IMSA regulars Cooper MacNeil and Jeff Segal will be joined by England’s Liam Griffin as part of a WeatherTech-sponsored program at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The alliance with FIA WEC GTE-AM team JMW Motorsport comes after the British team won its class at Le Mans in 2017, and scored the season-long GTE-Am title.
Coming off a podium finish last year at Le Mans in Scuderia Corsa’s Ferrari 488 GTE, MacNeil will make a temporary move to JMW for this year’s event and return to Scuderia Corsa afterward where he contests the full IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series for the team.
“I’m excited about heading back to Le Mans, especially after being on the podium there last year,” MacNeil said. “We definitely have some unfinished business over in France. We came close [to winning] last year with a third-place finish. But, the JMW Ferrari was too quick for us to catch, as was the second-place car. So, we settled for third, which was a great result for us.
“I’m thrilled to be going back to Le Mans with the team that won the race last year. The JMW crew know how to win the race – they’re proven, and I think it’s going to be a good partnership. What helped them win last year was the fact they had an absolutely perfect race. They had no car issues, no penalties, no crew member issues, no issues in pit lane, and nobody put a wheel wrong on the racetrack. If they did it once, they could do it again. I’m looking forward to hopefully finishing two positions higher than we did last year.”
Segal, a Ferrari specialist, will continue his Le Mans association with the brand and his fellow American MacNeil.
“I’m really looking forward to getting back to Le Mans,” Segal said. “I have some really good memories from there. I got a podium on the first try and a win on the second. It was great to be a part of the WeatherTech Racing effort last year and to help get the team on the podium.
“I’m excited to be with last year’s race-winning team JMW and back in a Ferrari. I’m excited to see what it brings this year.”