Photos: Grand Prix Racing - Friday


Sounding like a 100-yard rusher giving props to his offensive linemen, ALMS GTC driver Cooper MacNeil had only great things to say about Alex Job Racing following Friday morning's practice session at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

MacNeil and partner driver Jeroen Bleekemolen posted the fastest practice lap in the GTC class, getting their Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car around the 1.968-mile temporary street circuit in 1:23.039. MacNeil said it was the years of Long Beach experience of the AJR engineers and crew that was the difference.

"The team knows this car better than Porsche knows this car," said MacNeil, who hails from the Chicago area. "Their 20-plus years of experience shine through when we come to this track each year.

"Preparation and experience," he continued. "My job and Jeroen's job is just to drive the car fast."

MacNeil expects times to improve significantly in Friday's qualifying session after all the other series laid down a good amount of rubber on the circuit.



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