MacNeil, Keen, Davis and van Gisbergen running at the top
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - WeatherTech Racing has consistently run in the top five during the first half of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series 53rd running of the Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona. At the 12 hour mark the team is running third.
The driving team of Leh Keen (Charleston, S.C.), Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.), Shane van Gisbergen (Auckland, New Zealand) and Andrew Davis (Athens, Ga.) have driven a flawless race the first 12 hours. The top five cars in the ultra-competitive GTD class have exchanged the lead through alternate pit stops. At 11 p.m. van Gisbergen assumed the class lead. At 1:40 p.m. the team took the opportunity under yellow to affix new front brake pads and rotors. Other than the maintenance, it has been gas, tires and the occasional driver change.
"I was in the car for two-hours-and-fifteen minutes," MacNeil said. "There was a lot going on out there during that time. There were three cautions and a lot of fluid on the track. Everybody was driving like there was 20-minutes left in the race. I drove my pace and kept it clean. The WeatherTech Porsche is running strong."
Van Gisbergen got a chance to lead at Daytona.
"I had an awesome stint," van Gisbergen said. "I was able to lead some laps. The car is running really good. I like the way the Porsche is handling. The Vipers are in another league, but we are pretty equal to the others. I had a few good on track battles, but nothing crazy. Long way to go still."
Davis did a double and took the 22 into the early morning hours.
"We are still plugging away out there," Davis said. "There is some poor driving that goes on at this time of night. It was certainly frustrating with the different speed of the classes. You have to be mindful of that and be in control. The WeatherTech Porsche is running really well. The Alex Job Racing guys are doing a great job and we are getting our scheduled maintenance done on time. We are in great shape."
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.