MacNeil out with illness
LE MANS, France (June 18, 2016) - WeatherTech Racing drivers Leh Keen (Charleston, S.C.) and Marc Miller (Holland, Mi.) will take on the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a duo in the No. 89 WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 RSR LM GTE AM car.
Reserve driver Gunnar Jeannette (Salt Lake City, Ut.) was not allowed to join in as the third driver when team regular Cooper MacNeil became ill. The duo of Keen and Miller will take on the task of running the entire distance with just two drivers in the LM GTE AM WeatherTech Porsche.
“I am trying to comprehend what it is going to be like doing Le Mans with two drivers,” Keen said. “Cooper and Jeroen (Bleekemolen) did it two years ago. It can be done. We are still running in the AM category so we still have a chance to do well. It will just be tough to get quality rest time out of the car. The rest periods will be shorter and of course drive time in the car will be longer. I am preparing as best that I can right now. We hope Cooper gets better and we are going to try and get a good result for everyone. It is Le Mans, as big as it gets, we are going for it!”
“It is tough not going to have Cooper with us in the car,” Miller said. “It is not as much the drive time you have to manage, but the rest time you can get. I will have another one or two more stints and all of the stints will be longer in the car. We are still looking for a result. We have a good shot at doing well this weekend and Leh and I are motivated to produce a result for Cooper, WeatherTech and Proton.”
The 84th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will take the green flag at 3 p.m. CEST (9 a.m. ET) on Saturday.
The race will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1 starting at 8:30 a.m. and going to 2 p.m. Transitioning to FS2 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Back on FS2 from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., FS2 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., FS2 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. and on Sunday, June 19, FS1: 2:30 a.m. to the finish.
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