LAKEVILLE, Conn. (July 22, 2018) – Following one of the most exciting rounds during their 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship campaign, Scuderia Corsa and drivers Cooper MacNeil and Gunnar Jeannette would take their second podium of 2018 together with a third-place finish at the historic Lime Rock Park.
Following a solid fifth place qualifying by MacNeil in the No. 63 Ferrari 488 GT3, the race was off to a stellar beginning. Cooper’s stint during the race would continue a strong showing for both driver and team, holding his own throughout the opening hour and engaged in a strong multi-car fight for the top-three.
Handing over to teammate Jeannette, the pace of the team continued to show, with the No. 63 taking an impressive lead as the race closed in on its final hour, setting the team up for one of its best races of the season. As the race continued, the team had a small setback, however, in the race’s final five minutes, an impressive pass by Gunnar moved the car back up to third, finishing in the top-three once the checkered flag waived, with both drivers and crew celebrating their second podium of the year.
With four races remaining in 2018, the team is now excited for a turn in momentum, especially at a series of circuits where optimism is high for a top result.
For Cooper MacNeil, walking away with another trophy is a welcome addition to his season.
“Getting back on the podium in one of the most competitive class’ in North America is always a good feeling,” stated MacNeil. “I put in a good opening stint, keeping the momentum going from the qualifying run. It is easy to go down a lap here with just a small mistake. A big thanks to the WeatherTech/Scuderia Corsa guys for persevering. They have been working hard to get us back up there and it happened today. Now we go on to, what I consider to be, our home track at Road America. We will be locked and loaded for that one.”
For Gunnar Jeannette, a bittersweet enjoyment is shared.
“I unfortunately made it harder on myself than it needed to be,” stated Jeannette. “Cooper did a great job. The Scuderia Corsa guys gave us a good car. We didn’t have the single lap pace, but if you drove it right we had a consistent car over the stint. After I drove off, I had to redeem myself and was able to work my forward and get on the podium.”
For Team Owner Giacomo Mattioli, a new wave of momentum leaves optimism for the final rounds.
“The team executed well, I would like to recognize Cooper’s first stint as he held a strong pace in a pack of Gold rated drivers. As defending champions, we want to carry this momentum onto the next races. You can rest assured that we will fight until the end. Today, we want to dedicate this podium to Sergio Marchionne. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family during this difficult time.”
While the next round of IMSA competition will take place in two weeks’ time at the scenic Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, Scuderia Corsa’s action-packed summer will actually continue in to next week, with the next round of Ferrari Challenge North America taking place at another storied venue, Watkins Glen International. With 11 entries on hand, the team looks to continue another trailblazing season for the championship.
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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