BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO, CANADA, (July 21, 2012) – Alex Job Racing’s (AJR) Cooper MacNeil and Leh Keen will start from the second row in GTC for tomorrow’s running of the American Le Mans Series Mobil 1 Grand Prix of Mosport at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly Mosport International Raceway).
Keen (Charleston, SC) is making his first visit to the 2.4-mile, 10 turn track located 30-minutes north of Toronto. The pole sitter and winner from Lime Rock Park two weeks ago is taking a measured approach to the weekend. Keen had the wheel of the WeatherTech.ca Porsche in qualifying where he turned a conservative lap of 1:22.520 that will have the duo starting from row two in GTC.
“Mosport is a heck of a track,” Keen said. “I think in the near future it will be one of my favorite tracks, when I get some more miles around it. I am still trying to grasp and learn the track. If you try to abuse it or overdrive it, it will pay out back ten-fold. I am trying to learn it as fast as possible, while being safe and keeping the car in one piece. So far, we have been able to do that this weekend. I have some more learning to do out there tomorrow. With me having to learn the track, we are a little behind on the set-up of the car. Cooper has been doing a great job all weekend. Everything changes once the green flag drops, and we are looking forward to the race.”
MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.) has a lot of respect for the fast Mosport circuit.
“This is the fastest track we come to, which is also the most challenging,” MacNeil said. “You have to be nice to it and it will be nice to you. This is Leh’s first time at Mosport, and he is doing a great job learning the track and had a good qualifying run. The AJR guys are working hard with us to improve the handling, and we have done that each session. It is Leh’s birthday tomorrow, so we are hoping to win our second race in a row.
Alex Job, team owner, is getting Keen up to speed and looking to keep MacNeil at the top of the driver’s points standings.
“We are coming off a very good win at Lime Rock ten days ago,” Job said. “Leh is getting up to speed, working with the data and showing a lot of respect for the track. Cooper is doing a strong job this weekend and we are looking forward to him giving us a strong start tomorrow. A lot of funny things can happen here at Mosport and we will be looking to take advantage of every opportunity to stay at the front tomorrow once the green flag drops.”
The American Le Mans Series Mobil 1 Grand Prix of Mosport at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park will be run July 20 – 22. The television broadcast will be joined live July 22 at 1:00 pm EDT on ESPN 2, with full race live streaming starting at 11:45 am EDT on ESPN3.com.
Alex Job Racing is one of the most successful teams in ALMS history with 42 wins. This record is supported by 48 pole positions and 102 podium finishes. The team has won three championships (GT in 2002, 2003 and 2004) complimented by their two GT class wins at Le Mans. The team also boasts eight Sebring 12-hour victories.
The ALMS GTC category is specific to one of the most popular factory produced racing cars in the world, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Developed for Porsche’s one-make series around the world, the new version of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is based on the road-going 911 GT3 RS. The power unit featured in the new 911 GT3 Cup is largely identical to the production engine of the 911 GT3 RS with the same output of 450 bhp and the same maximum engine speed of 8,500 rpm.