AUSTIX, TX (March 12, 2018) – Continuing the team’s commitment to driver development, Scuderia Corsa would enjoy yet another successful weekend during the Ferrari Challenge North America “Ferrari Racing Days” at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin Texas. Maintaining a multi-tiered program, the team is also well prepared for this Saturday’s 12 Hours of Sebring, fielding two cars for the 66th annual running of the historic event.
Celebrating Ferrari DNA and heritage in conjunction with competition, this year’s “Ferrari Racing Days” would be held at Circuit of the Americas, with demonstration runs of the exotic Ferrari FXX-K, 599XX and F1 Clienti programs, along with Ferrari Challenge racing.
In the top-ranked Trofeo Pirelli category, Cooper MacNeil would take victory during Saturday’s Race One, while Thomas Tippl would take double victories in Coppa Shell. Also in Coppa Shell, Michael Fassbender would take successive podiums, while Lisa Clark in 458 would take two Ladies Cup wins during the weekend. Brad Smith, Ed Baalbaki, Jim Camp, Mark Fuller, Neil Langberg, and Oscar Arroyo-Paredes would also show well in Coppa Shell, and Darren Enenstein, Mike Heagerty, and Rich Papapietro in the 458 Challenge class. The team’s strong showing would also net double Coppa Team Cups wins for the strong results.
Transitioning to the top-level IMSA ranks, Saturday’s 12 Hours of Sebring will once again test the team in the highly competitive GTD category. Bringing two cars, the No. 63 Ferrari 488 GT3 of Cooper MacNeil, Alessandro Balzan and Gunnar Jeannette will be joined by the No. 64 of Bill Sweedler, Frankie Montecalvo, and Townsend Bell. No stranger to success at the Florida circuit, the No. 63 won the 2016 ‘12 Hour’ in addition to the last three consecutive championships.
“With 13 entries at Circuit of the Americas, the team has continued to prove their incredible depth in personnel,” stated Mattioli. “It’s great to enjoy another weekend with several victories, but more importantly knowing that all of our drivers were well taken care of. Transitioning to Sebring, both cars are truly in a position to perform well, and I’m certain both will fight to bring even further success to Ferrari at such a notable venue.”
Practice for the 12 Hours of Sebring will begin this Thursday, March 14, with the race on Saturday, March 17. Coverage in the U.S. will being on FOX Sports 1 at 10:30AM ET, followed by FOX Sports 2 at 12:30PM, and the closing five hours at 6PM on FOX Sports 2. Continuous radio and international coverage will be available via imsa.com, or via the FOX Sports Go mobile app for US viewers.
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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