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Monday, June 13, 2016

WeatherTech Racing’s Cooper MacNeil will be taking a different approach for this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. MacNeil will be joined by regular IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship co-driver Leh Keen and CJ Wilson Racing’s Marc Miller in the No. 89 Porsche 911 RSR fielded by Proton Competition in the GTE Am class, with Gunnar Jeannette in reserve as a fourth driver.

MacNeil did not have a reserve driver in his most recent race at Le Mans in 2014. Then, with scheduled third driver Bret Curtis unable to compete due to a crash in practice the day before the race, MacNeil and Jeroen Bleekemolen were forced to run as a twosome. In addition, they were moved up to LM GTE Pro from the LM GTE Am class. MacNeil and Bleekemolen went on to finish fifth in LM GTE Pro in 2014, running a nearly flawless race in an older Porsche.

“I was pretty proud of that finish, which was a pretty good accomplishment for a two-driver team in an older car,” MacNeil said. “Even though that was 2014, I can still feel that momentum going back to Le Mans, because of how well we did – and I know we can do it again.”

MacNeil is also proud to be waving the American flag at the French endurance classic.

“I’m excited to have an all-American driver lineup as well as WeatherTech, an American-based company, as the main sponsor,” he said. “We’ll be in a Porsche 991 RSR with Proton, and they finished second last year with Patrick Dempsey. They can build a car, race it and put it on the podium. I think we have a shot at doing well over there.”

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