09-20-13

MacNeil and Bleekemolen to Start COTA Third in GTC

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AUSTIN, Texas, (Sept. 20, 2013) - Cooper MacNeil and Jeroen Bleekemolen will start the No. 22 WeatherTech Porsche from the second row for the inaugural American Le Mans Series race at the Circuit of the America's (COTA) tomorrow afternoon.

MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill) is a veteran, comparatively, of the new COTA circuit located 20-minutes south of Austin. Bleekemolen (Monte Carlo) is visiting the 3.4-mile, 20-turn undulating road course for the first time. The drivers were greeted with a Texas sized rain storm throughout the day. Bleekemolen had the wheel for qualifying and turned a lap of 2:27.920, in wet conditions, which put the WeatherTech Porsche on the second row of the GTC grid.

"We had hoped to be quick enough for pole, but we came up short," Bleekemolen said. "The balance was good in free practice, but on new wet tires it just didn't work as well as I'd hoped. I am disappointed. If we could have figured the balance out a little better, I could have been on pole. The race will be dry, so we will be ready. The COTA circuit is alright. It is a modern F1 track. The facilities are great. There is so much runoff around the track that it takes a little challenge away from the driver. I like all of the North American circuits, because they are very tight compared to the ones in Europe."

MacNeil has a race weekend under his belt at COTA in the Ferrari Challenge Series.

"My practice laps were good," MacNeil said. "I did all of my laps in the wet this morning. I raced here last November in the Ferrari, so I have a lot of dry running here as well. It will only take me a lap or two in the warm-up to get used to the track in the dry tomorrow. Jeroen did a good job in qualifying under some tough conditions. We are just a tenth off of the pole in third. We have a six point lead in the GTC Championship points. We are here to win, so that is what we will try to do."

Alex Job, team owner, is looking forward to the race tomorrow.

 

"We had some tough conditions today," Job said. "This place can be treacherous in the rain, with all of the paint on the inside and the outside of the turns. Cooper and Jeroen put in a lot of laps today. Jeroen was disappointed with qualifying. He thought he had a pole car, so he is motivated for the race tomorrow, which should be dry."

The American Le Mans Series race at Circuit of the America's in Austin, Texas will run Sept.19-21. The television broadcast from COTA will air Sept. 22 at 1:00 pm EDT on ESPN 2, live streaming can be viewed Sept. 21 starting at 3:45 pm EDT on ESPN 3.com.

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

Circuit of the America's

MacNeil

Bleekemolen

3

 

 

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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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