WeatherTech Racing and Alex Job has announced the team's lineup of drivers for the GT class Porsche 911 GT3 Cup it will field in next month's Rolex 24 at Daytona. Cooper MacNeil, 2012 American Le Mans Series GTC driver champion, will be joined by fellow GTC champion Jeroen Bleekemolen, Damien Faulkner and Porsche factory driver Marco Holzer in the Jan. 26-27 Grand-Am Rolex Series opener.
MacNeil is coming off of a championship season with Alex Job Racing (AJR). The young driver from Illinois posted impressive wins at Lime Rock, Road America and Virginia International Raceway. MacNeil also has several wins in the Ferrari Challenge Series and keeps his competitive edge sharp by running in SCCA regional events.
Bleekemolen raced with MacNeil and AJR at Road America in 2012, where they won. He won the 2011 and 2010 ALMS GTC driver championships. The Dutchman won the 24 Hours of Le Mans LMP2 class in 2008 and was the 2009 Porsche Supercup Champion.
Faulkner rose through the ranks of racing with his start in open wheels. The Irishman won several British single-seater titles before making the switch to sports cars. He made his ALMS debut in 2011 with wins at Sebring and Long Beach, as well as adding a second win at Long Beach in 2012.
Holzer came up through the Formula BMW ranks. In 2008, he was on the UPS Porsche Cup Junior team, where he posted a win at Hockenheim. He also won the 24 Hours of Dubai overall in 2010. He drove the Porsche 911 GT3 R Hybrid at its debut in the 24 Hours of the Nurburgring, leading most of the race overall. The young German won five races in the International GT Open championship in Europe in 2012. In addition, he had several starts over the last couple seasons with the Flying Lizard team in the ALMS.
"We have a lot of Porsche experience and speed in the car for this year," said Alex Job. "Neither of the four drivers has won at Daytona, which I think is a real motivator for these young guys. With a young group of racers that are hungry, it is our job to harness that excitement and manage it over the 24 hours. Speed won't be issue. It doesn't get much better than this at Daytona. We have a lot of expectations for late January."