Hard fought weekend for Mike Cope at New Jersey

June 17, 2015

 Hard fought weekend for Mike Cope at New Jersey

Misfortune dashes MCRE platform podium push despite strong showing

CLEARWATER, Fla. (June 15, 2015) – The Mike Cope Racing Enterprises team leaves New Jersey Motorsports Park slightly disappointed but not disheartened after a hard fought Round 5 of the 2015 Trans Am Championship.

“We saw a lot of good things this weekend but, unfortunately, had more than our fair share of misfortune,” said Cope. “Between some mechanical gremlins and just simple good old-fashioned poor luck, we didn’t see the kind of results that we as a team, and car builder, strive for. In a Series as competitive as the TA2 class, you can’t expect to sweep the top five two events in a row—especially when things just are not rolling your way.”

Despite a frustrating race, the team still takes many positives back home to the Clearwater shop, including a season-best finish for MCRE “Arrive and Drive” member Keith Prociuk, driving an MCRE prepped Chevrolet Camaro.

“It’s great to see Keith finally break into the top ten,” said Cope. “He’s a really talented driver who came to TA2 and wanted to improve as a racer and really test himself in an ultra-competitive environment; and I think it’s safe to say he’s found that here with MCRE. He’s been workmanlike in his efforts and is constantly learning and improving as a driver— I’m excited to see his results going forward as he builds on this finish.”

Multiple MCRE built cars had strong performances throughout the weekend with both Dillon Machavern, in an MCRE built, Riggins Engineering prepped, Ford Mustang, and Tony Buffomante, in an MCRE built and prepped Ford Mustang, ran in and challenged the top five throughout the race; but both fell victim to a tumultuous turn one incident immediately following the final restart of the TA2 race that saw contact dash their podium hopes. Tony Ave, driving an MCRE built and Tony Ave Racing prepped Ford Mustang, also fell victim to contact on the restart

“It was unfortunate to see both Tony and Dillon set back like that,” said Cope. “They were both running very well; Dillon even set a track record towards the end. They were in prime position to challenge at the end, but these things happen in racing. They’re both incredibly talented drivers, and I expect them to rebound immediately at Brainerd, next round.”

Kevin Poitras, MCRE Arrive and Drive member and driver of an MCRE built and prepped Ford Mustang, suffered from misfortune as well, having to switch cars and requalify only to suffer further mechanical issues that ended his day.

“Kevin had a real tough go this weekend,” said Cope. “He worked so hard throughout the weekend overcoming obstacle after obstacle, but in the end it just wasn’t meant to be. He’ll be up there challenging for the lead again soon enough.”

The MCRE team will now begin work for the Ryan Companies Independence Day Classic, Round 6 of the 2015 Trans Am Championship, at Brainerd International Raceway on July 5, with eyes set firmly on the TA2 podium. In 2014 MCRE captured its first every TA2 win at the Minnesota based track and will head north with an eye to replicate those results.

“We have the utmost confidence in our product, our prep work and our drivers,” said Cope. “We’re going to work as hard as possible to make sure everything is ready to go for Brainerd as we near the halfway mark on the season. There are still plenty of points to be earned, and we’re going to do our best to help our customers grab as many as possible.”

As of the completion of Round 5 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, MCRE built cars control seven of the top 15 positions in the 2015 Chase for the Trigon Trophy, the TA2 class point standings.

Results for MCRE built cars at New Jersey Motorsports Park:

 

No

Name

Car

Finish

Best Time

Qualified

Q. Time

5

Dillon Machavern

Ford Mustang

8

1:22.754

5

01:21.873

9

Keith Prociuk*

Chevrolet Camaro

9

1:23.920

13

01:23.322

52

Kevin Poitras*

Ford Mustang

17

01:23.989

11

01:22.543

34

Tony Buffomante*

Ford Mustang

18

01:23.250

6

01:21.905

70

Tony Ave

Ford Mustang

19

01:23.628

8

01:23.628

 

*MCRE “Arrive and Drive” member.

About Mike Cope Racing Enterprises:

Perhaps no other team has worked so diligently to achieve success over the course of 30 years as MCRE. Over the years, they have successfully launched corporate sponsorships in national series, developed short track and SCCA Road race champions and mentored young upcoming drivers. Lead by Mike Cope, he brings the same enthusiasm, dedication and knowledge to his race team that made him victorious in his own racing career.

MCRE offers a variety of services for drivers interested in the Trans Am Series’ TA2 program, including custom builds, arrive and drive programs, maintenance programs, consulting, driver mentoring, set-up and shock dyno. Learn more at www.mikecoperacecars.com.

Mike Cope Racing Enterprises is based in Clearwater, Florida.

Mike Cope Racing Enterprises partners include: Quarter Master, Hawk Performance, Schoenfeld Headers, Wilwood, Port City Racecars, ButlerBuilt, Integra Shocks and Keyser Manufacturing.

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