LAS VEGAS (Aug. 20, 2019) – Scuderia Corsa heads east for the third to the final round of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at VIRginia International Raceway for the MICEHLIN GT Challenge.
The team returns to VIR as a top contender having won the GTD Class in 2015 and finishing inside the top five in both 2017 and 2018. The two IMSA GT classes take to the 17 turn, 3.27-mile circuit for two hours and 40-minutes of sprint racing. Drivers Cooper MacNeil and Toni Vilander focus is to set up a car with plenty of downforce capable of slow and high-speed corners accompanied by elevation changes and a long straightaway.
VIRginia International Raceway is settled inside a 1,300-acre property well known for being impeccably manicured. The track winds its way through the park and past various amenities that are unique to VIR including condominiums, a hotel and restaurants.
VIR was recently chosen as one of Car and Driver Magazine’s top road courses in the United States, and both MacNeil and Vilander can conclude VIR is worth the trip.
“VIR is a true driver’s track. The world class facility has everything a race track should be,” MacNeil said. “The esses in our WeatherTech Ferrari will be flat out at speeds in excess of 150mph. The long back straight leads into a good passing zone where we will look to out-brake the competition. VIR is managed by Kerrigan Smith, a good friend of mine, that does a fantastic job constantly improving the track. I’m looking forward to getting back to VIR and getting back on the WeatherTech podium.”
For Vilander he’s wanting to make quick work of the progress he needs to make at VIR.
“I like VIR, it is a really special place,” Vilander said. “I have had good races there in the past. But our IMSA season has not been easy. We will have to see what kind of speed we will have when we get to VIR. It is nice to have a GT only weekend because there is less traffic to worry about. I would like it better if our GTD Class had a little bit more performance. All the cars are quite heavy and it is proving to be difficult to manage the tires. There are three races to go and we need more podiums and a win as soon as possible.”
Two IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice sessions begin the weekend on Friday, Aug. 23. Final practice and qualifying take place Saturday, Aug. 24 with the GTD Class qualifying session going green at 12:25 p.m. ET. Race day is Sunday, Aug. 25; fans can watch the race live-streamed on IMSA.tv or NBCSN with additional coverage on IMSA Radio. Follow all the action on Scuderia Corsa social media channels: Twitter @Scuderia_Corsa, Facebook at Scuderia Corsa, Instagram at @Scuderia.Corsa.
About Scuderia Corsa.
In 2019, Las Vegas-based team Scuderia Corsa enters IndyCar Series season, including the 103rd Indianapolis 500, after expanding its racing efforts to open-wheel in 2018 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, 2019), 12H of Sebring Podium (2018, 2017), 10H of Petit Le Mans Winner (2018), 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.