Scuderia Corsa Aims to Add to Podium Collection at Road America

Friday, August 2, 2019

Scuderia Corsa returns to Road America with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for another sprint race installment as the team battles for ground in the WeatherTech Sprint Cup.

Scuderia Corsa finished third at Road America in 2018 and 2016. The team will aim to recreate or best those runs August 2-4 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Road America is the longest course on the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule with 14 turns in 4-miles. Precision driving is necessary on lengthy circuits as any additional time to the already long lap majorly slows progress. Scuderia Corsa will focus on being quick out on track and in pit lane to keep lap times as fast as possible.

Road America has long been a fan favorite due to being nestled lakeside in the Wisconsin countryside. The small town of Elkhart Lake provides a vacation-like spot to stay while Road America provides guaranteed thrilling race action. The track is a three-hour drive north from WeatherTech Racing Driver Cooper MacNeil's hometown of Chicago, making it his home track. He and co-driver Toni Vilander intend to make the most of their home-field advantage.

For MacNeil Road America is a second home to which he welcomes friends and family.

"Road America with it being so close to Chicago is of course my home track," MacNeil said. "I grew up going to my dad's races there and always spent time at Road America. So, it really is my home track, its only two hours north of where I grew up. I look forward to getting back there. We received a little extra help with this latest round of B.o.P changes. So, I'm looking forward to having a quick WeatherTech Ferrari. The crew has been working hard to maximize the speed out of the car. We should have a good amount of support from Ferrari next weekend as well. We're going to have a bunch of employees, family and friends out next weekend so it will be a pretty fun event. We need to do well; I'm looking forward to the first practice."

For Vilander Road America brings back positive memories of winning but his focus remains the same.

"Same as Cooper I like Road America," Vilander said. "I think it is one of the best circuits in the U.S. I've won there in the past in ALMS and have also turned many laps there in the World Challenge Ferrari. I like the fast corners, especially the Carousel leading into the ultra-fast Kink. It has been busy weeks for me, just coming off of the Spa 24. But I am ready for a good race in front of a lot of WeatherTech employees and fans that will be there this weekend."

The weekend begins Friday, Aug. 2 with two practice sessions. Qualifying takes place Saturday, Aug. 3 at 1:35 p.m. CT for the GT Daytona Class. Race day is Sunday, Aug. 4; watch the green flag drop on the IMSA Road Race Showcase at 2:35 p.m. on IMSA.tv and the NBC Sports app. The broadcast takes place from 6-9 p.m. on NBCSN.