Wednesday, September 12, 2018 – Highlands, NJ – Scuderia Corsa driver Frankie Montecalvo, along with co-driver Townsend Bell, scored a top ten finish at last weekend’s Monterey Grand Prix at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. The race marked the penultimate round of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech Championship.
Montecalvo started the race eleventh in class in the #64 Ferrari 488 GT3. When the green flag flew, Montecalvo had to avoid a major incident between a prototype car and two GT Le Mans cars before he could even cross the start/finish line. After two lengthy full course yellows, Montecalvo was finally able to make his first at speed race laps, and quickly worked his way through the field before handing the car over to Bell.
“It’s always a good day whenever you get to race at Laguna Seca. It’s one of my all time favorite tracks because it’s always a challenge, and it’s such a unique circuit that’s a ton of fun to drive,” said Montecalvo.
“I started the race on Sunday, and immediately had to avoid a big wreck on the front straight. We opted for a slightly different strategy and set up for our car to try to optimize the tires for a longer run.”
“Unfortunately, the two lengthy yellow flags at the beginning didn’t help our strategy. We struggled early in the stint to find grip and get the tires in the optimum operating zone. Towards the end of my stint the car really started to come to life, and I was able to overtake some of the cars ahead of me.”
“Townsend did a great job once he took over the car, and was able to move up a few more places. Unfortunately he was hit by another car, which broke one of our valve stems, and we had to make an unscheduled pit stop. He did a great job maintaining a competitive pace and brought the car home clean and within the top ten.”
Montecalvo and Bell finished P9 in the GT Daytona class and gained valuable data in preparation for the final race of the season next month at Road Atlanta.
“I’m happy to come away with a top ten finish. We gained a ton of information about the car, which will definitely help us for Petit Le Mans next month. I have to give a big thank you to the entire Scuderia Corsa team for a job well done, and I cannot wait to get back in the car at Road Atlanta.”
The final round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is the Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. The ten-hour enduro takes place on Saturday, October 13. Be sure to follow Frankie on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with all of his racing news throughout the weekend.