BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (September 5, 2018) – Serving as the only west coast race for the GT Daytona (GTD) category of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Scuderia Corsa will arrive at this weekend’s penultimate round at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with two entries set to bolster their chances of another podium finish. With the scenic Monterey circuit serving as the home track for a large variety of a Mattioli Automotive Group dealerships and businesses, the team will host over 200 guests to celebrate a weekend of Ferrari heritage and close competition.
Returning in the No. 63 WeatherTech Ferrari 488 GT3, full-season driver Cooper MacNeil will be joined by long-time teammate Gunnar Jeannette. With the duo having earned two consecutive podiums in four outings together, ambitions are high at the site of the team’s last year victory.
Adding to the effort, long-time team driver Townsend Bell will return with Frankie Montecalvo in the No. 64 Ferrari 488 GT3, also focused on a podium finish. Bell re-joins as a veteran of the organization, having previously won both a championship (in 2015) and 24 Hours of Le Mans (in 2016) with Scuderia Corsa, while Montecalvo enters as a proven competitor based on multiple wins and championships in other series.
With Scuderia Corsa acting as a sister organization to four different California-based Ferrari dealerships, as well as a number of affiliated collector and restoration businesses, the team will play host to over 200 Group and partners guests at the event, including partners such as: Hublot, NetJets, Square1Bank, Passtime, PrinterPrezz and MemSQL providing an enthralling weekend of side-by-side racing, exclusive meet-and-greet and Team’s behind the scene opportunities.
For Giacomo Mattioli, a return to the home race is one that he always looks forward to.
“Of course we’re always very excited to return to Monterey,” stated Mattioli. “It was the site of a great victory last year that really put a stamp on our championship, and with Townsend and Frankie joining our full-season lineup at the Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, I’m looking forward to deliver a great show in front of all our guests.”
Practice will begin this Friday, September 7, with the racing taking place on Sunday, September 9. Live coverage can be found on Sunday at 5PM ET via FOX Sports 1 or the FOX Sports GO app for viewers in the US, or via imsa.tv for international viewers
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.
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