WeatherTech Racing to Continue With Porsche at VIR

Photo: Jake Galstad/IMSA

WeatherTech Racing will continue with its Porsche 911 GT3 R heading into next weekend’s Michelin GT Challenge at Virginia International Raceway, in the wake of no Balance of Performance adjustments for the Mercedes-AMG GT3.

The Cooper MacNeil and Gunnar Jeannette-driven entry is one of 16 GT Daytona entries confirmed for the GT-only round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, which includes the return of Risi Competiziione to the GT Le Mans class.

ENTRY LIST: VIR

MacNeil and Jeannette made the switch to its Porsche at Road America, due to a BoP dispute with the Mercedes, which it completed the first eight races of the season with, including a class win at Long Beach.

IMSA has not made any performance-related adjustments to the GTD field for VIR, with only the GTLM class Corvette C7.R getting a larger air restrictor.

The Riley Motorsports-run team has been on a race-by-race commitment with its GTD car of choice.

The GTLM class, meanwhile, is back to full strength next weekend, with the return of Risi’s No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTE of Giancarlo Fisichella and Toni Vilander, who are expected to complete the remainder of the season.

Other changes in the entry list since the last round include the return of Patrick Long to the No. 28 Alegra Motorsports Porsche, alongside Daniel Morad.

Jesse Krohn remains in the Road America class-winning No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 alongside Jens Klingmann, and 3GT Racing’s revised driver pairings look set to continue into VIR as well, with Robert Alon once again listed in the No. 14 Lexus RC  GT3 with Sage Karam. 

A total of 25 cars are set for the second and final GT showdown of the season, with track activity set to kick off on Fri. Aug. 25.

35 Comments

  1. Actually Curious

    August 17, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Is there a limit to team car changes in a season? Honestly asking, no I don’t particularly like Cooper but hey it’s his fancy car mat money to burn as he likes. But in terms of the team earning points, does that stop/reset at the first car change or is it not covered in the rules?

    • Cactus Tony

      August 17, 2017 at 11:28 am

      Would you be similarly opposed if the team was bouncing back & forth between, say, 2 Mercedes chassis? Were you bothered when Ben Keating would pick & choose which of his Vipers he ran at which tracks?

      • Dan

        August 17, 2017 at 1:31 pm

        Bouncing between different chassis of thr same car is different than bouncing between brands. Have two of the same cars is smart and cheaper than a spares package.

      • Actually curious

        August 17, 2017 at 8:41 pm

        No, because teams do that often. The spares packages often cost enough to make a chassis a better investment later on. And back to back events mean repairs can happen at factory or shop instead of local shop.

        • jaysfan

          August 19, 2017 at 9:50 pm

          Stevenson Motorsports run Audi R8 in IMSA GTD class and Camaro in GS class

    • Andy Flinn

      August 17, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      What would be wrong with a VAG dealer, say Paul Miller, racing a Lamborghini and an Audi?

      In 1983, Wayne Baker (Sebring overall winner in a Porsche 934) won the IMSA GTO championship in his Porsche, a rented Oftedahl Firebird and another car.

      Larbre also used to race a Porsche Turbo GT2 and a Dodge Viper GTS-R in GT1.

  2. jason

    August 17, 2017 at 9:53 am

    I much prefer them in the Mercedes myself. But IMSA seems keen to remove them from the series. The BoP hit on the Mercedes is very unfair.

    • Welp

      August 17, 2017 at 1:10 pm

      Maybe Cooper needs to learn to drive…….

      • Jon

        August 17, 2017 at 1:22 pm

        You mean he doesn’t know how to drive? They interview him every race like he does lol.

        For the record, I agree with you, Welp 🙂

        What’re they gonna do when the Porsche gets a major BoP adjustment that they don’t like? Quit and go run the rest of the year in PWC?….nah that’d never happen

        • JEZ

          August 17, 2017 at 3:11 pm

          Of course it would never happen. WeatherTech sponsors the whole series. No chance they are going to leave and go race in PWC over some BoP.

          Or…ummm….unless…

          😉

  3. Dootdoot

    August 17, 2017 at 10:33 am

    Morad is gonna be bumped up in driver rating for sure after this year…Long/Morad is a crazy “Pro-Am” pairing! Same goes for Krohn and the Turner BMW.

    • David Chaste

      August 17, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Patrick Lindsey and Madison Snow both sandwiched Pat Long at Lime Rock running 3rd and 1st respectively, and close to him. Pat long only passed Snow when he got caught in traffic after a good many laps.

      If anyone if jealous of Cooper Mcneil check these guys out. They’re as wealthy as cooper and as fast as a platinum rated driver.

      So is Gunnar Jeanette. Wealthy and fast.

      • Dan

        August 17, 2017 at 11:18 am

        Patrick lindsey is no where close to being on the level of pat long and has never pretended to be. Plus he’s paying for the ride. Snow is the definition of a fake AM along side Krohn and Morad. Funny how morad runs as a pro in PWC. Turner has effectively been running a works team for the past few races with the driver lineup. As for Paul Miller well they got a fake AM and have been caught cheating so not exactly a squeaky clean team there.
        Really those teams should be competing in GTLM not GTD.

        • David Chaste

          August 17, 2017 at 12:28 pm

          Go watch Lime Rock and see how competitive Pat Lindsey was against Pat Long. He is paying for the ride thats the point. He can pay for it and be as competitive as pat long. Snow is not a fake am. Hes not a pro but he has simply perfected his driving to be as good as a pro.

          If Jon bennett was to do the same lap times as pat long you wouldnt say he’s a fake am. He just improved and got better.

