A threat for race wins and podium results in every series they compete in, Copeland Motorsports is joining the World Racing League (WRL) at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend. Entering a pair of Copeland Motorsports branded Hyundai machines, eight drivers will compete in sixteen hours of wheel-to-wheel competition at one of North America’s most iconic facilities in Lexington, Ohio.
“This is a huge deal for us,” explained Copeland Motorsports’ Dean Copeland. “The WRL program is something that we have competed at in the past and have been working hard to make sure that we can compete at again. We have big plans for the remainder of the 2022 season and onwards into 2023 but our sole focus is on Mid-Ohio this weekend.”
Entering a pair of Hyundais, the same Hyundais that earned multiple victories in the SRO Motorsports Group TCA class in 2020, Copeland Motorsports is bringing eight hungry drivers and a wealth of experience to the WRL paddock this weekend.
Copeland continued, “We have a young program and that should prove good for us in the latter stages of the race, but we have been preaching to win, we need to be there at the finish. While endurance racing is new for many of our drivers, I am confident in their abilities as well as the team’s preparation to give us a fighting chance to be on the top step of the podium when the checkered flag flies.”
The #257 entry will see 2022 Daytona Mazda MX-5 Cup winner Tyler Gonzalez, national level shifter kart driver Zach Hollingshead, fellow Mazda MX-5 Cup drivers Matt Curry and Joey Atanasio as well as WRL regular Scott Oliver while the #251 entry will see TCA front-runner Caleb Bacon, Mazda MX-5 Cup rookie Max Opalski and Ariel Castro while Tyler Gonzalez will also assist in the driving duties as he pulls double duty on the weekend.
Copeland added, “We have opportunities for drivers at future events and the possibility to add additional cars and drivers. With some of our drivers competing in other series, we will have to fill the void in some vacant seats at select events in 2022.”
The WRL program will see a pair of eight hour endurance races over Saturday and Sunday with an additional eight hours of practice time on Friday
“WRL is no joke when it comes to track time,” expressed Copeland. “A possible twenty-four hours of track time over three days is probably the best bang for your buck in racing and that is one of the major factors that is driving us to make sure we have one of the best programs in the paddock.”
You can catch Copeland Motorsports on track this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course by tuning into Live Timing on the Race Monitor app or stay tuned to their social media pages for news, information, photos and results from the event weekend.
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