This week’s IMSA Petit Le Mans, the final race of the 2017 IMSA SportsCar Championship, will last for ten hours but only two hours and forty five minutes stands between Alessandro Balzan, Christina Nielsen, Scuderia Corsa and the GT-Daytona championship.
GT-Daytona. Balzan and Nielsen will arrive at Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia with a 26-point lead in the season championship. Once the team starts the race, she and Balzan will secure the GT-D championship for the secrisiond straight season in the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 – in the same year that Ferrari celebrates its 70th anniversary. A Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 captured the 2015 GT-D championship, while Balzan and Nielsen captured the 2016 title in a Ferrari 488 GT3. Ferrari also leads the GT-D manufacturer championship entering Petit Le Mans. Balzan and Nielsen will be joined by Matteo Cressoni, who co-drove to second place finishes at the 12 Hours of Sebring and Six Hours of the Glen. The trio also lead the GT-D standings of the North American Endurance Cup.
GT – LeMans. In GT-LeMans, Risi Competizione will look to close out the 2017 season with a repeat of the way they closed out their 2016 season – with a victory at Petit Le Mans. In an abbreviated season, the team has finished on the podium at Daytona, Sebring, VIR and most recently at Laguna Seca. For Petit Le Mans, Giancarlo Fisichella and Toni Vilander will be joined by Ferrari factory driver Alessandro Pier Guidi.