August 23, 2016 (Los Angeles, Calif.) – Leaving one of North America’s classic road circuits with a trophy, the Scuderia Corsa’s Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan now arrive at another classic road circuit looking for more hardware – and to continue building their GT-Daytona championship lead.
Nielsen and Balzan finished third at the previous IMSA SportsCar Championship race at Road America in the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3, scoring their fifth podium finish of the season which also includes two victories. The Road America result also grew their championship lead to 15 points, and they now head to a circuit in which Scuderia Corsa won last season. Last season’s win at VIR helped launch the team to the GT-Daytona championship.
Within the team, anticipation is high for this weekend’s IMSA GT Challenge. With no Prototype or Prototype Challenge classes, the GT classes will headline this weekend’s race at VIR.
“I really like VIR,” said Nielsen. “I think it’s a classic, old-school American circuit. There are corners and quick flow, so you really have to be precise because the track is a bit bumpy in some places. It’s probably going to be a challenge for the team because of the super-long straights. We may face some difficulty in following the other cars, but the team has done a great job with setting up the car.”
Balzan has also enjoyed success at VIR, finishing second in GT-Daytona in a Scuderia Corsa Ferrari in the 2014 race, and he knows full well of the challenges that face the Ferrari this weekend.
“I think we will face a similar issue like we had at Road America with the top speed, but we were able to put together a great race,” said Balzan. “So we’ll have to do something similar at VIR to protect the championship. It will be an easier race with only GT cars, but the GT-LeMans drivers are very, very aggressive so it will be very important for us to manage those situations. We can plan on the team giving us a great car and great strategy, so the rest is up to Christina and I!”
The IMSA GT Challenge will be broadcast live on Sunday, August 28 at 1:30 PM ET on FOX Sports 1 with a live stream for international audiences on IMSA.tv. Qualifying will be streamed live on Saturday, August 27 at 11:50 AM ET on IMSA.tv.
About Scuderia Corsa
2016 24Hours of Le Mans GTE-Am winner, 2015 24Hours of Le Mans Podium, 2015 IMSA GTD and 2013 Grand-AM Rolex GT championship-winning team Scuderia Corsa was founded in 2013 by Giacomo Mattioli and Art Zafiropoulo.
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