MacNeil and Keen come from rear for strong finish
MONTEREY, Calif. - WeatherTech Racing drivers Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.) and Leh Keen (Charleston, S.C.) fought back to eighth in today's running of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Continental Tire Monterey grand Prix presented by Mazda at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
MacNeil had the controls of the No. 22 WeatherTech Porsche for the start. Taking the green flag for the two-hour race from 17th position on the grid, MacNeil made some aggressive moves to hand the WeatherTech Porsche over to Keen in ninth position. Keen was able to pass the Stevenson Audi to improve one more position to finish eighth.
"My stint went pretty well," MacNeil said. "I was able to make up eight positions. The car was really good. I was able to drive it pretty hard. The Continental tires stayed under me the whole time. It was a nightmare not to post a qualifying time, but the Alex Job crew fixed it and we had a good warm-up which gave us confidence for the race. We go onto Detroit next. We have done well there in the past and I am excited to go back."
Keen likes the drive from MacNeil.
"We made up a lot of ground from starting at the back of the field. Hats off to Cooper, he did an awesome job. He passed a ton of cars by making some great moves. It is some of the best driving and race craft I have seen from him. There wasn't a lot of passing going on up and down the field the whole time while I was in the car. No one made any mistakes and there were no yellows, so it was kind of tough to move-up any more. The crew did a great job to get the car fixed from qualifying."
"Cooper had a great drive today," team owner, Alex Job said. "From starting at the very back of the field to handing the car over in ninth was a great drive. When Leh took over the field was pretty much set, not a lot of movement. The team worked on the car long into the night to get the brakes sorted out and made it a positive weekend."
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will travel to Detroit for the Chevrolet SportsCar Classic to run June 3-4.
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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.