ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 4, 2019) - Scuderia Corsa and the No. 63 WeatherTech Ferrari 488 GT3 ran a clean Road Race Showcase at Road America in a two hour and 40-minute sprint race.
Ferrari Factory Driver Toni Vilander brought the No. 63 home in seventh after undertaking every challenge thrown at him by the 4.0-mile track. Vilander steered clear of on-track drama that forcefully retired cars around him to keep his position throughout his stint. WeatherTech Racing Driver Cooper MacNeil put on a show for hundreds of WeatherTech employees and fans in attendance by keeping the competition behind him while fighting for ground as soon as the green flag fell.
Road America was the first time all four IMSA classes had been reunited since early July. The race featured no yellow flags, the second entirely green race in a row for the IMSA WeatherTech Championship. The Scuderia Corsa drivers showed skill and experience by calculating optimum effectiveness during the race.
For MacNeil, he is proud that the team extracted maximum performance from the Ferrari.
“It was a tough day today,” MacNeil said. “That was the maximum we could have done with how the B.o.P is currently. We’ve had a bit of help with the B.o.P over the past few races, but it just isn’t enough. The Scuderia Corsa guys continue to work hard to make the car as fast as they can, but at the end of the day, it just isn’t enough. We maximized the effort today and honestly didn’t have much more for anybody. We can take satisfaction in the fact that we did the best we could, we just need a bit of help, and we’ll be there.”
For Vilander, the team showed pace, but more was needed to push deeper into the pack.
“With the way our car is now compared to the others it is difficult to maintain pace and make moves in the brake zones,” Vilander said. “Cooper did a great job at the start and was with the pace, but to make up track position we needed some yellows today. The performance of the Scuderia Corsa team is good. We will go onto Virginia International Raceway in a couple of weeks with the hopes of a better performance.”
For Team Owner Giacomo Mattioli persistence was vital to staying in today’s race.
“I think our team executed well today,” Mattioli said. “The drivers were pushing throughout their stints to the maximum. However, there was a lack of opportunity to advance or change strategy due to fuel saving. You could not risk an alternate strategy. We now commit our focus to Virginia.”
The next IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round for Scuderia Corsa takes place at VIRginia International Raceway. The MICHELIN GT Challenge at VIR is two hour and 40-minute sprint that features the IMSA GT classes. The weekend takes place Aug. 23-25, for a detailed schedule visit http://imsa.com. 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.