One quarter distance at World Center of Racing
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill), David MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill), Keen (Charleston, S.C.), Shane van Gisbergen (New Zealand) and Jeannette (Salt Lake City, Ut) are running in 15th place in GTD after six hours into the 54th running of the Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona at Daytona International Speedway.
At the drop of the green flag Leh Keen had the wheel of the No. 22 WeatherTech Porsche for the start. Coming to the start from the second row in GTD, Keen quickly realized that the all-new Porsche handled well in the infield, but needed some help on high horsepower friendly high-banks. The team has adjusted on the car's aero during the pit stops, which has taken a little extra time with the goal of getting it right for the next 18 hours.
"The first few laps were interesting," Keen said. "I finally got to see some of the horsepower of our competitors right from the start. The handling of the WeatherTech Porsche in the infield is good. When I get it up on the banking the other cars would just drive right by us. It is still early, long way to go."
David MacNeil took his stint behind the wheel of the black and white Porsche after Keen.
"It is like Mad Max at Thunderdome out there," David MacNeil said. "These drivers are the best in the world and they are fast. The Porsche is a well-engineered car and it is really handling in the infield. The speed differential between our Porsche and the Prototypes is pretty large. They are very skilled and are able navigate their way into the passing zones and get by cleanly. It's really quite impressive. The car is running strong, we seem to be down a little on top speed on the banking, but we will see what the next 18 hours brings."
V8 Supercars star Shane van Gisbergen was third in the WeatherTech Porsche.
"The WeatherTech Racing Porsche is handling well," van Gisbergen said. "It really goes through the infield and then up on the banking we lose some ground. We took some wing out of the car and that helped us a little on the banking, but we still lose some time under full throttle to the other cars. Still early and the car is running strong."
In fourth was Cooper MacNeil.
"I was in there for two and a half hours," Cooper MacNeil said. "The car is running good. Everything was smooth and flawless. I never put a wheel off. A couple of cars spun right in front of me. I navigated around them with no problem. I ran competitive lap times the whole time - mixing with the whole group that was out there. We've got a good WeatherTech race car underneath us. We lost sometime early on. But, we're catching back up now. There's 19 hours to go. There's enough time for anything to happen."
The 54th running of the Rolex 24 Hour At Daytona is being be televised over FOX Sports1 and 2 as well as streaming live on IMSA.tv. Starting on Saturday, January 30, FS1 will carry the opening ceremonies and green flag live at 2 p.m. ET. FOX Sports 2 picks-up at 4 p.m. IMSA.tv will take over at 10 p.m. At 7 a.m. on Sunday, FOX Sports 1 returns, over to FOX Sports 2 at 10:30 a.m. and back to FOX Sports 1 for the finish at 1 p.m.
For more information on WeatherTech Racing, including race recaps, photos and team gear, please visit the official team site at www.WeatherTechRacing.com.
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD (GT Daytona) Class is made up of some the world's most sophisticated cars, including the Porsche 911 GT3 R, Ferrari 488, Lamborghini Huracan, Aston Martin, BMW M6, Viper SRT and Audi R8. All GTD Class cars run on the spec Continental tire.
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Alex Job Racing
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 ten Sebring 12-hour wins.