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WeatherTech Racing Second in GTD Six Hours into Rolex
Posted by: newsla on Jan 26, 2014 - 06:04 AM
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WeatherTech Racing Second in GTD Six Hours into Rolex


Six hours into the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship 52nd running of the Rolex 24 Hour At Daytona the No. 22 WeatherTech Porsche is running in second place in the GTD Class.

 

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Leh Keen (Charleston, SC) had the wheel of the WeatherTech Porsche for the start of the twice around the clock race. The 67 car field saw the green flag at 2:10 p.m. ET. Following a disappointing qualifying run, Keen was motivated to make up positions. Coming from the eighth row he turned the car over to Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.) in fifth position.

"It got a little wild at the start," Keen said. "Things settled down a little and I was able to start running some consistent laps. We were able to work our way toward the front of the field. I was happy to get that first stint out of the way. I feel I am in the groove of the race and so is the crew. We have a good start going. The car feels good, the track was a little dirty and greasy, but that is endurance racing."

MacNeil took the second stint.

"Early on in my stint I had a pretty big wheel lock-up in the left rear," MacNeil said. "I had to drive through the Bus Stop a couple of times because I came into the turn sideways. Every time I went to the brakes at the entry of the Bus Stop the car wanted to go sideways. It was a tough first stint. I was able to keep the car in the top five, I need a better stint next time out."

The young MacNeil handed the car over to Shane van Gisbergen (Auckland, New Zealand) in fourth.

"There was a big accident during my stint, so I sat out on the track for over an hour. I hope the guys are alright," van Gisbergen said. "The WeatherTech Porsche was pretty good. I was in the car longer than I thought I would be, but it was good to go from the day into the night. I was a bit conservative the first time out. Once I got into a rhythm my times really came down. The car is good, the strategy is good and we are running in second position."

Shane Lewis (Jupiter, Fla.) is currently in the car running in second position in GTD.
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The new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona is being broadcasted on FOX Sports 2, Live, 4-9 p.m. Overnight Streaming IMSA.com, 9 p.m. (1/25) to 7 a.m. (1/26), Sun., Jan. 26 FOX Sports 1, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. MRN Radio will broadcast the Rolex 24 in its entirety on IMSA.com, MRN.com, and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio (Channel 90). WNDB-AM 1150 is the local radio affiliate.

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.


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