SEBRING, Fla., (March 15, 2019) - WeatherTech Racing drivers Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.), Toni Vilander (Finland), and Jeff Westphal (San Mateo, Calif.) will start seventh on the GTD grid for this weekend's 67th annual IMSA WeatherTech SportCar Championship Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts.
Under sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s, MacNeil was behind the wheel of the No. 63 WeatherTech Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 for this morning's 15-minute GTD qualifying session. MacNeil turned his fastest lap of 2:00.974 on his fourth circuit around the 3.74-mile, 17 turn road course.
"For me, the car was pretty darn good," MacNeil said follow qualifying. "I made one small mistake in Turn 17. Then, I caught one car in traffic on my fast lap in Turn 16. That cost us a little bit, which ended up being a spot or two. But still, we're in the top 10 at P7. That sets us up for a good starting position for tomorrow's 12-hour race.
"Obviously, it's 12 hours long so starting position isn't entirely crucial. The farther up ahead we start, the easier our job is. We've got a few cars to pass. But it's a long race and we've got a really good race car. And, the crew is working really hard, doing a good job. We've just got to put it all together.
"I've finished on the podium here [Sebring] three times. I finished P2 twice and won once. Actually, Scuderia Corsa has been on the podium here three years in a row. To bring the team another win here at Sebring, and for me to get my second [win], this time in a Ferrari, would be amazing."
Scuderia Corsa won the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in 2016 and the team finished second in 2017 and 2018.
Drivers will take the green flag at 10:40 a.m. (ET) Saturday, March 16 to start the 67th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The race broadcast starts at 10:30 a.m. on CNBC. Race coverage will transition to NBC Sports from 1 to 3 p.m. and then transition over to NBCSN at 3 p.m. through the race finish.
Fans can also listen to live race coverage on IMSA Radio on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com, with Sebring race coverage also available on SiriusXM Radio Channel 202 (Streaming 972).