Darin Mock has another solid run during his first race at Lime Rock Park
June 1, 2022
Darin Mock and the No. 51 AAN Adjusters Ford Mustang team of Mike Cope Racing qualified 15th and endured trying and changing track conditions around the 1.478-mile road course. Not so much the track itself as the fact Mother Nature kept visiting and revisiting during the race.
Starting out in the rain, teams had put on the Pirelli rain tires to get as much traction as possible under the slick conditions. Then, the rain stopped and many teams were left out there to race with rain tires still on their cars, Mock being one of them.
Later, the rains started again with the race ending under wet conditions.
When it was all said and done, Mock credited the team and strategy for putting him in place for the much-needed good finish.
“We were good right from the start in both practice and qualifying,” said Mock, who’s competing for Rookie of the Year honors in the TA2 Trans Am Class. “It’s always good when you unload with a great car and it shows up in the practice and qualifying efforts. The crew was spot on in every aspect of the race weekend and I can’t thank them enough for their efforts.
“At one point, we were running sixth when a lot of teams pitted to put the slicks back on once the track dried after the initial rains. Then, it started to rain again at the end and they were caught out there with those tires.
“Our strategy was to keep the rain tires and not lose any time in the pits by coming in to change from the rain to dry tires. It worked out pretty well for us in the end. The only bad part was I used up, I think, too much of my rain tires under dry conditions that prevented us to be better at the end.”
Towards the end, many teams started to fall out, spin out or crash out of the race when it started to rain again. Mock was very complimentary to the Mike Cope Racing team saying they were on their game all weekend.
“I couldn’t have asked anything more from this team,” he said. “They were good from the time we unloaded through practice, qualifying, the race and overcoming the adverse wet to dry to wet racing conditions.
“We all needed to have a good weekend and race finish like this one. I am very happy for my Mike Cope Racing teammate Thomas Merrill winning the race. That was great to see, they were on the same strategy we were all day.
“Next up is Mid Ohio and I’m looking forward to that race because this is one of the few tracks on the schedule I have some prior experience.”
Because of his good finish at Lime Rock, Mock now sits 17th in overall points.