Danville, Va., (October 13, 2019) - WeatherTech Racing driver Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.) drove to the Touring 2 (T2) Class championship today at the SCCA Runoffs at Virginia International Raceway (VIR).
MacNeil drove his No. 3 WeatherTech Racing Porsche 997 to a commanding win around the 3.27-mile natural terrain road circuit located north of Danville, Virginia. Pulling double duty this week, he started at VIR on Monday with qualifying runs on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. He posted the fast time in qualifying on Thursday to take the T2 pole and then flew immediately to Braselton, Georgia to get in the WeatherTech Racing Ferrari for the second practice of the IMSA WeatherTech Championship Petit Le Mans, where the team finished fifth last night at 10 p.m.
As soon as the checker flew on the 10-hour race at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta MacNeil went back to VIR to get some rest for the 10 a.m. T2 Class start. From the drop of the green he was never challenged during the 40-minute race to take his first Runoffs win.
"The race went green the whole way for 40-minutes," MacNeil said. "The WeatherTech Porsche was really good the whole time. The Hoosier tires came in quickly. We chose the harder compound of the two, which turned out be the right call because I could run quick and consistent laps the whole race without tire degradation. It was nice to get the Runoffs win after trying twice before. I'm so happy to finally get the big SCCA trophy! The SCCA is where I started racing. It is nice to check that off my racing bucket list. It was a great way to end a tough and tiresome weekend!"
MacNeil adds the Runoffs trophy to four podium finishes in IMSA (Sebring, Watkins Glen, VIR, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca), a podium finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and a Ferrari Challenge North America championship as well in 2019.