WeatherTech Racing drivers Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.) and Jeff Segal (Miami, Fla.) will start the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix from the seventh position on the GTD Class grid for tomorrow’s 100-minute race.
MacNeil and Segal worked through both practices today at the 2.3-mile, 14-turn island street circuit with the Scuderia Corsa team getting the No. 63 WeatherTech Ferrari up to speed. Progress was made in both sessions with MacNeil having an especially strong first practice session.
MacNeil had the wheel of the black-and-white Ferrari for the 12-minute, usually 15, qualifying session and was able to post a time of 1:30.282, his fastest of the day. The time will have he and Segal starting from the fourth row for the 12:40 p.m. ET start.
“I was happy with my qualifying effort,” MacNeil said. “I was able to get up to speed quickly this morning and felt good in the car after the first session. The team worked the data and improved the set-up for second free practice. The qualifying session was cut short due to the threat of weather and unfortunately there were two mistakes during my fastest lap, one of which was my fault. Both mistakes cost about three-tenths, so we would have been P5. Bummed for the team. We’ll get them tomorrow!”
“The WeatherTech Ferrari is working well,” Segal said. “It is always a challenge here at Detroit, because there is a lot of bumps and different track surfaces, which makes set-up tricky. This morning the car was good and gave us confidence. In the second session we found some more speed and ran P2. Cooper did a great job to get us on the fourth row. Track position is very important here. A few tenths makes all of the difference. He has done a great job this year getting the most out of the car.”
Source. Kyle Chura/WeatherTech Racing