Johansson, Casè to race at Sebring
Scuderia Corsa has announced that the team has retained Stefan Johansson and Lorenzo Casè to partner with Alessandro Balzan and Jeff Westphal at the wheel of the Ferrari 458 Italia, for next weekend’s Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring.
Former Formula 1 driver Johansson has twice won at Sebring. His second win, in 1997, came behind the wheel of a Ferrari 333SP, and he also has one overall victory and two class victories at the 24 Hours of LeMans. He was also recently named the Sporting Director of the Scuderia Corsa team.
Casè drove with the team at the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona. He, Balzan, and Westphal will be making their first start in Sebring’s endurance classic, while Johansson is making his 12th start.
The Giacomo Mattioli’s squad is looking to rebound from a disappointing run at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, where they finished in 11th position. After contending for the lead in the GT-Daytona class from the start of the race, through the night, and into the morning hours, Balzan was forced to bring the Ferrari behind the wall for repairs when a backmarker hit him in Daytona’s infield. Time lost making repairs meant the chance for victory was lost, and the team is eager to have another shot at a win at Sebring.