WeatherTech Racing Classified Thirteenth at VIR
Alton Va., (August 22, 2020) - WeatherTech Racing drivers Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.) and Toni Vilander (Kankaanpää, Finland) were classified 13th in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship Michelin GT Challenge race at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) today. The team had to retire the No. 63 WeatherTech Racing Ferrari with 50-minutes remaining due to a mechanical issue.
MacNeil had to navigate three early yellow restarts during his stint. He pitted at 40-minutes into the race to take tires and fuel and returned to the track. Soon after the third yellow flew with the WeatherTech Racing Ferrari in fourth. The Scuderia Corsa crew took the opportunity to pit as soon as the race went green again to make the driver change to Vilander over an hour into the race.
With 50-minutes remaining as Vilander was on his in lap for the last pit stop for fuel and tires he reported the car losing power. The team performed the pit service, recycled the Ferrari's ECU and sent him back out. He returned one lap later reporting low power from the engine and took the car to the garage.
"It is too bad that we had the mechanical issue," MacNeil said. "I had a good long stint. The three restarts were pretty crazy. The WeatherTech Racing Ferrari was handling good and running strong. I was turning good lap times. I turned it over to Toni, he had a good first fuel run and then we brought him in for his last stop and he reported the engine down on power. It is too bad. I think we had the strategy and the car for another podium finish here at VIR."
"Cooper had a great opening stint, running more than an hour and restarting three times after yellows," Vilander said. "I got in the car and we were making up ground turning nice lap times and then when we were about to make our last pit stop the engine started to lose power. I pitted, we recycled the engine management system and went back out. It felt like it was not getting boost from the turbo. So, I brought it to the garage and that was it. We had a good strategy playing out for a strong finish, but wasn't to be."
The Michelin GT Challenge at VIR race broadcast will air tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET following NASCAR on NBCSN.
Next up for the IMSA WeatherTech Championship is the Michelin Endurance Challenge Weekend at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Sept. 4-6.