Cooper Macneil, IMSA And Ferrari Challenge Driver Answers Our Fast Five Questions

August 13, 2020 by WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

Getting The Scoop on Coop'

MONTEREY, Calif., August 13, 2020 – Cooper MacNeil, winning driver in the Ferrari Challenge Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and son of the track's long time supporter, WeatherTech founder and CEO David MacNeil, started his exciting career with SCCA in 2009 at Road America in a Mini Cooper S. Since his debut season, he quickly rose to the top of a range of podiums.

In 2011, just two years after his first race, he earned a first place finish in the Ferrari Challenge Series at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, followed by his first place win in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge in Montreal.

With a taste for victory, Cooper then made 2012 his year by becoming an ALMS GTC champion, and going on to win the same title the following year. Just last year, he added another victory to his growing collection by winning at the 24h of COTA.

Taking a break from collecting championship titles, Cooper took the time to respond to our Fast Five questionnaire, designed to get to know as much as possible about a driver in a short amount of time. Cooper is our first participant.

What three race cars from any era would you like to drive, but haven't?

Group B Audi Quattro S1

Mercedes 190E DTM

Baja 1000 Trophy Truck

What motivates you and why?

The world is ever changing and knowledge is extremely important. I really enjoy learning new things and building my knowledge base. Racing is another passion of mine and I have a few other boxes to tick off like winning the 24h of Le Mans and the 24h of Daytona.

What turn here is the most likely one to trip you up?

Turn 9. Exiting the corkscrew flat out you drop down into turn 9: an off camber, downhill, high speed turn that lacks grip. I have only spun out there once, back in 2011, and I still remember it to this day. Every time you drop into that corner, you can easily spin so I am proud to have only done it once there!

What advice did your parent(s) give you when you told them you wanted to be a race car driver?

I was lucky enough to have a father that raced for 20 years. I grew up spending a lot of time at the track watching my dad race, and grew a passion for it that way. Watching him succeed gave me the drive - no pun intended - to succeed in racing as well.

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca aside, which are your two favorite tracks and why?

Le Mans is #1. That place is magical. 300k+ people, all true motorsports fans, and 8.5 miles of amazing race track. #2 is Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. I only get to race there in Ferrari Challenge as a support race during the F1 weekend so the track time is limited. The track layout is one of the best and it's similar to a street course with no runoff. That means no room for error, which I love.

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