WeatherTech Racing has announced that it will be teaming up with 2017 IMSA GTD champion Scuderia Corsa, for a GTD class effort in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2018 with a Ferrari 488 GT3.
Double GTD champion and Scuderia Corsa regular Alessandro Balzan will continue racing with the team, and will be joined by Cooper MacNeil in the car for next season. MacNeil takes the seat filled the past two years by Danish racer Christina Nielsen, who is currently investigating options on both side of the Atlantic for a programme in 2018.
The duo will be joined by American drivers Gunnar Jeanette and Jeff Segal for the 2018 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.
“We raced this year with Scuderia Corsa at Le Mans and finished third co-driving with Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell,” MacNeil said. “I also race the full season of Ferrari Challenge with them and am in the hunt for the championship with two races left. It was a natural for us to transition into the Ferrari with our experience with the brand this season.
“I am looking forward to driving with Alessandro and we will be looking to equal the success the team had this year in IMSA and finish a couple places better at Le Mans too.”
This is not MacNiel’s first drive with Scuderia Corsa. DSC readers will note that the Ferrari Challenge regular competed with the team at Le Mans this year (featured) in a WeatherTech-liveried Ferrari 488 GTE in the GTE Am class as part of Scuderia Corsa’s two-car effort.
The 2018 IMSA WeatherTech Championship will kick-off with the traditional Roar Before the 24 weekend at Daytona International Speedway, Jan. 5-7 in preparation for the season opening Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona, Jan. 25-28.