On Saturday, May 23rd, Scott Heckert raced in the Trans Am race at Lime Rock Park (CT), driving the No. 52 Ford Mustang of Mike Cope Racing Enterprises. Heckert started the race in the sixth position, finishing in fourth.
Read the team release below (photo credit: Chris Clark).
Mike Cope built cars sweep Top 5 in TA2 at Lime Rock
MCRE platform and direction showcased in Round 4
CLEARWATER, Fla. (May 25, 2015) – The Mike Cope Racing Enterprises (MCRE) platform was dominant in The 3-Dimensional Services Muscle Car Challenge, Round 4 of the 2015 Trans Am Championship at Lime Rock Park, with MCRE built cars sweeping the top five finishers in the 100-mile race.
Tony Ave captured the overall victory behind the wheel of his MCRE built, Tony Ave Racing prepped, Ford Mustang and was followed across the finish line by Dillon Machavern, in his MCRE built Riggins Engineering prepped Ford Mustang, and Kevin Poitras, in an MCRE built and prepped Ford Mustang—resulting in a podium completely dominated by MCRE and the Ford platform.
“It was an absolutely amazing weekend,” said Mike Cope, Owner of MCRE. “Weekends like this not only show the capability of the MCRE platform, but why we’re so invested in Trans Am’s TA2 class. We were 50 laps into a 100-mile race on a road course and we had a train of 12 of these cars running nose-to-tail in front of a crowd of thousands— it’s road racing at its best. The race showcased the endurance and consistency of our cars but at the same time the sheer speed, with Kevin (Poitras) setting the fast lap and track record for TA2 with a 54.486.”
But the accolades continued outside the top three for MCRE built cars with Scott Heckert and JJ Haley finishing fourth and fifth, in a MCRE Ford Mustang and MCRE Chevrolet Camaro, respectively. Both Heckert and Haley are plying their trade in the Trans Am Series as well as at the K&N Pro Series East, as members of HScott Motorsports.
“It couldn’t have gone better if we had planned it,” said Cope. “We went into the weekend talking about the value of TA2 as top-level road racing experience for young talents like Scott and JJ, and then they go and land in the top five in a field full of some of the best road racers in the country. The similarities between their K&N rides and TA2 let them hit the ground running, and I can’t give Scott (Heckert) enough credit for his fourth place finish in his first-ever appearance in Trans Am. Likewise, JJ was sick throughout the weekend and really battled through it for his finish.”
While MCRE cars only made up seven of the twenty-three car entry in TA2, their dominance on the weekend came as little surprise to the Cope team.
“We’re confident in the quality of our product,” said Cope. “Yes, you can say that some of the best drivers in the paddock own MCRE built cars; but then that means that the best drivers pick MCRE—which is a statement in and of its self. Either way, I’m proud of our performance this weekend and I expect it to set the bar for weekends going forward.”
As of the completion of Round 4 at Lime Rock, MCRE built cars control seven of the top 15 positions in the 2015 Chase for the Trigon Trophy, the TA2 class point standings, and five of the top 10.
Results for MCRE built cars at Lime Rock Park:
|No||Name||Car||Finish||Best Time||Qualified||Q. Time|
|70||Tony Ave||Ford Mustang||1||00:54.692||5||00:53.940|
|24||Dillon Machavern||Ford Mustang||2||00:54.844||7||00:54.117|
|73||Kevin Poitras*||Ford Mustang||3||00:54.486||2||00:53.566|
|52||Scott Heckert*||Ford Mustang||4||00:54.919||6||00:54.021|
|99||JJ Haley*||Chevrolet Camaro||5||00:54.756||4||00:53.769|
|34||Tony Buffomante*||Ford Mustang||8||00:55.052||7||00:54.489|
|9||Keith Prociuk*||Chevrolet Camaro||16||00:55.303||15||00:55.147|
*MCRE “Arrive and Drive” member.
The MCRE team will now begin preparations for Round 5 of the 2015 Trans Am Championship at New Jersey Motorsports Park on June 14, 2015.
About Mike Cope Racing Enterprises:
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. Learn more at www.mikecoperacecars.com.
Mike Cope Racing Enterprises is based in Clearwater, Florida.
Mike Cope Racing Enterprises partners include: Quarter Master, Hawk Performance, Schoenfeld Headers, Wilwood, Port City Racecars, ButlerBuilt, Integra Shocks and Keyser Manufacturing.
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