Scuderia Corsa Wins ‘Team to Win’ Award for Strong Effort at Indy; Nominations Following Road America Announced

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Microsoft has presented its eighth installment of the Visual Studio Team to Win Award to Scuderia Corsa, following the team’s performance in the Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The award is given to the team best demonstrating teamwork during each 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race.

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Congratulations to Scuderia Corsa for winning the eighth installment of the Microsoft Visual Studio Team to Win Award. The award was created to recognize exemplary teamwork in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Scuderia Corsa exhibited world-class form en route to an impressive victory in the Brickyard Grand Prix and were rewarded with the prize following a fan vote.

Scuderia Corsa took its second TUDOR United SportsCar Championship victory of the year at the racing capital of the world – Indianapolis Motor Speedway. In winning the Brickyard Grand Prix in the GT-Daytona class, Alessandro Balzan and Jeff Westphal scored their second win of the season and the third in North American endurance racing in the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia. Starting from the ninth position, Westphal moved the Ferrari through the field during the opening stages of the race. When an extended caution came out, the Scuderia Corsa team elected to stop near the end of the caution period – giving up their leading position, but satisfying the minimum drive time requirement for Westphal. The strategy call would enable Balzan to challenge for the lead with an hour remaining. After executing a pass on the leading Porsche, Balzan had enough fuel to make it to the finish with a healthy advantage over the rest of the GT-Daytona field.

Visual Studio, Microsoft’s application development solution, offers unparalleled tools for developers working in a team environment. The “Team to Win” theme that reflects the software’s collaborative development focus has found a great analogy in the tremendous teamwork required of world-class sports car racing. Scuderia Corsa demonstrated teamwork and collaboration throughout the Brickyard Grand Prix and their fans came out in grand style to vote them the eighth Team to Win Award.

The ninth set of nominees, chosen from the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America, demonstrated that spirit of teamwork on one of the North America's most famous circuits.

Round Nine Nominees

1. Risi Competizione

Risi Competizione beat the odds today at Road America and, after starting from 9th place on the GTLM grid, the team took its first victory of the 2014 TUDOR United Sportscar Championship season thanks to a faultless performance under pressure by the drivers and incredibly slick and fast pit work by the entire crew. Giancarlo Fisichella and Pierre Kaffer recorded their first series win in the No.62 Ferrari 458 Italia, taking the checkered flag 1.5 seconds ahead of the No.56 BMW of Dirk Mueller. It is Risi Competizione’s first win since VIR (ALMS) in 2013, and its first at Road America since 2011. In a race which featured no fewer than six full course caution periods and only one hour and 13 minutes of green flag racing (from a 2 hour 45 minute race), the Ferrari performed faultlessly, the strategy worked perfectly, and the drivers held off relentless pressure from hard-charging competitors to bring home an unmarked car to the finish.

2. Turner Motorsport

The No. 94 Turner Motorsport BMW Z4 of Markus Palttala and Dane Cameron inherited the GT Daytona (GTD) pole position for Sunday’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase when the pole-winning No. 007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage suffered an incident in a morning warm-up session. Determined to make up for a 15th-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Palttala and Cameron took advantage of the situation, combining to win their third race of the season in the GTD class. The win marks the increasingly successful duo’s third victory and fourth podium of the 2014 Tudor United SportsCar Season. The win also extends Turner Motorsport’s impressive podium streak at the 4.048-mile, 14-turn “National Park of Speed” to three as the blue and yellow of Turner have become a familiar site atop the podium at Road America with a double podium in 2013 and a second place finish in 2011.

3. Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian

It was a big day for Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian as John Pew and Ozz Negri scored a strong podium finish in the No. 60 Ford EcoBoost/Riley with a run to second place in the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America in Round 10 of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Pew opened the race from seventh on the grid and stayed in the top-10 through his stint, which included a pair of very hectic restarts. Working to use his tools in the car to keep up with the changing balance, Pew was able to hold his ground before turning the car over to Negri, who returned to the pack 11th in the order. Making the most of good pace, and then some outstanding strategy from the Michael Shank Racing engineers, Negri was in podium position for two final restarts ahead of the checkered flag. He made the most of the final restart to snag second place, giving chase to the winning Corvette all the way to the checkered flag.

4. JDC MotorSports

JDC MotorSports and drivers Chris Miller and Stephen Simpson scored the team’s first podium of the year with a third-place finish in the Prototype Challenge (PC) class and 11th overall in Sunday’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America in the No. 85 JDC-Miller LaModerna/Red Line Oil ORECA FLM09. With a challenging practice and qualifying behind them, driver Chris Miller started from ninth in class and showed great speed at the start of the race keeping in touch with the lead cars in his opening stint. He was able to make up several positions and avoided trouble in a hectic opening hour of the race which saw several incidents causing multiple full course yellows. He handed the car over running 3rd in class by the time the first round of pit stops came at the one-hour mark to co-driver Stephen Simpson. Simpson, having never driven at Road America, used extra caution at the beginning of his stint to preserve the car for the end of the race in an incident strewn event that saw more than half of the race slowed by six yellow flags. While driving mistake free, Simpson was fast when it counted and got closer and closer to the 1st and 2nd class running cars during the final laps with a podium in clear sight. At the end closing Prototype class traffic fighting for positions themselves prevented a final attack for an even better finish and Simpson settled for 3rd.

Fans can vote once per day at the WSJ online edition.

Voting ends at noon ET, Friday, August 22, 2014.

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