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Veach Joins Vasser Sullivan Alongside Returning Montecalvo

Townsend Bell replaced by Zach Veach in No. 12 Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3…

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NTT IndyCar Series driver Zach Veach will make the full-time switch to sports car racing, having been confirmed in Vasser Sullivan Racing’s second Lexus RC F GT3 alongside the returning Frankie Montecalvo.

The 26-year-old Ohio native has replaced Townsend Bell in the team’s full-season lineup.

The duo join the previously confirmed Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz in the two-car GT Daytona class operation, which has come fully under the Vasser Sullivan banner for the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

Veach has contested four full seasons of IndyCar competition, most recently with Andretti Autosport, where he posted a career-best finish of fourth at Texas Motor Speedway last year.

“I am thrilled we were able to put this program together,” he said. “Everyone from Vasser Sullivan has been a dream to work with.

“I can’t wait to get to Daytona in January to start what will be a great year with my teammate Frankie Montecalvo in the No. 12 Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 car.”

Montecalvo added: “The 2020 season was a crazy ride full of ups and downs. As a team we had multiple wins, podiums and pole positions.

“Each year I feel we improved, just getting better and better. So I can’t wait to make my third consecutive year with Vasser Sullivan a great one.”

Drivers for the Michelin Endurance Cup races have yet to be named for either car.

“After two seasons with us, Frankie has now become a contender for a pole and/or a win every weekend,” said co-owner Jimmy Vasser. “We expect you’ll see more of this from Frankie in the ’21 season.

“The timing with Zach is perfect as he transitions to the next stage of his career in sports cars after a great run in IndyCar.

“Zach has already shown his commitment to winning by relocating to Charlotte to be closer to the team and cut down his time to get up to speed in sports cars. We look forward to seeing Frankie and Zach being extremely competitive this season.”

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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