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WeatherTech Racing Finishes Fifth in Detroit
Posted by: newsla on Jun 01, 2014 - 06:33 AM
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WeatherTech Racing Finishes Fifth in Detroit


WeatherTech Racing finished fifth in today's running of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Detroit Grand Prix run on the Belle Isle street circuit.

 

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Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.) had the wheel of the No. 22 WeatherTech Porsche for the start of the 100-minute race on the 2.3-mile, 13-turn circuit located in the middle of the Detroit River. The young University of Colorado at Boulder student had a good start and then ran wide in Turn Six and brushed the wall. The result was a missing mirror that forced him to pit. IMSA rules do not allow the car to be missing a mirror. The Alex Job Racing team replaced the whole door as it is faster than just replacing the mirror. MacNeil returned to the race and then returned to the pits to hand the car over to Leh Keen (Charleston, SC). With two pit stops down, one more than the rest of the field, Keen took off in search of positions. He made a methodical run up through the field from 14th position to eventually finish a nice points paying fifth in GTD.

"My stint didn't go quite as well as I'd planned," MacNeil said. "I was exiting Turn Six and just kissed the wall, it didn't even feel like I hit it. I took off the mirror. You can't run without a mirror. The crew did a great job to get the door on and get me back out. Leh did a great job to get us back up in the points. We actually made up some ground to our competition, so considering we had to make two pit stops it was not too bad of a day."

Keen had a good drive back to the front.

"Copper had a good start," Keen said. "He was really pushing and just touched the wall which took the mirror off. That can happen at these street courses. It put us at the back of the field. The last two-thirds of the race was really wild out there today. I was getting hit, touching the walls and everyone was leaning on each other a little. To come back from where we were after the mirror deal to end up fifth is a good day. The WeatherTech Porsche is in one piece, but has a mark on all four corners. Not too bad of a day."

Alex Job, team owner, won some hard earned points today.

"Cooper was really pushing and went just a little too far," Job said. "The team did a good job to make quick work of the fix, but it costs us some positions. Leh jumped in and did a great job to make up track position. This was a true sprint race. We came out with pretty good points considering we made one more pit stop than everyone else."

MacNeil will travel to Le Mans, France to run in the No. 79 WeatherTech Porsche with Jeroen Bleekemolen and Bret Curtis. The 24 hour classic will be run June 14-15.

The TUDOR Championship will take its yearly Le Mans break and pick-up with the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, June 27-29.


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