Vasser Sullivan announced today it has added two Rolex 24 winners to its team lineup. Townsend Bell and Oliver Gavin will compete for Vasser Sullivan Racing in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, January 29-31, 2021 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Bell, from San Luis Obispo, California, joins Zach Veach and Frankie Montecalvo behind the wheel of the No. 12 Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 entry for the 2021 Rolex 24. This will be his seventh Rolex 24. Bell is the 2015 IMSA GTD Champion, the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona GTD winner and the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans winner in the GTE-AM class. In 2019, Bell co-drove the Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 to a second place finish in the team’s Rolex 24 debut. Bell competed in 10 Indianapolis 500’s with a best finish of fourth in 2008 in a Jimmy Vasser owned car.
Gavin, a resident of Northampton, United Kingdom, will join Jack Hawksworh and Aaron Telitz as co-driver of the No. 14 Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 entry. Gavin has captured 49 IMSA victories, five IMSA Championships (2012-2016); a win in the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona in the GTLM class (won by 0.034 closest ever class finish); and five Le Mans 24 Hour victories (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2015).
The announcement of Bell and Gavin follows prior announcements that Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz will be the full-season co-drivers of the No. 14 Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 and Frankie Montrecalvo and Zach Veach will be the full-season co-drivers of the No. 12 Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3.
All six drivers will participate in the ROAR Before the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway, January 21-24, 2021.
Vasser Sullivan will announce its final 2021 IMSA roster in the coming days.
Vasser Sullivan Racing:
“We are super excited to announce that Townsend Bell and Oliver Gavin have agreed to drive Vasser Sullivan Lexus entries at the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Both are extremely experienced, veterans of sports car racing and the Rolex 24 and have shown they are winners. We look forward to their contributions to the team as we pursue a win in the GTD class in this prestigious and historic race.”
“I’m very happy to be competing for the Vasser Sullivan Lexus family in the 2021 Rolex 24 at Daytona. We’ve had a lot of success there, including finishing first and second last year in the Daytona sprint race and placing second in the team’s debut at the Rolex 24 in 2019. We are all committed to continuing and building on that success and I am looking forward to driving again with Frankie (Montecalvo) and working with Zach Veach as he transitions to sports cars.”
“I’m quite pumped to be joining Vasser Sullivan for the Daytona Rolex 24 and I’m excited to compete in the GTD class taking on the challenge of trying to win another Rolex! I’m joining a great driver lineup with Jack (Hawksworth) and Aaron (Telitz) in the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 and will be looking for my 50th win in IMSA; I can’t wait to get started! Really looking forward to driving the Lexus, and big thanks to Jimmy and Sulli for having me on board to compete in the Rolex 24.”