Darin Mock Ready to Take On Lime Rock Road Course

May 27, 2022

Darin Mock Ready to Take On Lime Rock Road Course

After a few weeks off, the TA2 Class Trans Am Series is back in action this weekend at the famous Lime Rock Park for the Trans Am Memorial Day Classic.

Darin Mock and the No. 51 AAN Adjusters Ford Mustang team from Mike Cope Racing are ready to take on the 1.478-mile Classic Course. Practice and qualifying take place on Friday, the 68-lap race is Saturday.

Mock, as a rookie, will be coursing his way through the seven turns for the first time.

“Yep, another new track for me this year,” said the 19-year-old Mock. “I was able to get in some SIM practice, which is a good start. The real challenge is when you actually get out on any track and experience it from behind the wheel.

“The part I’m really excited about is racing a track like Lime Rock Park because it’s so rich in history. There are some pretty big names who have raced here and that, to me, is pretty cool.’

Early weather reports are calling for rain through much of the weekend. Since the Trans Am Series is a rain or shine deal, Mock has to take two approaches to the event.

“If we end up racing in the rain, then I have to stay on top of the changing track conditions,” Mock said. “The toughest part is visibility from all the other cars spraying water all over. You have to search around for the dry lanes as best you can.

“When we have dry conditions, it’s easier to get a feel of what my Ford Mustang can do around the course. Either way, we have to be prepared and that’s what this Mike Cope Racing Team does very well.”

With a new track, Mock has to set his expectations and goals at a reasonable level. Still, like any competitive driver, he’s looking to get everything he can out of the car and track when the checkered flag flies.

“I would really like to get a top-10 run out of this weekend,” Mock said. “We want to get our momentum going again and a good race is the best place to start for everyone. Being fast in practice and a good qualifying run are also helpful.

“Having a lack of experience at new tracks is something I am trying to speed up the learning process with during our practice sessions. The only way to do that is by turning laps, relay what I’m feeling to my crew chief and then have the whole team working together and improve.

“We have AAN Adjusters back on the car for this weekend, so it would be great to have a good run for them, too. This is a historic track on a historic weekend, we’re looking to make a little history of our own.”

To follow along with all the action, log on to www.GoTransAm.com and look for Lime Rock Park under the Events section.

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