TAVARES, Fla. – Cooper MacNeil and Jeroen Bleekemolen will team-up to drive the No. 22 WeatherTech Racing GTC Porsche in defense of the 2012 GTC class championship in the American Le Mans Series.
MacNeil, 2012 ALMS GTC driver champion, is joined by fellow GTC Champion (2010, 2011) Bleekemolen in the WeatherTech Porsche for another full season in what will be the final year of the American Le Mans Series with Alex Job Racing. The duo teamed up for one race in 2012, at Road America, where they accounted for pole position and a convincing class win.
“Our goal for GTC in 2013 is to win,” MacNeil said. “Alex Job Racing and WeatherTech always want to win. We will work very hard to make this season an unforgettable one and we will try very hard to win the championship again. I am really looking forward to running at Sebring and Road America this year. At Sebring last year, we came so close to the win, but finished second. I want that win bad. At Road America we had a ton of family and friends at the race that witnessed our win. I want to do that again. There are some good teams this year. The Flying Lizard guys are coming and Damien (Faulkner) in the TRG car will add another level of competition to the GTC class.”
Bleekemolen joined Alex Job Racing and MacNeil last weekend for the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Now the pair will drive the 10-race ALMS season.
“Our goal is definitely the championship,” Bleekemolen said. “I joined the team that won it in 2012 and I won it in 2010 and 2011 with Black Swan Racing. So we should be a strong combination. I love street circuits, so Long Beach and Baltimore are high on my list of tracks I am looking forward to running. But also going to COTA (Circuit of the Americas) will be really cool. America has some great tracks like Road America and Road Atlanta. The whole calendar is pretty impressive. I hope to win many races. Also I really want to win Sebring. I have never won that race, as I always did the race in LMP1. So hopefully this time we can take the victory there! The competition will be tougher than even in GTC. There are just so many good teams and drivers this year, it will be great. Traffic is always tough in GTC, with so many fast cars approaching you, but it will be fun. I’m looking forward a lot.”