other and they know what it takes to be successful.”
Bell and Montecalvo move to the AVS programme after racing together in the four NAEC races with Scuderia Corsa in GTD this year.
“I’m thrilled to have a chance to go after another IMSA GTD Championship with Frankie,” said Bell. “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 and I’ve always admired the way he runs the team and guides the ship. The fact that AIM and Ian Willis are also involved makes this feel like one big family get together. Ian led us to a Daytona 24 win in 2014 and the NAEC Championship. I’m looking forward to turning some laps soon in the Lexus RC F GT3. It’s a race winning, pole sitting car…it’s nice to have that confidence heading into a new season.”
“I could not be happier joining AIM Vasser Sullivan for the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season,” added Montecalvo. “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!
This 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 will be announced soon.