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WeatherTech Set for Le Mans Entry in GTE-Am

Bleekemolen, MacNeil, Curtis set for LM24 appearance…

Photo: Darren Pierson

Photo: Darren Pierson

Prospeed Competition has confirmed a GTE-Am class entry for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, featuring two former WeatherTech Alex Job Racing teammates and another Le Mans returnee in the No. 79 WeatherTech Racing entry.

Jeroen Bleekemolen and Cooper MacNeil reunite after racing together with WeatherTech in the 2013 American Le Mans Series, where they won the GTC class championship; meanwhile they’ll be joined in the 2012-spec Porsche 911 GT3 RSR by Bret Curtis.

Bleekemolen will race in his ninth Le Mans, while this is the second appearance for both MacNeil and Curtis. Bleekemolen had been set to race with the factory SRT Motorsports squad in GTE-Pro, prior to the team’s withdrawal.

“My first time racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans was last year and I happened to be the youngest and tallest in the field,” MacNeil said. “I am looking forward to driving with Jeroen again after coming off a championship year in ALMS. Bret Curtis is a great guy and someone we have raced against and know very well, he also has Le Mans experience.

Added Bleekemolen, “I have won races with both Cooper and Bret before in America. Both of them have Le Mans experience, so we should be a very strong combination.”

Rudi Penders’ Belgian Prospeed team has its main entry, the No. 75 Porsche, also entered in GTE-Am for Francois Perrodo, Emmanuel Collard and Matthieu Vaxiviere, as they stepped up to the FIA World Endurance Championship this year.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) is Sportscar365's North American Editor, focusing on coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned championships as well as Pirelli World Challenge. DiZinno also contributes to and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony

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