For Immediate Release-
Jeff Westphal was in the Championship winning #63 Ferrari 458 GT3 during the 24HRs of Daytona this year for his race team, Scuderia Corsa. The team Qualified off pole (2nd) which was a great accomplishment, and was set to race for an entire day against some of the worlds best competitors. Cars from Audi, Aston Martin, Porsche, SRT Viper, BMW and other Ferrari’s were all chomping at the bit to stake their claim on the coveted title of victor.
“The race went off with almost no hitch, I had a radio connector issue on my hemet during my first stint which was in place to get fuel consumption numbers under race environment, but once we dodge the bullet of loosing any extra time with missed pit stop ect, the race carried on well.” said Jeff.
The car was running in the top 3, leading at times for nearly 18 hours, when disaster struck the favorites. A slower, lapped car was in the way of Alessandro Balzan, and when Balzan maneuvered to pass the slow car, the driver in the #19 Porsche lost control of his car, colliding with the #63 and broke the steering on Scuderia Corsa’s Ferrari.
“It was a tough deal, we all worked so hard up until that point and in an instant, for no good reason really we were out. Loosing 30 mins. in the garage for repairs while other cars are circulating, you’re not going to win this one. Too many cars are just as sharp as you are, so inevitably there are some that don’t have any issues, and complete all the laps.” commented the young Californian.
The Scuderia Corsa #63 ended up rejoining the race, and finishing 11th, collecting valuable points for the season championship. Looking forward, Jeff is excited for some redemption at the second race of the year, the 12 Hours of Sebring coming up in the third weekend of March, the 14-15th.
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