MacNeil and Keen ready Detroit street fight
DETROIT, - WeatherTech Racing drivers Cooper MacNeil and Leh Keen will start from the fifth row in GTD for tomorrow's running of the Chevrolet SportsCar Classic Presented by Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers on Detroit's Belle Isle.
The duo of MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.) and Keen (Charleston, SC) ran limited dry laps on the tight 2.3-mile, 13-turn island park street circuit located in the middle of the Detroit River. The first practice was in the dry and the duo closed the session in seventh. During the second practice session, in the early afternoon, the clouds opened up and the rain fell. The track was dry for qualifying and MacNeil was at the wheel of the No. 22 WeatherTech Racing Porsche. He turned a time of 1:37.080 good for ninth.
"We ran the second session of the day in wet conditions," MacNeil said. "The track lost some grip from the rain, so it was pretty green for qualifying. I was pushing, but being smart about the laps because a hero effort at this track can result in a lot of damage. The Alex Job Racing guys will make some adjustments for the warm-up and we will have a good car for the race."
Keen is looking forward to another wild street race in the Motor City.
"Practice was pretty good," Keen said. "This track is pretty wild. Normally I don't have to do too many laps to get re-acclimated with a track. This morning I had to do a few more laps. Even though they repaved it, there are still a few bumps. This track can be tricky to drive. The race last year was one of the craziest I have ever been a part of. There is also the possibility of rain for the race. Any car in the field can win here. The race is going to be anyone's for the taking. We will have to take advantage of every situation and get up to the front and see if we can win it."
Alex Job, team owner, will have to be strategy ready.
"It is a short event tomorrow, just 100-minutes," Job said. "With our qualifying position we will have to be ready to take advantage of whatever the race brings. There have been incidents in every practice so we will have to avoid those and put ourselves in a position to maximize our finishing positioning."
The race will be televised live on FOX Sports 2, Saturday, 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. and replayed on FOX Sports 1, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET.
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.