LOS ANGELES, Calif. (October 10, 2017)- Expanding a collaboration that began with the Ferrari Challenge series and continued through the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans, Scuderia Corsa and WeatherTech Racing are proud to announce a full-season campaign for the 2018 IMSA GTD Championship in the famed No. 63 Ferrari.
Corsa in the Ferrari Challenge series, as well as a podium finish with the team during this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Cooper MacNeil will be joined by Alessandro Balzan, reigning series GTD Champion and 3 time IMSA championship winner, behind the wheel of the No. 63 Ferrari 488 GT3, carrying the legendary tradition of the No. 63 entry.
For Giacomo Mattioli, Team Owner of Scuderia Corsa, the opportunity to expand the relationship with WeatherTech is one the organization relishes in.
“We’re very happy to have Cooper racing in the No. 63 next year in the IMSA Championship,” stated Mattioli. “We are having a great season with him in the Ferrari Challenge series and I’m confident that he and Alessandro will be contenders in 2018. The addition of WeatherTech is a great recognition of our efforts with this expanded partnership and look forward to another successful season”
For Cooper MacNeil, a return to the team that brought his first Le Mans podium is one he is excited for.
“We raced this year with Scuderia Corsa at Le Mans and finished third co-driving with Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell,” MacNeil said. “I also race the full season of Ferrari Challenge with them and am in the hunt for the championship with two races left. It was a natural for us to transition into the Ferrari with our experience with the brand this season. I am looking forward to driving with Alessandro and we will be looking to equal the success the team had this year in IMSA and finish a couple places better at Le Mans too.”
While the 2018 IMSA season technically does not begin until the 24 Hours of Daytona on January 27, Cooper will head to Mugello with Scuderia Corsa as part of the Ferrari Challenge Finali Mondiali on October 26-29, competing in the premier Trofeo Pirelli category.
The team would like to thank driver Christina Nielsen for an incredible two years together, with back-to-back titles and three race victories, including the 12H of Sebring last year. Additionally, the team would like to thank Lars Nielsen for his support and personal involvement.
About Scuderia Corsa
2017 IMSA GTD Champion, 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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