17 year-old Hinsdale, Illinois high school Junior Cooper MacNeil had another impressive outing in the SCCA National SafeRacer Touring 2 class April 16-17, 2010 at Virginia International Raceway. The North Carolina Region SCCA Oak Tree Double ...
17 year-old Hinsdale, Illinois high school Junior Cooper MacNeil had another impressive outing in the SCCA National SafeRacer Touring 2 class April 16-17, 2010 at Virginia International Raceway. The North Carolina Region SCCA Oak Tree Double National race pitted MacNeil against some formidable competition as his group Touring 2 featured talented driver's sure to be seen again at the National Championships.
MacNeil piloting the No. 76 Fall-Line Motorsports/WeatherTech E46 BMW M3 showed great early pace from the drop of the first green flag at a track he had never turned a lap on before the race weekend. When asked about his chances prior to the event MacNeil, who recently set the Sebring long course T2 track record, seemed optimistic.
That pre-race optimism was confirmed when MacNeil set pole position for the April 16th race with a blistering 2:09.668, over two seconds clear of his nearest competitor. At the drop of the green for race 1 MacNeil was poised for a victory. Negotiating through the 41-car field would prove difficult for the young MacNeil. The race grouping meant MacNeil had his work cut out for him as higher horsepower cars stifled any attempt for MacNeil to gap fellow T2 competitor Marty Grand. MacNeil was unable to hold Grand at bay for the 13 lap duration as Grand was able to skate by for a close victory.
Race 2 was almost identical to the day before. MacNeil had difficulty negotiating the slower cars in the group and was unable to distance himself from Grand's Mitsubishi Lancer Evo. Grand would go on to take a second victory on the weekend, leaving MacNeil to pick up his second podium finish.
"This was an excellent result considering it being my first time at the track, and only second time racing the #76 WeatherTech BMW. I would like to thank the always outstanding efforts of the Fall-line Motorsports crew for making the WeatherTech M3 the best it can possibly be," stated a positive MacNeil after the weekend.
MacNeil now readies for an SCCA Double National a little closer to home May 1-2nd at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in Rockton, IL. He will be competing in a T2 prepared Fall-Line Motorsports entry under the WeatherTech banner.
Cooper MacNeil is a second generation racer set to make a name for himself in sports car racing during the 2010 season. With support from MacNeil Automotive Products, WeatherTech and Fall-Line Motorsports expect to see Cooper MacNeil's name in victory lane. For more information on WeatherTech please visit www.weathertech.com and Fall-Line Motorsports www.fall-linemotorsports.com
For More Information on Cooper MacNeil please direct questions, sponsorship inquiries and personal appearance requests to ProMotion Driver Development at ProMotionCole@Gmail.com
-source: ProMotion Driver Development