Detroit, (June 1, 2019) - WeatherTech Racing drivers Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.) and Toni Vilander (Kankaanpää, Finland) did not finish the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix today.
MacNeil started the Scuderia Corsa prepared No. 63 WeatherTech Racing Ferrari for the one-hour-and-forty-minute race. Just 100 yards past the start stand on the first lap the team's race ended with the car in the wall. MacNeil, poised to make-up positions from a tough starting spot, made a pass for position and just arrived at Turn 1 too fast as cars backed-up going through the corner and ended up in the wall. The damage to the car was too severe to continue.
"It was a trying and difficult weekend for us," MacNeil said. "We rolled off the truck and had issues straight away. We tried to persevere. The Scuderia Corsa guys worked their butts off. We had the clutch issue in free practice two which took us out of practice early and affected our qualifying. It got tougher with the race. It wasn't a terrible points day, but we have a lot of work to do on the car before Watkins Glen."
MacNeil and Vilander are on their way to Le Mans, France for the official practice day for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. They will drive the No. 62 WeatherTech Racing Ferrari in the event to run June 15-16.
The IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship will resume on June 30th with the running of the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International.