WeatherTech Racing to Start Le Mans on Seventh Row
Le Mans, France, (June 13, 2019) - WeatherTech Racing drivers Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.), Toni Vilander (Kankaanpää, Finland), and Rob Smith (Essex, UK) will start the 24 Hours of Le Mans from the 13th grid position in LMGTAM on Saturday, June 15.
The Le Mans practice week started on Wednesday under questionable weather conditions of rain and cold. Further hindering the track time yesterday was red flags and another dose of rain. The WeatherTech Racing team, under the direction of Scuderia Corsa, took a measured approach to the practice sessions over the last two days to focus on giving the drivers maximum laps under day and night time running. MacNeil, Vilander, and Smith were all smiles at the drop of the checkered flag tonight with the preparation by the team and pace of the black and white Ferrari.
"Toni had the wheel of the WeatherTech Ferrari for our qualifying run and unfortunately, as is the nature of Le Mans, the distance and the traffic he got balked with cars in front, a red or yellow flag and just couldn't complete a flyer," MacNeil said. "The lap time is not indicative of the pace of our Ferrari. We should be in the top five. But, we didn't. We have 24 hours of racing in front of us. The Scuderia Corsa prepared Ferrari is in one piece and the car is running perfectly. We are ready to push for 24 hours straight."
"In the end, after all of the difficulties, the WeatherTech car has the pace," Vilander said. "We did a few more attempts at a fast run than we planned and it didn't work out. At the end of a couple laps, really the last few turns, it just didn't go our way. We know the car has the pace. Cooper just did a couple of laps and is right on the pace, he's ready. Rob is building up the confidence and his last time out he got his lap times down. We have tomorrow off for preparation, small warm-up on Saturday and let's go racing!"
"I loved the last two laps I ran at night," Smith said. "The WeatherTech Ferrari is absolutely immense! We have a great team with Toni and Cooper and we are ready. I just can't wait for the race now."
The 24 Hours of Le Mans will take the green flag at 3 p.m. CET (9 a.m. ET) and will be televised live on MotorTrend TV.