Workforce effort pays off for Scuderia Corsa at Petit Le Mans
Scuderia Corsa’s path to its second Petit Le Mans victory was a collective triumph for drivers Cooper MacNeil, Jeff Westphal and Alessandro Balzan. A remaining go for the GT Daytona class lead by Westphal got here within the chicane with 40 minutes remaining, however he mentioned that was simply the icing on the cake.
“It was an actual crew effort right this moment,” Westphal mentioned. “Cooper and Ale did an ideal job all race preserving the automotive in entrance of the sphere. I simply occurred to be the one which closed on the finish. The Scuderia Corsa guys had the WeatherTech Ferrari hooked-up on the finish. They put the automotive right into a window the place it could be good when it bought chilly at night time. The colder it bought, the higher the automotive bought. It was a pleasure to drive.”
The win was particularly significant for Balzan, who returned to Scuderia Corsa for the primary time for the reason that Rolex 24 At Daytona in January. Whereas Balzan is a two-time IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar champion, he had by no means gained at Petit Le Mans.
“I want to dedicate the win to Nina, my girlfriend; her dad handed away a couple of months in the past,” he associated. “I’m so grateful for David and Cooper MacNeil of WeatherTech to place me again within the automotive. It’s my fortieth birthday right this moment — that could be a pretty present. This one of many few endurance races wins that I used to be lacking. The automotive was superb. We saved the rear tires on it, and it was an ideal run and an ideal win.”
MacNeil was equally delighted within the crew’s efforts, and to have made the a lot of the alternative the drivers had been handed.
“The crew gave me the instrument, the nice automotive to struggle with, and that’s what I did,” MacNeil mentioned. “We thought we might be good off of the trailer as a result of we had a great automotive for the six hours; boy, had been we unsuitable. We needed to work on it. The Scuderia Corsa guys didn’t complain about something we wished them to do, which was a good quantity of labor. Because of them for preserving at it and dealing onerous.
“It was as much as us to execute in addition to them to carry out on pit stops. We had some contact with some prototypes, however that’s multi-class racing, in order that form of factor occurs. I’m fairly stoked to get my second Petit Le Mans win.”