WeatherTech Racing will campaign the No. 50 WeatherTech Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona class starting with the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, with Cooper MacNeil and Gunnar Jeannette as full-season drivers.
MacNeil and Jeannette went to Germany in late September and got their first laps behind the wheel of a Mercedes-AMG GT3. The pair came away enthusiastic about the prospect of being one of the first teams in IMSA to run the AMG GT3.
The team received its car on Oct. 14 and is at Daytona today completing the second of a two-day private test in preparation for the Rolex 24.
In addition, the team has transitioned to the Riley Motorsports tent as a part of a two-car effort with the famed sports car competitors.
“When I first drove the Mercedes at Hockenheim in Germany I was absolutely blown away,” MacNeil said. “I could tell within the first three corners that the car was so well balanced and was an absolute dream to drive.
“I’m excited to return to IMSA with our new sharper weapon. I’m really looking forward to bringing the new car to IMSA and seeing how it matches up against the other cars, which I think we should fare well.
“Riley has been a proven team for many years and it will be great to team up with them. They know how to manage their program very well and have done a great job with the Viper program over the past couple of years.”
Jeannette is excited about returning to IMSA and racing the Mercedes.
“We didn’t get a lot of time in the car when we tested at Hockenheim, but from the first laps in the car you could just tell that AMG had done their homework,” Jeannette said.
“Everything worked very well and the car instantly gives you confidence, which is what every driver wants. It will be great being a part of the WeatherTech Championship again! I am really looking forward to running with Riley Motorsports.
“Bill and the whole team have a very successful past and I hope that WeatherTech Racing can be a big part of the future
“So far everything that I have seen has been very impressive and I can’t wait to get started.
“The championship is going to be very tough this year, but I’m confident that the Riley guys and AMG will give us a good package to fight with all our competitors. It’s very exciting to be a part of the first AMG program in IMSA. I’m counting the days until Daytona!”