Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.) and Alessandro Pier Guidi (Italy) drove to a third-place finish in GTD in today’s running of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America.
MacNeil had the opening stint of the race in the No. 63 WeatherTech Racing Ferrari. On lap two a full course caution flew, bunching the field. On the restart MacNeil had some debris on his tires and as he accelerated to the green, he had some wheel spin and was hit from behind by the Acura damaging the right rear of the Scuderia Corsa prepared Ferrari. The damage caused the bodywork to rub against the tire forcing him to pit under green for repair and a fresh set of Continental tires on lap four. The team made quick work of the repairs and kept the black and white Ferrari on the lead lap. On the next yellow Pier Guidi took over the seat and proceeded to turn fast laps, posting fast race lap, and getting the WeatherTech Ferrari up to third. Cycling through the late race cautions Pier Guidi was running fifth and attempted a pass on the outside of Turn 1 on the No. 33 Mercedes and got pushed wide. He was able to come back and successfully pass the 33 and then some late race drama with other competitors crashing and running out of fuel had him taking the last step on the podium.
Pier Guidi, left, and MacNeil third.
“I had good pace,” Pier Guidi said. “I was overtaking the Mercedes into Turn 1 and he simply pushed me out into the gravel. We lost three positions. That was tough with ten laps to go and it was difficult to recover. I think in the end P3 is more than the maximum we could have hoped for after all of that late race action. It is too bad, we could have fought for the win. But in the end, I think the fans enjoyed the show. Maybe I would have preferred an easier stint, but it is a podium for the home race for WeatherTech.”
“I was coming out of the last corner on the restart and got into some gravel at the exit that was on the track and was sliding around and the Acura hit me,” MacNeil said. “We made some repairs and got back out and I was able to run times equal to the leaders. We were lucky it happened early in the race and were able to comeback. Alessandro was awesome. Thanks to Scuderia Corsa for building a strong car. We got pushed around out there all day and the WeatherTech Ferrari held up well. Alessandro kicked butt, it was awesome, second podium in the last two races!”
The team will head to Virginia International Raceway for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Michelin GT Challenge, August 17-19.
Source. Kyle Chura/WeatherTech Racing