WeatherTech Racing Porsche fifth after 12 hours at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 27, 2013) - The WeatherTech Racing Porsche continues to run strong at the front of the GT field and is classified in fifth place at the half-way point of the GRAND-AM Rolex 24 Hour At Daytona.
Drivers Jeroen Bleekemolen (Monte Carlo), Cooper MacNeil, (Hinsdale, Ill), Damien Faulkner (Ireland) and Marco Holzer (Germany) continue to put in strong laps behind the wheel of the WeatherTech Porsche.
Faulkner led the first laps of the day in the No. 23 WeatherTech Porsche when he passed the team WeatherTech Audi for the GT lead at 10:40 p.m.
"I was able to get a good draft and I went by our sister Audi and took the lead," Faulkner said. "I was trying to be as clean and as fast I could. I was focused on consistency and not taking any risks. Things will happen here and there. I was really happy with my stint. David (MacNeil, founder and CEO of WeatherTech) is happy to see both of his car upfront. Cooper (David's son) is in our car, so I think he is cheering a little harder for us at the moment."
MacNeil took over the controls from Faulkner, putting in his first stint of the race.
"The car was pretty good," MacNeil said. "It had a little understeer. I adjusted it out with a bar change. I had minimal practice this week, but I got right in and put in some good laps. It is nice and cool here at night, and the car is running really good. The guys are doing good pit stops and so far we have no real problems. Everyone is driving like it is the last lap. That is how competitive GRAND-AM racing is, especially at Daytona."
At the midnight hour, the Alex Job Racing crew changed brake pads and started the driver rotation over again with Bleekemolen taking the WeatherTech Porsche into the a.m. hours.
"We were able to catch a yellow and get our lap back," Bleekemolen said. "I just wanted to stay out of trouble. When I came in I was right with the leaders. We made the decision to change the brake pads, and that put us back a little. The engine seems to be a little down on power around the banking. But, it stills handles pretty good."
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.