WeatherTech Racing drivers Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.) and Jeff Segal (Miami, Fla.) finished fifth in GTD in today’s running of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix.
MacNeil had the wheel of the No. 63 WeatherTech Ferrari for the start of the 100-minute race on Detroit’s Belle Isle circuit. At the drop of the green he was able to meticulously drive the white-and-black Ferrari through the concrete lined 2.3-mile, 14-turn island street circuit and move up to fourth when he handed the controls to Segal. The veteran Ferrari driver was embroiled in a three-car battle but was able to keep the WeatherTech car in the top five and brought it to the checkered flag without a scratch.
“Decent finish for us today in Detroit,” MacNeil said. “It is also a good points day. The car is in one piece and that is good. Jeff had a strong finish for us to bring it home in fifth. I just picked my spots during the race and wanted to make sure I delivered Jeff a good car with all four wheels pointing in the same direction. I wanted to have a clean run and make up some positions and that is what I did.”
“Fifth place is pretty good here,” Segal said. “It is very difficult to pass here, Cooper did a great job to get up in the top five. To improve two positions from qualifying is a good result for the weekend. The Scuderia Corsa guys did a great job easing my transition back into the car. Alessandro (Balzan), I know wants to be driving, but he was vital to the performance of the team this weekend.”
The duo are leaving for the airport to take a flight over to France for the official practice of the 24 Hours of Le Mans where they are joined in the No. 84 JMW/WeatherTech Ferrari by Brit Liam Griffin.
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will take a little break for Le Mans and return to action at Watkins Glen, June 29 – July 1.
Source. Kyle Chura/WeatherTech Racing