Toronto, Canada (July 9, 2018) – Continuing a summer “sprint” season for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Scuderia Corsa and the No. 63 Ferrari 488 GT3 would finish eighth. Driving at the famed Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, drivers Jeff Segal and Cooper MacNeil would demonstrate strength and speed all weekend, however a penalty would malign their day.
Following a strong start by MacNeil, the Ferrari would enjoy a great opening series of laps, with MacNeil doing his best to work on the field in front of him, handing off the car to Segal in top-five position. Maintaining a pace consistent with the lead pack, the team would do their best to take advantage of some early caution periods to off-set their pit strategy. Unfortunately, an early penalty would ruin any hope of a stronger result, setting Segal back one lap and with not enough time to gain ground, settling for an eighth-place finish.
For Cooper MacNeil, a well-handling race car still highlights a strong event.
“I had a good stint to open the race,” stated MacNeil. “The WeatherTech/Scuderia Corsa Ferrari was handling well and I had to navigate two restarts following cautions. There was some crazy racing going on all around the track today. I turned it over to Jeff in the top five in GTD. Unfortunately, he ran a stop sign at pit exit and had to come in and serve a penalty which put us down a lap. In these short races with this competition you can’t have those kinds of miscues. We will come back in two weeks at Lime Rock and look for a result.”
For Jeff Segal, the pace of the Ferrari was undeniable.
“A day of what ifs,” Segal said. “We were as fast as the leaders at the end there, just not on the lead lap. The team made some great changes to the car from practice yesterday to the race. We had a really good competitive car. Cooper drove a strong stint and picked up some positions for us. We just got caught out on pit lane. The red light came on, we didn’t see it, didn’t stop. It’s tough, we had a podium car today.”
For Scuderia Corsa Managing Director, Roberto Amorosi, advancing the focus on to the remaining season is critical.
“The key technical development for us all weekend was tire management.” stated Amorosi. “Our Ferrari was quick from the first practice session, but noticed that our pace would fall off worse than many of our competitors over a long run, so we focused the rest of our practice time on forgoing outright pace with tire life. In the heat of the race, we found our setup approach to work very well and had we not had the penalty error that we did, our strategy would have been very strong.”
With the back-to-back series of races behind, the team will now turn their attention to the upcoming Northeast Grand Prix at the historic Lime Rock Park. As the shortest circuit on the 2018 calendar, the excitement never disappoints, with attrition playing a critical role. Official practice begins on Friday, July 20, with race action taking place on Saturday, July 21.
About Scuderia Corsa.
In 2018, Las Vegas-based team expanded its racing efforts to open-wheel, running in the 102nd Indianapolis 500. GT results include: IMSA GTD Champion (2017, 2016, 2015), Grand-AM GT Champion (2013), Pirelli World Challenge GTA Champion (2016), 24 Hours of Le Mans GTE-AM Winner (2016), 24 Hours of Le Mans GTE-AM Podium (2017, 2015), 12H of Sebring Winner (2016), 12H of Sebring Podium (2018, 2017), 6H of Watkins Glen Winner (2016), 6H of Watkins Glen Podium (2017). Championship winning, Scuderia Corsa was founded in 2012 by Giacomo Mattioli and Art Zafiropoulo. Follow Scuderia Corsa on Twitter @Scuderia_Corsa, Facebook at Scuderia Corsa, Instagram at @Scuderia.Corsa and ScuderiaCorsa.com.
Ferrari Beverly Hills / Westlake / Silicon Valley / South Bay - North America’s premiere Ferrari dealership group specializing in new and pre-owned sales, Classiche designation work, collision repair and factory trained service and original parts. WeatherTech - is headquartered in Bolingbrook, Illinois. WeatherTech® has long been recognized by the discerning automotive enthusiast as a supplier of accessories of unparalleled quality. In addition to the WeatherTech® brand, the company supplies products to many automobile manufacturers (OEM) as an original equipment supplier. NetJets – NetJets Inc., a Berkshire Hathaway company, is the worldwide leader in private aviation with the largest and most diverse private jet fleet on earth. NetJets celebrated its 50th Anniversary in 2014, having been established in 1964 as the world’s first private jet charter and management company. In 1986, NetJets pioneered the concept of fractional aircraft ownership–offering i`ndividuals and businesses all of the benefits of whole aircraft ownership and more, at a fraction of the cost. Today, NetJets offers a full range of private aviation solutions through businesses bearing the NetJets®, Executive Jet Management®, and Marquis Jet Card® service brands in North America, Europe, and China. For more information on NetJets customer programs and services, please visit www.netjets.com.
Hublot - A champion of innovation, Hublot revolutionized the watch industry with the introduction of the Big Bang, a multiple award winning timepiece created using a combination of precious metals with rubber. Since then, the Swiss brand has become universally known for the concept, “Art of Fusion.” From in-house watch complications to world-class collaborations, Hublot is constantly evolving and looking to the future. Pacific Western Bank - is a Los Angeles-based commercial bank with approximately $24 billion in assets. The Bank has 74 full-service branches located throughout the state of California and one branch in Durham, North Carolina. We provide commercial banking services, including real estate, construction, and commercial loans, and comprehensive deposit and treasury management services to small and medium-sized businesses. We offer additional products and services through our CapitalSource and Square 1 Bank Divisions. Our CapitalSource Division provides asset-based, equipment, real estate and security cash flow loans and treasury management services to established middle market businesses on a national basis. Our Square 1 Bank Division offers a comprehensive suite of financial services focused on entrepreneurial businesses and their venture capital and private equity investors, with offices located in key innovative hubs across the United States. For more information about PacWest Bancorp, visit www.pacwestbancorp.com, or to learn more about Pacific Western Bank, visit www.pacificwesternbank.com. PassTime - PassTime GPS has been in business for more than 25 years in the global transportation industry. Our wireless GPS products are available to auto dealers, auto finance companies, auto leasing companies, insurance companies and fleet transportation provider’s in the USA, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Middle East and Asia Pacific.
Motegi Racing - through technical partnerships with leading professional racing teams, Motegi Racing Competition and High Performance Tuning wheels are designed and engineered for performance. Motegi Racing is a Wheel Pros brand. Wheel Pros products are sold worldwide in more than 20 countries on four continents and through a U.S. network of more than 10,000 active dealers. AERO Advanced Paint Technology is the world’s only ultra-durable, film-based paint appliqué. AERO is 50 percent lighter than traditional paint, has 100x superior durability, is strip-able, and has virtually zero carbon footprint. AERO the future of paint. Sabelt - leading manufacturer of seat belts and safety harnesses for production and racings cars, race suits, shoes and helmets, carbon seats for automobiles and child restraint systems worldwide. AllState - Allstate Roadside Services strives to provide the industry’s best roadside experience for our partners, their customers and our service providers.
For Media Inquiries, please contact
Picture Credit: Bob Chapman, Autosport Image