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Sweedler, Bell Set for Switch to Change Racing

Change Racing set to run second Lambo for Sweedler, Bell…

Photo: Jamey Price/Lamborghini

Photo: Jamey Price/Lamborghini

Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell will complete the remainder of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season with Change Racing, following O’Gara Motorsport’s sudden ceasing of operations last month.

Sportscar365 has learned that a deal has been reached that will see the defending GT Daytona class champions continue to pilot the No. 11 Lamborghini Huracan GT3, but now under the Robby Benton-led Change organization as a second car.

It’s understood a formal announcement is due out later this week, ahead of next weekend’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Sweedler and Bell will retain their driver points from the Rolex 24 at Daytona, although it’s unclear if the team points will transfer over to the new entry.

The longtime co-drivers faced a near-identical situation two years ago when Level 5 Motorsports withdrew following Daytona and resulted in Sweedler and Bell taking their Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 to AIM Autosport for the remainder of the season.

They ended up finishing fourth in the GTD championship that year, winning the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.

For Sebring, it’s believed Sweedler and Bell will be joined by Lamborghini junior driver Richard Antinucci, who had teamed with the duo at Daytona alongside Edoardo Piscopo.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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