With a new season of the Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BF Goodrich less than two months away, 2019 Series Championship-winning team Copeland Motorsports is pleased to confirm their first signee of the 2023 season. Returning after a rookie year in 2022, Max Opalski has his sights set high when the new season takes the green flag in January at the famed Daytona International Speedway.

“We are pleased to have Max back in one of our Copeland Motorsports prepared cars and after a year of learning in 2022, we are expecting quite big things from him this coming season,” expressed Copeland Motorsports Owner Dean Copeland. “Being comfortable with whom you are working with, familiarity, and speed is what it takes to win in this series and a second year with our program will provide Max with a lot of what is needed to win.”

After a rookie season that featured highs and lows, Opalski finished the season strong with his two best finishes in the final two event weekends of the season. Progressing up the results sheets and showing the speed to run inside the top-ten, Opalski gained the experience needed to run at the front of the field in a new season of competition.

“I am ready to get back out there and build upon the speed and results that we had in the latter half of this past season,” explained Opalski. “I had a tough start and a few events where I struggled. but I learned a ton that I can transition into this upcoming season. I am thankful for the partners that I have by my side and look forward to being able to represent them on the podium in 2023.”

Copeland continued, “Max has the skill and drive to win, and I think once he gets that first one out of the way, he will be able to rack up many more in the future.”

The Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BF Goodrich will kick off January 25-27 at the 12-turn, 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway Road Course.

With the start of the 2023 season just under two months away, Copeland Motorsports will continue to add to their Idemitsu Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BF Goodrich driver lineup. Interested parties are asked to contact Dean Copeland and Copeland Motorsports.

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