Lakeville, Conn., (July 20, 2019) - WeatherTech Racing drivers Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.) and Toni Vilander (Kankaanpää, Finland) finished 11th in today's running of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park.
Under hot and humid conditions of 95ºF, MacNeil started the race from seventh-place on the GTD grid. Thirty-six minutes into the race MacNeil had to pit the No. 63 WeatherTech Racing Ferrari. The Scuderia Corsa crew went to work to diagnose and fix the white Ferrari as it was stuck in second gear. A change of the steering wheel and reset of the electronics had MacNeil back out onto the 1.4-mile, 7-turn circuit. However, the fix cost the team two laps. Without any caution periods, Vilander crossed the finish line in 11th.
"This weekend the car took a bit of work," MacNeil said. "The Scuderia Corsa crew made a few changes before qualifying that gave me a bit more speed. There was only two-tenths of a second between me and pole which shows how fierce the competition is in GTD. There was that little bit of a gap and I was still eighth. The start of the race was good. The car felt strong. I could battle. Then about halfway through my stint the RPM's spiked and wouldn't go down because I was stuck in second gear. The crew did a great job of getting a new steering wheel to me because that seemed to be the issue. It took two ignition cycles for the new wheel to talk to the car which caused us to lose two laps. Although the car was fine after that, without a yellow we had no way to make up our laps. We had good tire life and brought it home clean which is what mattered. I can't wait to get to Road America, it's my home race. We'll have a lot of friends and employees there so I think it will be great. The team did a great job this weekend and we're ready to keep pushing."
"It was a rough race," Vilander said. "We had troubles during Cooper's stint that set us back two laps. We didn't get any yellow caution periods so we were stuck there to the finish. The heat was intense making it a long stint for me. Let's get to Road America and see what we can do."
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will travel from the shortest track on the schedule to the longest. The next IMSA event will run at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, August 2-4.