08-31-13

MacNeil and Bleekemolen Second in GTC at Baltimore

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BALTIMORE - Cooper MacNeil and Jeroen Bleekemolen finished today's running of the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Baltimore second in GTC.

MacNeil (Hinsdale, ILL) had the wheel of the No. 22 WeatherTech Racing Porsche at the start. When the green flag flew for the two-hour race, MacNeil, having made a deal with his GTC competitors, chose to hang back at the start and that is exactly what was needed. At the start a seven car pile-up blocked the track just after the chicane, causing the 20-year old University of Colorado at Boulder student to stop completely on the circuit. Following a 75-minute race stoppage, MacNeil took the second start, again avoiding a crash, this time in Turn Seven. He went on to get a near 15-second gap running in first by the time he turned over to teammate Bleekemolen (Monte Carlo) on lap 14. Bleekemolen took over in third and drove up to second to take the checker.  

"We made a gentleman's agreement with the rest of the GTC drivers to hang back a little at the start," MacNeil said. "It worked out, the whole GTC field stopped. It was a long red flag sitting out there in the heat. The restart was crazy again, I was able to make it through the inside of Turn Seven and get a good gap when I turned the car over to Jeroen in the lead. In a heads up fight we had the speed on the Lizards, but they aren't running for the championship in that car. So a great points day for us."

Bleekemolen gives full credit to teammate MacNeil.

"It was a perfect race for us," Bleekemolen said. "We were absolutely flying. A lot of guys were short cutting the last chicane, but I wanted to bring the car home in great shape. We finished second, but we gained in the points. Cooper did a great job to avoid two crashes and give me the car with a nice gap that allowed us to do our driver change under green. He was definitely the star of our weekend."

Alex Job, team owner, is happy with the finish.  

 

"Cooper did a great job to not get caught up in the two crashes at the start," Job said. "We were questioning his deal with his GTC competitors about hanging back a little at the start, but it proved to work out for whole class. When he went to the inside in Turn Seven during the second crash it was another good move."

The American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Baltimore will be televised on ABC, tomorrow, Sept. 1 at 12:00 p.m. EDT on ABC. The series will travel to the Circuit of the America's in Austin, Texas for round eight at the Circuit of the America's to run Sept. 19-21.  

 

Alex Job Racing is one of the most successful teams in sports car racing with 70 wins (since 1995); including two Rolex 24 GT Class wins in 1999 and 2013. 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 nine Sebring 12-hour wins.  

 

The ALMS GTC category is specific to 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.

 

WeatherTech Racing 2013 ALMS GTC Results

Event

Drivers

Qualify

Finish

Sebring

MacNeil

Bleekemolen

Von Moltke

2

1

Long Beach

MacNeil

Bleekemolen

1

4

Laguna Seca

MacNeil

Bleekemolen

1

3

Lime Rock

MacNeil

Bleekemolen

2

5

Mosport

MacNeil

Bleekemolen

1

1

Road America

MacNeil

Bleekemolen

6

2

Baltimore

MacNeil

Bleekemolen

1

2


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FloorLiner MacNeil Automotive, headquartered in Bolingbrook, Illinois, has long been recognized by the discerning automotive enthusiast as a supplier of accessories of unparalleled quality. In addition to the WeatherTech brand, the company supplies products to many automobile manufacturers (OEM) as an original equipment supplier. In fact, MacNeil currently supplies accessories to all four German manufacturers of luxury automobiles as well as a host of other automobile manufacturers worldwide! More information can be viewed at www.weathertech.com.

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