For Immediate Release -
September 28 Championship weekend was destined to come to a close Saturday afternoon, with potentially 3 teams in the hunt for the 2013 crown. Westphal of previous races with Scuderia Corsa was called in with stand in regular, Johannes Van Overbeek to drive the #64 sister Ferrari 458 Gt3 for this final event to support the 63 car in their championship quest.
Qualifying 6th place, and immediately snagging 5th position from one of the competing Camaro’s, Westphal started to aid the team protect the championship and make progress with the competition. “I knew I was there to support Alessandro in his quest for the title, so my job was to keep as much space between his car and that of unsavory or careless racers in other cars. In light of what transpired in Laguna Seca, I knew it may come down to taking a hit for the 63 if the race became a war of assets, but was hoping to not get into that and keep it clean.” Explained Jeff.
Midway through the 2 Hour 45 Minute event, Westphal led the race with the 63 in tow after “the power move” pass on the Championship competitor #57 Stevenson Camaro into Turn 1 and opening the door for his 63 car team-mate.
“I was saving fuel almost the whole race to offset our pitstops so we didn’t run into a logistical issue with the two cars in pit lane, yet pushing when necessary to open up the options of the remainder of the race. It really was one of my better drives with command and control of the race from the first minute, and I’m happy to be able to help the team win the championship in their first season. What and accomplishment! I’d like to thank Ferrari North America, Giacomo, Art, Roberto, the Crew and of course my teammates Balzan, Leh, and Johannes, it’s been a great year and heck of a way to finish.” said Westphal. When the smoke cleared, Scuderia Corsa ended up 2nd and 3rd at Lime Rock Park on Saturday afternoon, also making that the first double podium for the team.
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