          • Dan

            August 17, 2017 at 1:29 pm

            I was at Limerock, he was to stay close but the only reason was owing to the nature of the track. One decent race doesn’t suddenly make him on par with one of the most veteran sports car racers in NA.
            Madison snow is the definitely not an AM, he learned to race by racing constantly in multiple series and in different classes of cars. He’s done more racing across the past few years than anyone who was paying for it themselves would do.
            As John you proved my point he is both paying for ride unlike snow but like Lindsey and has the occasional burst of speed. The point I made remains though clearly you won’t ever see it.

          • Bob

            August 18, 2017 at 11:37 am

            But Come On! Jon is far-far away from Pat’s performance level (either Pat) & not looking to ever come close. Whenever he qualifies the car, he’s usually last or close to last in the whole GTD field. Some 2-3 sec off the pace. Madison is pretty close to Pro level. Some could say he’s already there. He’s been racing his whole short/young life so far.

        • Andy Flinn

          August 17, 2017 at 10:25 pm

          Paul Miller used to race against Team Corvette, Risi, the Porsche factory team and BMW in ALMS GT1.

          GTLM is for full-factory teams. Risi is the exception to the rule.

        • jaysfan

          August 19, 2017 at 9:47 pm

          Who’s paying for the ride? Patrick Lindsey? My understanding is he owns #73 Park Place team

      • Jeff Wagner

        August 19, 2017 at 10:42 am

        Gunnar Jeanette’s DAD is wealthy, and he never has and never will be fast. I have no idea who you’ve been watching.

    • Steven

      August 17, 2017 at 5:16 pm

      What about Lally/Legge???? Who’s the AM in that car? Is it Lally only because of his age only like Pruett?

      • Dan

        August 17, 2017 at 6:40 pm

        Legge based of rating. Another fake AM, same with Oz. Same with Pruett, snow and Krohn. Half the field is made up of fake Am cars.

        • Steven

          August 17, 2017 at 9:04 pm

          Legge’s rating though make absolutely zero sense how she is only a silver then? She was just in the top prototype class in IMSA and her previous open wheel experience in Champ car/Indy Car, as well as in the DTM. That should be well enough to make her a gold. Hell, Brian Vickers was rated as a platinum a few years back for Le Mans and all he’s done is Nascar and wasn’t even really a top rated road course driver in that series.

          • Phil Allaway

            August 18, 2017 at 10:47 am

            At the time, the then-Nationwide Series was considered to be an international series by the FIA. Vickers is a past champion of the series from back in 2003. That is likely why he got a Platinum rank. Anyone who had finished in the top 5 in points could get the platinum rank. Michael Annett would have qualified for Platinum by virtue of his 5th place finish in Nationwide Series points back in 2012.

        • Davy

          August 18, 2017 at 3:58 pm

          I would rather have a field of fake AM drivers than actual AMs!

        • JD

          August 20, 2017 at 9:52 pm

          The most hilarious Pro/Am thing going is Legge and Karam. Legge’s resume is far and away better than Karam’s, but Legge is a silver while Karam is a gold.

      • Am is for that BS GTE-Am class

        August 17, 2017 at 8:34 pm

        There isn’t an Am, it’s rating but I guess we can’t tell the difference between Am and Silver. They look so alike and all

      • Andy Flinn

        August 17, 2017 at 10:30 pm

        Steven, as has been explained here many times, Acura and Lexus have been granted leeway and a one-year deal to develop GTD cars with little or no racing heritage prior to 2016. That leeway obviously includes the drivers.

  4. David Chaste

    August 17, 2017 at 10:49 am

    If they’re doing it, it’s not in the rules.

    This is not F1.

    They can change teams altogether, change classes, change drivers, and of course change cars, etc.

    Why people say they dont like Mcneil. He’s doing what anybody else would do. He just has more fun.

    I think he should go for a ferrari personally because it’s better balanced and the rules are designed more for mid engine cars like prototypes (GT, 488). But rear and front engine cars need more tweaks.

    But his dad collects Porsches and even has the # 5 Penske RS spyder in the collection i believe.

    • Am is for that BS GTE-Am class

      August 17, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      I was asking purely for how they earn points. I don’t care if he runs a different car every week. I was just curious but apparently actually knowing anything is too hard for the assorted morons on here. It’s a discussion, but I guess we should all bow to your lack of intellect you love to share on here

  5. Daniel Tripp

    August 17, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    As to the wealth of these drivers, let’s not beat around the bush, the vast majority of the working class folks in this sport are the guys turning the wrenches.

  6. NASCAR/DPs Suck

    August 17, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    It looks like the GTD guys are bring the big guns again which is great since there are no prototypes at VIR. Very much looking forward to the race and seeing Risi back in action.

  7. gtgianlu

    August 17, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Mr Dagys,Krohn is listed on the Rowe M6 in the BSS Budapest round,too,the same week end

  8. Bert

    August 17, 2017 at 6:13 pm

    Risi will not be fast this weekend, they’re 4 races behind the curve and the corrupt IMSA would NEVER give a Ferrari a BOP break of higher boost or even less weight…but will be good to see them back racing, Risi got their #82 back from Michelotto the other day after an extensive rebuild from the LeMans crash by that IDIOT Vaxiviere….

    • Travis McBee

      August 17, 2017 at 7:07 pm

      That was the spare chassis that was crashed, not the IMSA one. The crashes in IMSA were mainly why they sat out 4 races.

  9. David Chaste

    August 17, 2017 at 8:15 pm

    To Dan,

    Snow is an Am and paying for the ride. Bryan Sellers is the Pro.

    He just started very young and has become very fast. He could become a pro but is an am now because he brings sponsorship and has never driven professionaly.

    Cant fault you for not knowing about the UIS sponsorship he brings, and is probably the aire to that company.

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