DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 27, 2019) –
Scuderia Corsa and its No. 63 WeatherTech Ferrari 488 GT3 continue to fight through the Daytona 24 Hour after completing 11 hours with Dominik Farnbacher currently seventh.
Cooper MacNeil, Jeff Westphal, Dominik Farnbacher and Toni Vilander are gaining ground on the competition as they maneuver through traffic and steer clear of on-track incident. Each driver has progressed through their stints with two-time Daytona 24 Hour winner Farnbacher currently behind the wheel of No. 63 Ferrari 488.
The Scuderia Corsa pit crew has executed flawlessly thus far into the race, No. 63 Ferrari 488 is running strong.
Drivers Quotes on their latest stints:
“I prefer the car more this evening in the cold weather than I did earlier when it was warmer,” Westphal said. “I really feel like the car is coming into its own as the temperature changes. For what it’s worth it was a good double stint for me, it was nearly two hours. There’s nothing really to report. I had some good battles but was able to keep it clean. There was some pretty hairball driving, but everyone gets crazy when the sun goes down, so we’ll have to just wait and see.”
“It was a good stint. Everybody was kind of driving like it was the last lap. I was just trying to stay alive and run consistent, clean laps. I let the idiots take care of themselves and, sure enough, they did.
“We’re putting the two best rain drivers in the car at the end, which is going to be Dominik [Farnbacher] – who drives in the rain all the time in Germany – and Toni [Vilander], who was born in an ice field. His car control is pretty good. I’m going to get my time done now and let those guys take it to the finish.”
“The car is running great. It’s really drivable – good platform. It’s not really hard to drive. It’s not fatiguing you a lot. It’s actually a good car if we have the same car at the end of the race. Nevertheless, it’s really hard to overtake on the high speed part. We’re lacking a little bit in top speed compared to the others [cars]. But, I think we’re really good on tire consumption. Our rear tires don’t really wear out like all of the others. So, I’m really positive for the end of the race.
“Everybody is fighting hard. I just tried to pace myself and tried not to fight too hard. I’m an experienced driver now. All of the young drivers, they drive like crazy. So, I paced myself, watching from the outside. We want to survive until the last two or three hours and then it’s our time.”
“It was nice to get in the car. I’m not used to waiting so long. It took quite a few hours to get in [the car] and get into the race. The first part of the stint, I was enjoying it. The WeathrTech car’s performance was quite good. We lost a little bit of grip during the stint. In traffic, I was doing well. From our category, it’s difficult to overtake cars in our class. There are many, many factors. They [the cars] have good corner exits and they have good speed in a straight line. It was difficult to find places to overtake. But, apart from that, it was a good stint.
“Everybody is pushing hard, but avoiding contact. Maybe at the end of the race, they’ll push hard and there might be some contact. It looks like the rain will hit hard at some point. It seems like everybody is sort of waiting for the rain as well. We’ll see how we’re performing then.”
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