WeatherTech Racing drivers Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.) and Toni Vilander (Kankaanpää, Finland) will start the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Michelin SportsCar GT Challenge at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) from the fifth row.
The team was greeted at the track this morning with rain which stayed in the area through qualifying. As the 15-minute session began to set the grid for tomorrow’s two-hour-and-forty-minute race took the green the light rain began to stop. The Scuderia Corsa managed team decided to go out on rain tires as the track was still wet. MacNeil put in a lap of 1:58.823 good for a tenth place starting position for Sunday’s 1:35 p.m. ET start.
“We made the right choice with the rain tires for qualifying,” MacNeil said. “I was able to put in a couple of good laps while the track was still wet and then as the session went on it started to dry. I had a slight spin in Turn 3 in the WeatherTech Ferrari, but was able to keep it on the track. As the track dried, we just couldn’t get the power down. We were fast yesterday in the sunshine running fourth both practices, so we have a good dry set-up for the race tomorrow.”
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Michelin GT Challenge from Virginia International Raceway will be televised on NSCSN starting at 1:30 p.m., August 25. Fans can also listen live on IMSA Radio.