Vasser Sullivan Racing has announced it will field former Rolex 24 winners Oliver Gavin and Townsend Bell in its Lexus GTD lineup in this month’s Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.
For veteran Gavin, the move marks a new phase of his racing career after 17 years with Corvette. He took 49 wins in IMSA competition, including a Rolex 24 GTLM win in 2016.
Gavin will team up with Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz in the #14 Lexus RC F GT3.
“I’m quite pumped to be joining Vasser Sullivan for the Daytona Rolex 24, and I’m excited to compete in the GTD (GT Daytona) class taking on the challenge of trying to win another Rolex,” Gavin said. “I’m joining a great driver lineup with Jack and Aaron 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!”
Bell, meanwhile returns to the team he has competed with in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship for the past couple of seasons. The former IndyCar driver holds one Rolex 24 victory, when he won the GTD class in a Ferrari in 2014.
In the #12 Lexus RC F GT3, Bell will race alongside former Andretti Autosport Indycar driver and IMSA newcomer Zach Veach and re-unite with Frankie Montecalvo, who he’s been partnered with since 2019.
“I’m very happy to be competing for the Vasser Sullivan Lexus family in the 2021 Rolex 24 At Daytona,” Bell said. “We’ve had a lot of success there, including finishing first and second last year in the Daytona sprint race (in July) 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 and working with Zach Veach as he transitions to sports cars.”