May 28 - 29, 2010, Cooper MacNeil made his first GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge start at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT. MacNeil piloted his WeatherTech, Fall-Line Motorsports E46 BMW Grand Sport prepared machine to a very ...
May 28 - 29, 2010, Cooper MacNeil made his first GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge start at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, CT. MacNeil piloted his WeatherTech, Fall-Line Motorsports E46 BMW Grand Sport prepared machine to a very respectable twelfth-place finish, sharing co-driving responsibilities with veteran compatriot Gunther Schaldach.
MacNeil, fresh off a weekend sweep in his normal SCCA Touring 2 machine at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, wasted little time on the bull-ring Lime Rock circuit, a track he had never raced prior. Qualifying for the race was handled by the 17 year old high school Junior. Cooper qualified 21st in the talented field, just shy of a second off pole position.
In the race, MacNeil took the first stint in the driving duties. He handled himself as a racer wise beyond his years, keeping the car out of trouble and handing a competitve machine over to Schaldach. As with all endurance style racing, a slight miscue by the Fall-Line crew cost the team several spots in pitlane. When Schaldach returned to action, the car had a gearbox issue which limited the veteran to only fourth gear. Surprisingly, Schaldach kept a reasonable pace for the duo to finish twelfth, two laps down from the leaders.
"All in all the weekend went great. It was not about finishing position, it was about learning race craft. My lap times were surprisingly similar to all of the leaders, within tenths. I am looking forward to my next CTSCC race and I would to like thank Fall-Line Motorsports for preparing such a great racecar, I would also like to thank WeatherTech and ProMotion Driver Development," MacNeil stated in a phone interview after the weekend.
Next up for the talented driver, will be the ever important 55th annual WeatherTech Chicago Region June Sprints, June 18th-20th at the famous 4.0 mile Road America road racing circuit.
-source: cooper macneil PR