Alex Job Racing (AJR) will field the No. 022 WeatherTech/Alex Job Racing Porsche GT3 Cup car for the full season of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron GTC Class. Cooper MacNeil and Leh Keen will drive the Porsche starting with the 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring fueled by Fresh from Florida to be run on Mar. 17.
The Florida-based team is busy preparing the No. 022 WeatherTech/Alex Job Racing Porsche for the season opener in three weeks. The team will be going for their eighth Sebring 12 hour win. Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Illinois) is joined behind the wheel by seasoned Porsche driver Leh Keen (Charleston, South Carolina). MacNeil is currently in his first year at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
“I’m super excited to run with Leh and AJR in GTC this season,” MacNeil said. “I met Leh last year and we have been great friends ever since. He has already taught me a lot and I’m looking forward to winning a championship with him. Sebring is such a historical track and I’m looking forward to running with Leh. Can’t wait to get back in a race car, I’ve been spending too much time in my school books! I am also looking forward to Road America and Laguna because those are two of my favorite tracks.”
Keen heads to Sebring looking for a third consecutive pole position in as many years in the GTC class and his second with AJR.
“I am very excited to be co-driving with Cooper,” Keen said. “He is the up-and-coming Porsche driver of the future. He had strong runs last year in every race he ran. He will be very quick in the car and will always be running up front. Plus he is the first co-driver I have ever had that will be taller than me! I am confident that we are the strongest driving pairing in the GTC field. This season I will be able to do more races and do most of the season, so I look forward to being able to play a major role in Coopers run for the championship. I will also be able to race at some new tracks like Mosport. As always, I am extremely happy to be with Alex Job Racing again and in the WeatherTech Porsche.
Team owner, Alex Job, has a strong car coming back in the GTC Series.
“Cooper ran with us last year at select IMSA Porsche Cup races and was very competitive,” Job said. “We capped off the year together winning the Porsche Cup race at Laguna Seca on the Rennsport weekend in front of everyone who has ever driven or raced a Porsche. Leh brings a lot of speed and experience to the car, and we have our sights set on the championship in GTC in 2012.”
Alex Job Racing is one of the most successful teams in ALMS history with 42 wins. This record is supported by 48 pole positions and 102 podium finishes. The team has won three championships (GT in 2002, 2003 and 2004) complimented by their two GT class wins at Le Mans. The team also boasts seven Sebring 12 hour victories.
The ALMS GTC category is specific to one of the most popular factory produced racing cars in the world, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Developed for Porsche’s one-make series around the world, the new version of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is based on the road-going 911 GT3 RS. The power unit featured in the new 911 GT3 Cup is largely identical to the production engine of the 911 GT3 RS with the same output of 450 bhp and the same maximum engine speed of 8,500 rpm.