Scuderia Corsa Readies for Return to IMSA Action on Streets of Detroit

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Returning to action in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Scuderia Corsa and the No. 63 Ferrari 488 GT3 will arrive at the streets of Belle Isle, Detroit, albeit with a last-minute change in driver lineup. With full-season driver Alessandro Balzan undergoing a minor medical procedure last week, both driver and team have elected to bring in another member of the Scuderia Corsa family, Jeff Segal, who will co-drive with Cooper MacNeil for this weekend's two-day event.

Serving as the one-and-only street course for the GT-Daytona (GTD) category schedule, the 2.35-mile, 14-turn circuit is notorious for its attrition and constant driver demands. With concrete barriers lining the circuit, the event leaves little room for error, placing a premium on error-free races determining the victor. In 2014, Scuderia Corsa took victory at the tricky venue, also achieving a podium finish just last year in Detroit.

Jeff Segal joins as a veteran of both the series and team. A two-time champion in the former GRAND-AM GT championship, Jeff was most recently part of Scuderia Corsa's Le Mans winning effort in 2016 and driving the 24 Hours of Daytona with Cooper MacNeil, Alessandro Balzan and Gunnar Jeannette just this year.

For Segal, a return to the team is a welcome one, although under unique circumstances.

"First I of course have to extend my best wishes to Alessandro this weekend. It's not an easy situation to fill-in for someone like this, but I'm sure he'll be back quickly. Scuderia Corsa is a team I've been very comfortable with for a long time, and very much feel like a family every time I return to their paddock.

For team owner, Giacomo Mattioli, hopes are high for a strong weekend ahead.

"Of course we first hope for a quick recovery for Alessandro," stated Mattioli. "Ale is a big part of our organization, and we know he'll be back soon. Detroit always provides a unique challenge for the entire series, but we are well prepared and I'm confident this will be a weekend we can further our position in the championship."

Practice for the Detroit Grand Prix begins this Friday, June 1, with race action taking place the next day at 12:30PM ET. Coverage in the U.S. will be available via FOX Sports 2, while continuous radio and international coverage will be available via, or via the FOX Sports Go mobile app for US viewers.