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2014 Le Mans 24: Weathertech Racing Moves To Pro Category For Le Mans Start
Posted by: newsla on Jun 14, 2014 - 06:19 AM
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2014 Le Mans 24: Weathertech Racing Moves To Pro Category For Le Mans Start


WeatherTech Racing will run in the GT Pro category for the start of today's 24 Hours of Le Mans. Cooper MacNeil and Jeroen Bleekemolen are up for the challenge of driving the No. 79 WeatherTech Racing Porsche RSR prepared by ProSpeed Competition for the full 24 starting at 3 p.m. local time this afternoon.

 

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Iron men MacNeil, left, and Bleekemolen
As a result of the team's original third driver Bret Curtis (Lake Sherwood, Calif.) not being able to continue as a result of his accident on Thursday, the team searched for a replacement Bronze classified driver, but could not get one approved in time for the start of the race. Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.) and Jeroen Bleekemolen (Monte Carlo), together with the team, made the decision to run the race with just two drivers. As a result of not having a Bronze driver in the car, the No. 79 WeatherTech Racing Porsche will now run Le Mans as a Pro car.

"We found out only 10-minutes before the warm-up that our proposed Bronze driver did not get approved," MacNeil said. "So Jeroen and I, together with the team, decided that we will run the race with just two drivers. The Pro Class has eight cars, we will be the ninth. Maybe a couple of cars will have trouble and we can get a top five or even maybe sneak up on the podium. We have no real pressure on us. We don't have to push the car 110% as we don't have the speed to match the pace of the factory cars. We plan to turn laps, take care of the car and get it to the finish line and see where we end up. The team did a great job to get the car together and we are motivated to perform for them. I am excited about the prospect of running the race with just Jeroen for 24 hours. We are looking at triple stints for Jeroen and doubles for me."

Bleekemolen is up to the challenge of running just two drivers.

"This will be a first for me," Bleekemolen said. "The most hours I've had at Le Mans is 10 hours of driving. This weekend I will have to run the maximum of 14 hours and Cooper 10. You cannot run more than four hours in a six hour period, so we each have to do our part. As a driver I am excited at the prospect of just running two guys. I will be saving as much energy as possible leading up to the race. We will be working with our physio team and be prepared as possible. There is no real pressure on us. If the car runs trouble free and some of the other Pro cars have problems we may get a top five result."

The 24 Hours of Le Mans will be televised live, in its entirety, on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 starting on Saturday, June 14 at 8:30 a.m. ET.

FOX Sports Broadcast Schedule (subject to change; all times ET):
Saturday, June 14 - 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM (FOX Sports 1, LIVE)
Saturday, June 14 - 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM (FOX Sports 2, LIVE)
Saturday, June 14 - 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM (FOX Sports GO, LIVE)
Saturday, June 14 - 6:30 PM to 1:00 AM (FOX Sports 2, LIVE)
Saturday, June 14 - 1:00 AM to 7:30 AM (FOX Sports 1, LIVE)
Sunday, June 15 - 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM (FOX Sports 2, LIVE)
*Entire race streamed LIVE on FOX Sports GO

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