MacNeil, Keen, Davis and van Gisbergen having strong first quarter
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - WeatherTech Racing is currently running in ? place in GTD six hours into the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series 53rd running of the Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona.
Leh Keen (Charleston, S.C.) had the wheel of the black-and-white No. 22 WeatherTech Racing Porsche for the start of the twice-around-the-clock classic. Taking the green from his fifth row qualifying position, Keen was able to make up five positions before handing it over to Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.) for the second stint. Shane van Gisbergen (Auckland, New Zealand) was third in the car and Andrew Davis (Athens, Ga.) drove the fourth stint. The WeatherTech Racing team has been running consistently in the top five as the GTD runners cycle through pit stops.
"It was a good start," Keen said. "The car felt really good. It was a clean start for me and made up a couple of positions. I got to see what the other guys were working with. As far as the Porsches go, I felt like we were definitely one of the best Porsches. It looks like some of the other cars are real fast. The Viper looks really fast and some of the other cars. We were keeping is really safe. The car felt great - mechanically. Now, we can get into the groove a little bit."
MacNeil had a strong first run.
"My first stint went well," MacNeil said. "I got stuck behind a couple of slower cars and I was able to get by them pretty quickly. I just put my head down and worked on the next car and the next. I was able to get the next car and brought the car back to the pits in the top five. The car feels good and it was an eventful first run. Shane is up next."
Van Gisbergen had a nice easy start to his Rolex 24.
"My first stint was nice and 'crusie'," van Gisbergen said. "I was able to settle in pretty quickly and turn some nice laps. The WeatherTech Porsche is easy to drive. I brought it back in second place, so that is pretty good. Long way to go. I am going to rest up and get ready for the next one."
Davis isn't used to waiting for the wheel.
"It was good," Davis said. "I am used to starting these races. So having to wait three or four hours to get in the car and get going takes some getting used to. It took me a few laps to find my rhythm. The WeatherTech Porsche is running really well. I was able to click off some good lap times and keep us in the top five and top three at the end."
The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Rolex 24 At Daytona is being broadcast on FOX Sports 1 from 8 - 10 p.m. and then then from 10 p.m. - 7 a.m. it will stream live at IMSA.com and return to FOX Sports 1 for the finish from 7 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. IMSA Radio will carry the entire broadcast, link at IMSA.com.
The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GTD (GT Daytona) Class is made up of some the world's most sophisticated cars, including the Porsche 911 GT America, Ferrari 458, Aston Martin, BMW Z4, Viper SRT and Audi R8. All GTD Class cars run on the spec Continental tire.
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 five championships (GTC 2013, 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.