Mike Cope Racing Brings New and Veteran Talent to Mid-Ohio

June 24, 2021

Mike Cope Racing Brings New and Veteran Talent to Mid-Ohio

Trans Am Returns to Mid-Ohio with Impressive 29 Car Field


Lexington, OH (June 23, 2021) — Mike Cope Racing brings a tent full of talent both new and seasoned to Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course for Round 5 of the Trans Am Championship presented by Pirelli. Keith Prociuk, Jim Gallaugher, Ken Thwaits, Darin Mock and Luke Rumburg will park their cars under the Mike Cope Racing banner for a chance to step foot on the podium at Mid-Ohio.  Missing from that list fresh and familiar faces will be championship contender Thomas Merrill. Prior obligations have Merrill sitting out from round 5, but he will return at Road America to continue the chase for the championship.

Keith Prociuk had one of his most impressive qualifying runs at Lime Rock with a P4 starting spot and he hopes to bring that qualifying momentum to Mid-Ohio. Prociuk’s #9 HP Tuner Ford Mustang is back together after a tough Lime Rock main event and ready for redemption at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Jim Gallaugher returns to the tent with his #16 Madison Group Ford Mustang after missing round 4 at Lime Rock. Gallaugher hopes to bring a fresh start to the season that has proven to be quite the challenge. The team and Gallaugher look to turn their luck around at round 5.

Darin Mock, son of former NASCAR Cup team owner Butch Mock, will debut his brand new #51 Cope Race Cars chassis at Round 5 in Mid-Ohio. Mock has participated in a few test sessions to shake down his new ride but is looking forward to making his TA2 debut this weekend. Keep an eye on this young talent as he will most definitely be giving the veterans a run for their money.

A fresh face to the team and to TA2, Luke Rumburg will take the controls of the #99 Mike Cope Race Cars house car for his debut with the team. Rumburg previously competed in the IMSA Sports Car Challenge series and is looking to get his feet wet with the horsepower of these TA2 machines. This may be the first time seeing the name Luke Rumburg with MCR, but it will not be the last as this young talent will also join the team at Virginia International Raceway later this season.

Last, but certainly not least, Ken Thwaits will take the reigns of the #26 Cope Race Cars house car, but only for the practice sessions. MCR is currently in the process of building Thwaits his very own TA2 machine and in the meantime, Thwaits plans on getting some seat time in the house car before his debut in his own ride at the Nashville Grand Prix.

The Trans Am Championship Round 5 weekend is underway! The TA2 test session is scheduled for June 24th with practice and qualifying on June 25th. The Trans Am presented by Pirelli Round 5 Mid-Ohio main event will be June 26th at 1:05pm EST.

For the latest updates on the entire Mike Cope Racing team, make sure to follow along on social media. We will be following the action and going “live” all weekend on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Give us a follow. You can find us @mikecoperacing on all platforms. You can also stream the event LIVE on the Trans Am Racing by Pirelli app.



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 Race Car Bodies, Wilwood Brakes, Bassett Wheels, Penske Racing Shocks, Integra Racing Shocks, and Tilton.

Parties interested in the 2021 MCRE “Arrive and Drive” Program in TA2, or would like to purchase a Cope Race Cars Chassis can contact the team office at 727-201-8910 or email megan@mikecoperacecars.com

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