Mike Cope Racing Looking for the Top of the Podium at Road America
August 5, 2020
Coming off a successful Round 3 at Brainerd, MCR brings 7 cars to RA
Clearwater, FL (August 5, 2020)— It was a long haul to Brainerd International Raceway in July, and now Mike Cope Racing turns back around to head North again for Round 4 at Road America. Bringing along 4 trailers and 7 race cars, MCR has a full stable of talent to race for the podium this weekend in The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli TA2 division. From road course veterans to NASCAR young guns, MCR is sure to bring the excitement to Road America.
Thomas Merrill is coming off a second-place finish at Brainerd, and has his sights set on the top of the podium this weekend. The #81 Diehl-Merrill Racing/ HP Tuners/ MCR Ford Mustang hopes to roll off the trailer flawless. With plenty of track time this weekend, we know the MCR team will get Merrill dialed in and ready to attack. Keep an eye on the #81, as he is sure to be the one to beat.
Jett Noland does not disappoint. Brainerd saw this rookie of the year contender start P5, and finish P6. The tough turns of Brainerd International Raceway proved to not be a problem for Noland as he brought his #66 Noland’s Roofing/ Cypress Ridge Hunting Preserve Ford Mustang home with a solid top 10 finish. Noland is ready to tackle Road America—as he straps into the #66 and puts his Pirelli rubber on the track for the first time this weekend.
“While I haven’t raced at Road America before, I’ve gotten a lot of time in on the simulator,” said Noland. “I think that experience will really help me close the gap on my competition this weekend.”
With that, MCR has all the confidence in this young talent and we will see what he can do with Road America, in the real world.
Jim Gallaugher took a break from Brainerd but is back with us at Road America. It’s never a bad time when you have Gallaugher around. A true gentleman on and off the track, Gallaugher is ready to take to the famous course and see what the #16 Madison Group Ford Mustang can do this weekend.
Keith Prociuk has not been able to sit behind the driver seat of the #9 HP Tuners Ford Mustang since the first race of the season in Sebring. COVID got in the way for rounds 2 and 3, but Prociuk is ready to knock the dust off and get all the extra seat time Road America has to offer. Let us see if Keith has what it takes to jump back in and pick up where he left off.
Ty Gibbs is back with MCR in 2020 and will be behind the wheel of the #18 Mike Cope Race Cars house car. Gibbs, grandson of Coach Joe Gibbs, proves to be dominant in any series that he races and any race car he sits behind the wheel of. The #18 was fast during our test session at VIR earlier in the year, and Gibbs is ready to tackle the famous Road America. Look for the #18 to be at the top of the charts this weekend.
The Trans Am series joins the NASCAR Xfinity Series Henry 180 at Road America and with that we have drivers looking to get a little extra seat time as they prepare for their NASCAR race. With a set of test sessions, a pair of practices and one qualifying run—it proves to be beneficial for NASCAR drivers to jump in TA2 cars to better dial in their skills for their main event. MCR has been hosting NASCAR drivers and teams for the last 4 years and this year, we have a few familiar faces looking for that extra seat time.
Harrison Burton will pilot the #26 Mike Cope Race Cars house car; however, it will not be the usual safety yellow. Look for the #26 in all white at Road America. Burton, the son of NASCAR Hall of Fame Nominee, Jeff Burton is a great addition to the MCR banner this weekend. We are honored to have this young talent behind the wheel of our house car.
Riley Herbst rounds out the team of 7 under the MCR tent. Herbst will get behind the wheel of the dominant #99 Mike Cope Race Cars house car. While Herbst may not participate in the main event for Trans Am- the extra seat time in his TA2 car will prove beneficial as he chases the checkered in the Henry 180.
Make sure to tune into the NASCAR Xfinity Henry 180 to cheer on these two MCR supporters, Harrison Burton and Riley Herbst.
The weekend starts with two test sessions on Thursday. Friday will host a pair of practice sessions followed by a qualifying run later in the afternoon, and do not miss the main event scheduled for Saturday at 3:15pm CST. You can follow all live timing and scoring on the Trans Am website, www.gotransam.com and as always, MCR will be keeping you up to date on all team happenings throughout the weekend on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Follow us @mikecoperacing on all social media platforms.
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 2020 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 firstname.lastname@example.org