Cooper MacNeil, David MacNeil, Leh Keen, Shane van Gisbergen and Gunnar Jeannette will be piloting the No. 22 WeatherTech/Alex Job Racing Porsche at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 50th running of the Rolex 24 Hour At Daytona.
The team recently put the first miles on the all-new Porsche 911 GT3 R race car at Sebring. Father-and-son MacNeil, Keen and newcomer to the Alex Job Racing family Jeannette all put in time behind the wheel of the black and white Porsche.
Van Gisbergen was not on hand at Sebring. In addition to Jeannette joining the team for the 24, founder and CEO of WeatherTech, David MacNeil will also run in the twice around the clock classic in January.
“This will be my first time officially driving for AJR, but I’ve known Alex a long time and he was actually involved with my first run at Le Mans back in 2000,” Jeannette said.
“The new Porsche 991 GT3 R is a pretty awesome piece. I think the last Porsche I raced professionally was actually all the way back in 2007, so it’s pretty apparent that things have moved along a good bit since then.
“From what Cooper and Leh have said this car is a quantum leap ahead of what they’ve been driving the last few years.
“I think this is also the first time I’ve ever been the shortest driver on a team at 6’1. It makes the seat situation really easy!
“I’m looking forward to working with these guys with their huge amount of Porsche experience to get me up to speed quickly for the 24. I am really excited to be a part of the WeatherTech family.”
David MacNeil is ready to put some time in behind the wheel at Daytona.
“I’ve watched my son Cooper compete over the last eight years, while I pursued vintage and competed in national SCCA events,” David MacNeil said.
“This new Porsche with the paddle shift and great downforce is easier to drive than many of my vintage cars.
“Much like Rob and Chris Dyson I wanted to race with my son. I’ve had a lot of laps around Daytona in several different Porsches, so I am looking forward to putting in a stint behind the wheel of the new car next month.”
Alex Job, team owner, has the team working up to the season opener in 45 days.
“It is nice to have everything set in mid-December,” Job said. “We are bringing Gunnar on board and that is nice addition to the driver line-up for the longer events.
“Shane will join us at the Roar and for the 24, so we have some good continuity. Leh and Cooper will go the season and David is going to jump in the car at Daytona for a run.
“We received the new Porsche a week ago and we were able to get it ready and break the seal for two days of testing at Sebring this past week.
“Our first impressions are very positive of the new car and we are looking forward to the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.”