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Keen Released by AJR; Mueller Joins MacNeil for Road America

Leh Keen released by AJR due to “off track circumstances”…

Photo: IMSA

Photo: IMSA

Leh Keen has been released by WeatherTech Racing, effective immediately, with Porsche Junior Sven Mueller having been tabbed to drive the No. 22 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R in this weekend’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America.

Mueller, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup championship leader, will join Cooper MacNeil at the wheel of the GTD class contender for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round, the team confirmed Thursday.

Keen and MacNeil had been one of the longest-running driver combinations in IMSA competition, with 38 total starts together, dating back to 2012.

“We decided to make a driver change for the rest of the season in the WeatherTech Porsche,” team owner Alex Job said. “Leh Keen has won races with us, but off the track circumstances led to a change. We wish Leh all the best going forward.

“Sven is a fast young driver that is currently leading both the Supercup and Carrera Cup series in Europe.

“We are looking forward to having a successful weekend of racing at Road America. We will reassess where we are with the 22 Porsche after this weekend.”

The 24-year-old German, who was originally en route to Road America to drive the No. 540 Black Swan Racing Porsche, which has been withdrawn, will make his second career WeatherTech Championship start after driving for Frikadelli Racing at Daytona.

Mueller has claimed three wins in six starts in Supercup this year, with 10 wins out of 12 starts in Porsche Carrera Cup Germany.

“It is going to be a real pleasure to drive with Alex Job Racing,” Mueller said. “I already know Mario Farnbacher and Alex Riberas from racing in Europe.

“To have a good strong teammate like Cooper makes this weekend even more interesting. I have been learning the Road America circuit on the simulator and I am looking forward to driving it tomorrow.”

Alex Job expands into a three-car operation this weekend, with the addition of the No. 77 WeatherTech Porsche for Gunnar Jeannette and David MacNeil, which is expected to be a one-off entry.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

13 Comments

13 Comments

  1. Joe

    August 4, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    Somehow I’m guessing “off track circumstances” is not the same as the kinds the PC drivers are described as doing…

    • Dunk

      August 4, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      Personality problems possibly.

  2. Louis

    August 4, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    From i have heard (just what i have heard dont know if there is any truth to it) is that Cooper is very difficult to get along with and that Leh and Cooper would argue on a regular basis

    • Sultan Bob

      August 4, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      WELL !! I think all you have to do is ” Follow The Money ” to answer the question WHY ?

    • Zach

      August 4, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      You’re an idiot.

      • Avery

        August 4, 2016 at 4:56 pm

        And you’re an asshole.

    • Zach

      August 4, 2016 at 4:24 pm

      Louis I mean

    • Porscheguy

      August 4, 2016 at 9:17 pm

      Louis, that is absolutely untrue. Leh and Cooper are good friends and get along well. Cooper is not at all difficult to get along with.

  3. NoFilter

    August 4, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    OK so Leh may never have to work a day himself (Thanks Dad!) but he is an amazing talent and natural race car driver. There is something wrong with the 22 deal this year. I hope Leh can find a better place. He deserves better than to be with a spoiled brat like Cooper who has not improved in years and just seems to want a bigger bus in the paddock than everyone else. Douche. Poor Alex had to call Porsche and get the next best replacement. Leh is a natural not a German robot. Go Leh.

    • Jack

      August 5, 2016 at 1:26 am

      Well, in pwc leh was running around 10th all season. Same team with pat long driving he wins first time out….. Soooooo……. Just saying, leh is quick, but not factory quick

      • Bdc

        August 5, 2016 at 4:06 am

        Jack, I will take Leh over pat short ANY DAY. My money is on the tall guy. Get in the truck!

      • Madkart

        August 5, 2016 at 7:54 am

        Jack, Leh has never raced in PWC. You’re getting him confused with someone else.

  4. Allen

    August 6, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    I’m guessing that adding another car, when the 22 was so slow, was probably the last straw.there is obviously a problem, and I’m guessing it’s not the guy that was let go.

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