BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (July 18, 2017) – After extending their championship lead during the most recent round in Canada, Scuderia Corsa and the No. 63 Ferrari 488 GT3 will head to this weekend’s eighth round of the IMSA GTD Championship at Lime Rock Park in search of bolstering their title campaign for the team, drivers, and strengthen the Manufacturer title lead for Ferrari.
After six consecutive podiums in seven races, drivers Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan will head to the shortest track of the year with an emphasis on avoiding the calamity that is inherent in the upcoming race. As a 1.5-mile circuit with little in the way of straights, the track is infamous for its high rate of incidents as competitors due everything they can to pass each other without traditional straightaways to make it happen.
A 60-year old track rich with history, Lime Rock Park also served as the backdrop for the team’s first-ever championship, playing host to the 2013 season finale where the team took a dramatic finish to clinch the series title. Unique to this weekend, the event will also mark the first “GT only” race of the season, with no prototypes taking part in the race.
For driver Christina Nielsen, consistency will remain key in their campaign.
“I like Lime Rock a lot,” stated Nielsen. “For me it’s the essence of a traditional American track. You don’t need to discuss track limits, you need to be very fast because there’s not a lot of run-off area, it’s just the track, curbing and grass. It’s quite challenging because there’s no place to rest, you’re always turning, and the lap is just under one minute. We had a good pace last year, the car was good, so hopefully we’ll be in a strong position this year with the setup of the car and how it handles.”
For team owner Giacomo Mattioli, the team’s championship campaign will come through continuity.
“We’ve enjoyed an incredible season so far,” stated Mattioli. “Taking the lead in the Manufacturer’s Championship for Ferrari on their 70th Anniversary has been especially significant, and we look to keep this momentum at Lime Rock.”
As a two-day show, official practice begins this Friday, July 21, with race action taking place on Saturday, July 22. Television coverage begins on FOX Sports 2 at 3PM ET, and will be streamed live in the U.S. in its entirety on the FOX Sports GO app with FOX authentication, and also will be broadcast live from flag-to-flag on IMSA Radio via IMSA.com, RadioLeMans.com and SiriusXM Radio.
About Scuderia Corsa
2017 Le Mans podium, 2017 6H of Watkins Glen podium, 2017 12H of Sebring podium, 2016 IMSA GTD Champion, 2016 24Hours of Le Mans GTE-Am winner, 2016 6H of Watkins Glen Winner, 2016 12H of Sebring Winner, 2016 Pirelli World Challenge GTA Champion, 2015 24Hours of Le Mans Podium, 2015 IMSA GTD and 2013 Grand-AM GT championship-winning team Scuderia Corsa was founded in 2013 by Giacomo Mattioli and Art Zafiropoulo. Follow Scuderia Corsa on Twitter @Scuderia_Corsa, on Facebook at Scuderia Corsa, Instagram at @Scuderiacorsaferrari and ScuderiaCorsa.com
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