I met Cooper through a friend of mine, Zach Ply and my participation with The Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, IL. where Cooper’s family is a member. As a driver, he has progressed quite far in a little time, but anyone paying attention instantly takes notice of the staggering 45 races he’s competed in over the last 2 seasons. Father David, who owns MacNeil Automotive, a leader in the car customization world and a racer in his own right has given Cooper the necessary tools to succeed at the highest levels in sport. Cooper is hard to miss at a height of 6 foot 5 inches however his humble personality makes him the perfect fit for ProMotion.
Name: Cooper MacNeil
Location: Hinsdale, IL
Education: Senior at Hinsdale Central High School
Hometown: Hinsdale, IL
Year of first competitive race: 1.5.
Racing Affiliation (Series): Series I have raced in: SCCA, NASA, Grand-Am CTSCC, Midwest Council, FIA VLN.
What is it about racing that you enjoy most?
The pure adrenaline that is felt ever time I step in the car. Its like a drug, if I don’t drive for a week or so, its almost like withdrawal.
What is it about racing that you least enjoy?
Now you’re making me think… I’d have to say that striving for that last little, but important, bit of time is very difficult, and sometimes frustrating.
Of all your races to date, is there one that stands out in your mind?
My first Grand-Am race. It was very interesting to see how much different G-AM is from SCCA. Very fun race.
What is your greatest strength in your race craft?
My ability to be patient enough to strategically set up passes when passing people in class and out of class.
What makes you unique to racing?
My age and ability.
Is there anything you wouldn’t try or do in life?
I’d try anything once…mostly anything.
What has racing contributed to your personal growth?
It has made me more mature and more situationally aware.
What would you say is your life’s greatest achievement?
Dude, I’m 17, I’m lucky to still be alive.
What steps do you take to mentally prepare before a race?
Clear my head, get in the car, get in a groove and just go.
What is your fitness regime?
Don’t have a specific one. I am very active though. Aside from driving, I’m a class V white water kayacker, mountain bike in colorado, and rock climb.
What do you feel is your contribution to racing?
What is the most important piece of advice you would give to a new driver?
Work HARD because there is a steep learning curve.
Did you have a mentor?
Well I have learned a lot, and continue to learn a lot from a good family friend, Randy Pobst.
If so, what is the one most important piece of advice they gave you?
Shake n’ Bake.