WeatherTech Racing drivers Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill) and Daniel Juncadella (Spain) are ready for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship Presented by Motul, April 29-30.
MacNeil and the WeatherTech Racing/Proton team are coming off the first west coast race at Long Beach with a fourth-place finish. The 2.2-mile, 11-turn rolling terrain WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca road course located just over the rise from the Monterey Bay is a driver favorite. The WeatherTech-branded track features one of the most famous turns in all of racing — The Corkscrew.
MacNeil has a lot of laps at the company-branded track from behind the wheel of current GT3 cars, Ferrari Challenge cars, as well as a host of historic machinery as well.
“I have a lot of laps at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca,” MacNeil said. “I’ve won a lot of races there in Ferrari Challenge, one win in a GT3 car in another series, podium last year and in 2019, but would like to win one in IMSA. The track is one of my favorites. There is nothing that really compares in racing to driving up the side of the hill and then the more than five story plunge down through The Corkscrew.
“The track is known to be tough on tires over a stint so we will have to have our WeatherTech Mercedes-AMG with Mercedes-Benz of Billings, Montana car set-up to manage the wear of the Michelin tires.”
Juncadella will be driving the circuit for the first time this weekend.
“I have not raced there yet, but from what I see I already love the circuit,” Juncadella said. “I have driven WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca online many times and it just looks super cool, so I can’t wait to race there this weekend. I think it’s a good track for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 car because it has a good combination of corners and the straights aren’t too long. My favorite part is The Corkscrew and the fast left-hand kink before The Corkscrew.”
Source. Kyle Chura