MacNeil wins Ferrari Challenge, Vilander jumps
Bolingbrook, Ill., (July 28, 2020) - WeatherTech Racing drivers Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.) and Toni Vilander (Kankaanpää, Finland) are ready to take on the team's home track for round four of the IMSA WeatherTech Championship to run at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, July 31-August 2.
MacNeil and Vilander are coming off of a second place run at Sebring two weeks ago. The No. 63 WeatherTech Racing Ferrari 488 Evo should be a threat this weekend around the 4-mile, 14-turn Road America circuit known for its signature turns like the Carousel, The Kink and Canada Corner. The Scuderia Corsa prepared WeatherTech Racing Ferrari with its new for 2020 EVO package should be well suited for the rolling terrain and high-speed turns at Road America.
The duo had an interesting off weekend. MacNeil won both rounds of the Ferrari Challenge series at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Vilander took his first jump out of an airplane skydiving.
The two drivers have made their way into the top ten in IMSA WeatherTech GTD points, second in IMSA Sprint Cup, and are looking for a strong finish at the team's home track this weekend.
"I grew up going to Road America, watching my dad race," MacNeil said. "My first laps there were in 2009. I've driven everything from a showroom stock BMW to a Porsche RS Spyder Prototype around that track. I love Road America. I am also a shareholder in the track. It has been a while since I've won there, last time was in 2012. We have a lot of momentum coming off of the last couple weeks, P2 at Sebring and a couple of wins at Indy last weekend. We've had a BoP [balance of performance] hit, which is unfortunate. It gives us a little more fire in our belly to get back to the top step of the podium this weekend."
Vilander has won at Road America and celebrated his 40th birthday last weekend.
"My last win there was in 2011," Vilander said. "I really like Road America. It is going to be great going back there this weekend. The BoP is unfortunate, we are really running hard and doing our best and we haven't won yet. I was really hoping we would have the same package we have had in the past couple of races. Losing horsepower going into the long Road America is not great.
"Saturday was my 40th birthday and we came up with the idea of going skydiving. I could almost say that I do not enjoy heights. Jumping out of a perfectly operating airplane at 14,000 feet doesn't make a lot sense. But I did it, and after having a celebratory beer a while later I was able to appreciate what we did."
Television coverage of the IMSA WeatherTech Championship round four from Road America will be broadcast on NBC starting at 12: 00 p.m. ET with streams on IMSA.tv and the IMSA TrackPass.
As always, IMSA Radio will have live coverage throughout the race week on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com, with a live race broadcast airing on SiriusXM Radio.