Mike Cope Racing has Mixed Results at Roval
March 21, 2022
Charlotte, NC (March 20, 2022)— The Charlotte Roval saw ups and downs for the Mike Cope Racing team. From a top 10 finish to a DNS, the results didn’t reflect the potential of these Cope Cars. At the end of the day, the drivers earned valuable seat time with all cars in one piece as we head to Road Atlanta in just a few days.
Darin Mock in the #51 AAN Adjusters Ford Mustang was the top finisher under the Mike Cope Racing banner. Starting P14, Mock showed consistency throughout the race moving up steadily as the laps clicked by. The Charlotte Roval is Mock’s home track and coming home P10 in front of friends and family made for icing on the cake of a great weekend and solid points run.
Matt Parent started P26 and gained the most spots of all the drivers under the tent. After a first lap spin following contact with teammate Ty Young, Parent’s #14 Venture General Contracting Mustang collected himself and his car to come back to a P17 finish.
Keith Prociuk’s #9 HP Tuners Ford Mustang ended the day P18, directly behind teammate Matt Parent. Prociuk encountered issues with his steering rack coming loose. Unfortunate circumstance as Prociuk had a fast race car with top 10 potential.
Championship contender, Thomas Merrill took the #26 Bridgehaul/HP Tuners Ford Mustang from P6 to P3 before running over debris which knocked a brake line loose. Merrill, with podium potential, ended the day P20.
Ty Young qualified P25 in his #22 Ty J. Young Wealth Management Ford Mustang, but first lap contact with teammate, Matt Parent, damaged the radiator and ended his day early. Young came home P28.
Jim Gallaugher suffered an eye injury during practice on Friday sending him to the infield care center. Unfortunately, the #16 Waypointe Ventures Ford Mustang had to sit out the race event to allow for some healing. Gallaugher took on the role as team cheerleader for the remainder of the event and hopes to be completely healed in time for Road Atlanta in just a few days.
Despite the roller coaster ride that was the Charlotte Roval, the MCR team gained valuable seat time and are taking all cars in one piece to Round 3 at Road Atlanta.
The Trans Am presented by Pirelli TA2 series rolls straight to Road Atlanta this weekend with load in scheduled for Wednesday, March 23rd. Two test sessions are scheduled for Thursday, March 24th. The weekend officially kicks off on Friday, March 25th with practice and qualifying. The main event will be Saturday, March 26th at 1:00pm EST. Watch for FREE as Trans Am streams LIVE on YouTube. Subscribe to www.youtube.com/thetransamseries or www.youtube.com/speedtourtv to cheer on the Mike Cope Racing team and ALL of the Cope Race Cars in the field!
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