BRASELTON, Ga., (October 12, 2018) - Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.), Gunnar Jeannette (Salt Lake City, Ut.) and Daniel Serra (Brazil) will start the season finale IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Motul Petit Le Mans from pole on the GTD grid tomorrow.
Serra had the wheel of the No. 63 WeatherTech Racing Ferrari for the 15-minute qualifying session around the 2.5-mile, 12-turn Road Atlanta track located an hour north of Atlanta. The Scuderia Corsa team had the car up to fourth in last nights practice session. The Brazilian was able to post a time of 1:19.695 in qualifying which bested the field for the GTD Class pole.
“This is one of the best tracks,” Serra said. “I really like running here, the last time I raced here was in 2016 with Scuderia Corsa. You really need to have confidence in the car. The first part of the circuit is really on the edge, one mistake and you could be out. The WeatherTech Ferrari is really good, it works well here. In four races I have done, I have three pole positions on different tracks with the Ferrari. Now us drivers have to do our jobs in the race.”
MacNeil is currently fourth in the GTD driver’s points standings. The team is keen to get him to Sunday’s IMSA Night of Champions banquet to take third place honors. It will take 10-hours of competitive driving once the green falls tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. ET.
“We have been trying a lot of different set-up things this weekend,” MacNeil said. “It looks like we have the WeatherTech Ferrari right and Daniel put it on the pole. He had a great lap. Obviously, it is ten hours of racing, but we are starting up front. We will be pushing hard for the win tomorrow.”
“We have a good car for a short run,” Jeannette said. “We have had the tires falling off in short runs, so we have been focusing on the long run set-up of the WeatherTech Ferrari to maximize our tires. Hopefully it works out, we have a good day tomorrow and have our black and white Ferrari on the podium.”
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will travel to Road Atlanta for the season finale Motul Petit Le Mans, October 9-11. The race will be televised live Saturday, October 13, on FS1 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. then transition to FS2 12:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EDT.