Bollingbrook, Ill., (September 10, 2019) - WeatherTech Racing drivers Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.) and Toni Vilander (Kankaanpää, Finland) are heading to the penultimate round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the running of the Monterey SportsCar Championship Powered by McLaren at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, September 13-15.
MacNeil and Vilander bring a lot of local experience to this weekend's IMSA WeatherTech Championship round at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. The 2.2-mile, 11-turn circuit located within earshot of the seals in Monterrey Bay is best known for its signature Corkscrew turn. The driving duo, together with the Scuderia Corsa crew, will need a Ferrari that handles and accelerates to get up on the podium again this weekend. So far this season the team has three podium finishes, Sebring, Watkins Glen and VIR, to their credit, but with just two races remaining they want a win.
"I have a lot of laps around WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca," MacNeil said. "It has a great combination of fast and slow turns. The Corkscrew is one of the best combination of corners in the world, a four story drop that takes you downhill to Turn 11. Once you negotiate that final turn that leads onto the longest straight on the track it is literally a drag race from to the entry of Turn 1. We had a good run at VIR, but we want to put a win in the record books this year. Hopefully we can get that done this weekend and head to Petit Le Mans with even more momentum to close the season."
"We have some good momentum after our podium run at VIR," Vilander said. "We also did some testing at Road Atlanta right after VIR, so we are feeling good about the car. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is an awesome track with a lot of sportscar history. It has some cool corners and some good flow so we will need our WeatherTech Racing Ferrari to really handle this weekend. We will have to balance the set-up with the typical tire degradation that comes over the course of a stint. So, fuel and tire strategy will be key as well as a good starting position for the race as it can be difficult to pass there as well."
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Monterey SportsCar Championship Powered by McLaren from WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca will be televised LIVE on NBC starting at 3 p.m. ET, September 15.