WeatherTech Racing Porsche Fourth at Daytona at Six Hours
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 26, 2013) - The WeatherTech Racing Porsche has been a fixture at the top of the running sheet since the drop of the green flag six hours ago at the GRAND-AM Rolex 24 Hour At Daytona. The team is currently in fourth position in GT.
Drivers Jeroen Bleekemolen (Monte Carlo), Cooper MacNeil, (Hinsdale, Ill), Damien Faulkner (Ireland) and Marco Holzer (Germany) have all put in time behind the wheel of the WeatherTech Porsche.
Bleekemolen started the white and black Porsche from the seventh row in GT. The winner of the Dubai 24 Hour two weeks ago put in a triple stint to start the race.
"Half way through my run something was waving to me through the back window, it was a corner of the rear bumper that had come loose," Bleekemolen said. "Luckily the guys could just tear it off. No harm done. I never felt someone touch me, but I must have got tapped early in the race. Also at the start the shift lights stopped working. That affected me a little on the banking, because you want to shift at exactly the right moment. At the beginning a lot guys were really aggressive when they didn't need to be. We survived the start. During my third stint I was able to close the gap to the front cars. I was running with my friend Sean Edwards in the 30 car and we drafted around making up good time on those in front of us."
Bleekemolen handed the wheel to Porsche Factory Driver Marco Holzer just after the sun went down.
"The car feels good," Holzer said. "We seem to be losing a lot under braking to the other cars. It is tough when you get stuck behind some of the slower DP cars. Without the shift light, it makes it a little challenging. You just have to pay more attention to the rev limiter."
SPEED Channel will carry live coverage of the Rolex 24 at Daytona on TV and the Internet. Live TV coverage is from 3 to 11 p.m. Jan. 26. During the overnight hours from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. Jan. 26/27, fans can watch the race on the Internet at SPEEDTV.com. Live TV coverage resumes at 9 a.m. through the race finish Jan. 27.
About Alex Job Racing:
Alex Job Racing is one of the most successful teams in sports car racing with 67 wins (since 1995), including a 1999 Rolex 24 GT Class win. This record is supported by 48 pole positions and 106 podium finishes. The team has won four championships (GTC 2012, GT in 2004, 2003 and 2002) complimented by their two GT class wins at Le Mans. The team also boasts eight Sebring 12-hour wins.
The GRAND-AM category suits one of the most popular factory produced racing cars in the world, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Developed for Porsche's one-make series around the world, the new version of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is based on the road-going 911 GT3 RS. The power unit featured in the new 911 GT3 Cup is largely identical to the production engine of the 911 GT3 RS with the same output of 450 bhp and the same maximum engine speed of 8,500 rpm.