For Cooper MacNeil:
The first race is already history: where did hurdles lie in the collaboration in terms of communication, time difference, distance etc.? How does everything work?
“The only real hurdle was the limited time that the team had to get here to the states and get things ready for the Rolex 24. Our deal came together really late, like the first week of January. Christian and his team manager Giulio Pucci worked tirelessly to get things arranged to have the car on the grid just three weeks later. They had to navigate the COVID travel situation, get spares shipped over and get the car prepped for what is our biggest race of the season in IMSA. It was no small feat, but we didn’t miss a beat in preparation for the race.
On the driving side, when you have Porsche racing factory drivers Kevin Estre, Richard Lietz, and Gianmaria Bruni who really know these cars we were able to hit the ground running at the Roar Before the 24 test.
The only open issue was the new guy – me. I had never driven the RSR, so I had to get up to speed and learn the controls and nuances of the car. But with all of the miles the team has along with the three drivers helping me, they made it very easy to learn the car and the differences to a GT3 car. In the end, aside from our incident before the green flag, it was a successful first outing together.“