JULY 10, 2018
Scuderia Corsa Finishes Top Ten in Challenging Day in Canada
Toronto, Canada (July 9, 2018) - Continuing a summer "sprint" season for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Scuderia Corsa and the No. 63 Ferrari 488 GT3 would finish eighth. Driving at the famed Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, drivers Jeff Segal and Cooper MacNeil would demonstrate strength and speed all weekend, however a penalty would malign their day.
Following a strong start by MacNeil, the Ferrari would enjoy a great opening series of laps, with MacNeil doing his best to work on the field in front of him, handing off the car to Segal in top-five position. Maintaining a pace consistent with the lead pack, the team would do their best to take advantage of some early caution periods to off-set their pit strategy. Unfortunately, an early penalty would ruin any hope of a stronger result, setting Segal back one lap and with not enough time to gain ground, settling for an eighth-place finish.
For Cooper MacNeil, a well-handling race car still highlights a strong event.
"I had a good stint to open the race," stated MacNeil. "The WeatherTech/Scuderia Corsa Ferrari was handling well and I had to navigate two restarts following cautions. There was some crazy racing going on all around the track today. I turned it over to Jeff in the top five in GTD. Unfortunately, he ran a stop sign at pit exit and had to come in and serve a penalty which put us down a lap. In these short races with this competition you can't have those kinds of miscues. We will come back in two weeks at Lime Rock and look for a result."
For Jeff Segal, the pace of the Ferrari was undeniable.
"A day of what ifs," Segal said. "We were as fast as the leaders at the end there, just not on the lead lap. The team made some great changes to the car from practice yesterday to the race. We had a really good competitive car. Cooper drove a strong stint and picked up some positions for us. We just got caught out on pit lane. The red light came on, we didn't see it, didn't stop. It's tough, we had a podium car today."
For Scuderia Corsa Managing Director, Roberto Amorosi, advancing the focus on to the remaining season is critical.
"The key technical development for us all weekend was tire management." stated Amorosi. "Our Ferrari was quick from the first practice session, but noticed that our pace would fall off worse than many of our competitors over a long run, so we focused the rest of our practice time on forgoing outright pace with tire life. In the heat of the race, we found our setup approach to work very well and had we not had the penalty error that we did, our strategy would have been very strong."
With the back-to-back series of races behind, the team will now turn their attention to the upcoming Northeast Grand Prix at the historic Lime Rock Park. As the shortest circuit on the 2018 calendar, the excitement never disappoints, with attrition playing a critical role. Official practice begins on Friday, July 20, with race action taking place on Saturday, July 21.
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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