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Level 5 Completes Build, Shakedown of New Ferrari GTD Car

Level 5 Motorsports completes build of first Ferrari 458 GTD car in Italy…

Preparations of Level 5 Motorsports’ new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GT Daytona program are on target, with the team having recently completed build of its first Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 car, as well as conducting an initial shakedown in Italy this week.

Select team members traveled to Italy earlier this month to assist with the build of the new GTD contender, which will be driven in the 11-round championship by Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell, as part of Level 5’s new customer program.

“We’ve done it that way with every other car we’ve built, whether it was with the HPD/Wirth prototypes or the Lolas, it’s always a good practice,” team manager David Stone said about integrating Level 5 crew in the build of the car. “You absorb a lot, almost by osmosis, being in the environment. A lot is learned in a really short period of time.”

Newly signed driver Jeff Segal, meanwhile, completed a shakedown of the car Friday at a foggy Adria International Raceway (see video, above), prior to it being shipped to America to begin testing Stateside in preparation for the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Level 5 has one full-season Ferrari entry already confirmed, with its second Prancing Horse currently sitting as the second reserve car in GTD category.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John


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