WeatherTech Racing to compete at Le Mans

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It’s a Porsche 1-2 as Nico Hulkenberg takes the checkered flag to win the 83rd Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, ahead of New Zealand’s Brendon Hartley in one of the sister cars. AFP FILE PHOTO

It’s a Porsche 1-2 as Nico Hulkenberg takes the checkered flag to win the 83rd Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race, ahead of New Zealand’s Brendon Hartley in one of the sister cars. AFP FILE PHOTO

WeatherTech Racing is partnering with German Porsche stalwarts Proton Competition for its return to Le Mans with American drivers Cooper MacNeil, Leh Keen and Marc Miller.

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The 24 Hours of Le Mans will be on June 19-20 at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France.

The all-American WeatherTech Racing trio has experience at the twice-around-the-clock French classic race. MacNeil will be running the race for the third time. His last run was in 2014 where he was a part of a two-man team that finished fifth in the Le Mans GTE Pro class. Keen is running Le Mans for a third time, having finished second in 2010. Miller competed last year in a Viper and was unclassified when the car retired on lap 304. The WeatherTech Racing Porsche RSR will run on Michelin tires.

“This will be my third time doing the 24 Hours of Le Mans,” MacNeil said. “My first time I was driving a Corvette and finished just outside of the top ten; it was quite the learning experience. My second time doing the race was an experience I will absolutely never forget. Jeroen Bleekemolen and I finished fifth in GT Pro driving an antiquated car, compared to the competition, with all odds against us.”

Keen likes the car and driver combination for the WeatherTech effort.

“In sports sometimes there is no doubt the ultimate for any team or person, the Super Bowl for example, or the World Series. Well for Sports Car racing it is no doubt Le Mans,” Keen said. “Easily the most important endurance race of the year! Although most of my career has been in a Porsche and I have finished second in class at Le Mans, I actually haven’t driven a Porsche at Le Mans. So it will be a privilege to drive a Porsche, the most successful manufacturer, at La Sarthe, especially since the 2015 spec RSR is a very competitive car!”

Miller is excited at the proposition of running a Porsche at Le Mans.

“I have been racing a Porsche this season in the IMSA Continental Tire Series and enjoy being a part of the Porsche program,” Miller said. “When I think about Le Mans, I think about the 917’s and 911’s that have enjoyed so much success. It is incredible to have the opportunity to say that I will have raced a Porsche at the most storied race in the world. I have a huge amount of respect for Cooper and Leh and the entire WeatherTech Racing program.”

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