WeatherTech Racing Finishes Fifth at Daytona
Daytona Beach, Fla., (July 4, 2020) - WeatherTech Racing drivers Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.) and Toni Vilander (Kankaanpää, Finland) raced to a fifth place finish in today's running of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship WeatherTech 240 at Daytona International Speedway.
MacNeil had the wheel of the No. 63 WeatherTech Racing Ferrari 488 Evo for the 15-minute qualifying session. He was able to post a time of 1:47.595 good for a fifth place starting position on the GTD grid.
Following qualifying an afternoon weather system blew into the area delaying the start of the race by 40-minutes. MacNeil started the Scuderia Corsa prepared Ferrari on slick tires in treacherous conditions. He was able to maintain a strong pace as the track began dry moving up to second position at the handoff to Vilander after a 75-minute stint. Vilander took over and posted some fast laps to bring the red, white and blue stripped WeatherTech Ferrari home in fifth place.
"Tough finish for us today, we were poised to have a good weekend," MacNeil said. "Qualifying was close on the time sheet, but we finished where we started. We gave it everything we had. It was tricky conditions at the beginning. I focused on keeping the car in winning condition for Toni on dry tires on a wet racetrack with everything pointed in the right direction. We had no mechanical issues and we come away with the WeahterTech Ferrari in one piece with some good points. Long season still to go."
"We unloaded really good on Friday," Vilander said. "We were the fastest in the first practice. Cooper did a great job in qualifying, all of the GTD cars were close. We made the decision to start on slicks. Cooper really had his hands full and did a fantastic job to keep the WeatherTech Ferrari on the track and in a competitive position. When I got in we just couldn't match the pace of the Lexus and Acura cars today. We will go to Sebring where we have run well in the past and look to keep improving."
The series will stay in Florida for the next round in two weeks with the running of the Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring, July 17-18.