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Weathertech Racing Qualifies On Front Row At Laguna Seca
Posted by: newsla on May 04, 2014 - 07:16 AM
Weathertech Racing Qualifies On Front Row At Laguna Seca

WeatherTech Racing will start on the front row in GTD for tomorrow's running of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.


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Leh Keen (Charleston, SC) had the wheel of the No. 22 WeatherTech Porsche for the 15-minute qualifying session. Keen got down to work quickly posting his fast lap on his third circuit of the 2.2-mile, 11-turn Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca track. He put in a time of 1:26.962 which looked good for the pole position in GTD. Soon after a red flag stopped the action. The session resumed with three minutes remaining. The WeatherTech team was eclipsed at the last minute by the No. 45 Flying Lizard Audi for pole. Keen and Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.) will start from the front row in GTD in second position for tomorrow's two-hour race.

"We were looking real good for the pole and then the Audi took it right at the end," Keen said. "We are starting on the front row in second. We started on the front at Sebring and here we are again. We were close to pole in the most competitive class in the series and it is going to be like that every race. I am really happy with the WeatherTech Porsche. The guys unloaded the car with a great set-up and we were fastest in this morning's practice. We just tuned on it a little bit and the car responded well. We will take a win over the pole tomorrow."

MacNeil will be arriving at the track this evening as he is taking a final exam in Intermediate Microeconomic Theory at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Alex Job, team owner, has the team up front again for the start.

"Another great qualifying run by Leh," Job said. "The team did a good job with the initial set-up of the car as was evident with us being the fastest in the first practice this morning. We thought we had the pole until the very last minute. We are in a good position for the start. We will get Cooper in for the warm-up and he will get into a rhythm quickly. He has a lot of laps around this track and has won here in the past. We are ready."

The TUDOR Championship Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca GTD and LMPC race will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 starting at 1 p.m. ET.

This weekend's race will be unique as IMSA has adopted split races. The GTD and LMPC cars will race at 10 a.m. PT with the GTLM and Prototype cars running at 1 p.m., both running two hour events.

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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