Mike Cope Racing Running from the Storm, Heads to The Glen

September 4, 2019

Mike Cope Racing Running from the Storm, Heads to The Glen


MCR heads to Watkins Glen in hopes of leaving storm in dust, literally and figuratively


Clearwater, FL (September 4, 2019)— As Hurricane Dorian put pressure on Florida this week, the Mike Cope Racing team worked to turn around two haulers full of race cars in 4 days. The stress of the impending storm and the workload ahead of the team didn’t slow down MCR. With the uncertainty of where this storm was going and if Florida would be affected, the team set out to Watkins Glen on Labor Day in hopes of leaving the hurricane (and the bad luck that have been chasing them) in the rearview.

The iconic Watkins Glen International located near beautiful Seneca Lake welcomes Round 8 of The Trans Am Series Presented by Pirelli TA2 division September 5-8, 2019 and MCR brings with it 5 cars to battle for podium position in hopes of taking the top spot.

Coming off two race events in a row where mechanical demons stole the show, MCR enters The Glen with a new game plan and hopes to turn their luck back around.

The 2016 TA2 Champion, Tony Buffomante, joins Mike Cope Racing this weekend, but not in his typical blue #34. Buffomante is trading his ride for a white #34 as he tests out the power of the new Series Choice Engine. Buffomante is no stranger to victory lane at The Glen. Let’s see if he can make his return this weekend.

Lawless Alan, who battled a blown engine during practice at Mid-Ohio, is back behind the wheel of the #52 AutoParkIt Ford Mustang. With a new engine under the hood, Alan is ready regain the momentum he lost at Mid-Ohio and continue his 2019 TA2 Rookie of the Year title chase.

Keith Prociuk in the #9 HP Tuners Chevrolet Camaro hopes to change his luck at The Glen and get his hot rod running back up front where he belongs. With 4 races remaining in the 2019 TA2 season, Prociuk is itching for a podium finish, and so is Mike Cope Racing.

Joe Gibbs Racing drivers, Riley Herbst and Ty Gibbs, join forces with MCR for the final time in 2019. Ty Gibbs will be in the #26 Hi Yellow MCR House Car, but Herbst is switching numbers this weekend. Look for Riley in the Mike Cope Racing #99. 

Festivities are set to get underway on Wednesday, September 4. The schedule of events is as follows:

Wed, Sept 4th

4:10pm- TA2 Test Day Session 1

Thurs, Sept 5th

9:40am- TA2 Test Day Session 2

4:45pm- TA2 Practice

Fri, Sept 6th

5:00pm- TA2 Qualifying

Sat, Sept 7th

10:40am- TA2 Powered by AEM Race (100 miles, 30 laps, or 70 min)

Follow along all weekend, as the Mike Cope Racing team and the Trans Am TA2 powered by AEM series takeover Watkins Glen International.  Don’t forget to check us out on social media and give the Mike Cope Racing team a follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. It’s @mikecoperacing on all platforms, for the latest team news, updates and photos from throughout the weekend.


About Mike Cope Racing Enterprises, Inc: 


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.  Mike Cope Racing Enterprises is based in Clearwater, Florida.  Learn more at www.mikecoperacecars.com


Mike Cope Racing Enterprises partners include:  Koury Engines, Keyser Manufacturing, FiveStar RaceCar Bodies, Wilwood Brakes, Bassett Wheels, Penske Racing Shocks, Integra Racing Shocks, and Tilton.

Parties interested in the MCRE “Arrive and Drive” Program in TA2, or would like to purchase a Mike Cope Chassis can contact the team office at 727-201-8910 or email megan@mikecoperacecars.com

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