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MINI in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge 2016

 

MINI JCW Team MINI No. 37

MINI begins the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge 2016 season today in the BMW Performance 200 at Daytona International Speedway.  Last year MINI started late into the season with pre-production MINI John Cooper Works Hardtops so this will be the MINI’s first full season.  The season consists of ten races and runs through September.

MINI USA has again partnered with LAP Motorsports LLC for a three-car MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop lineup for 2016.  They will compete in the Street Tuner (ST) class.

The BMW Performance 200 starts at 1:45pm ET.  You can watch the race live at IMSA.com.

 

No. Drivers
37 Mark Pombo
Ethan Low
52 Ramin Abdolvahabi
James Vance
73 Derek Jones
Mat Pombo

From BMW Group PressClub USA:

MINI JOHN COOPER WORKS TEAM GEARS UP FOR 2016 IMSA CONTINENTAL TIRE SPORTSCAR CHALLENGE SERIES

  • 2016 will be the first full season for the team after late start in 2015
  • Driver line-up confirmed plus addition of third car
  • Team hopes to keep momentum following podium finish at season finale

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – January 28MINI USA and LAP MotorSports LLC are gearing up the MINI John Cooper Works Team for the 2016 season of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC), the first full season for the team. The team also today announced the addition of a third car and two new drivers – Ethan Lowe and James Vance. Building on the momentum of the team’s first podium at the season finale at Road Atlanta last year and a solid performance during three days of testing at The Roar Before the 24, the team is hopeful for more podium finishes during the 2016 season. The season kicks-off this Friday, January 29th, at Daytona International Speedway.

The Indianapolis-based MINI John Cooper Works team owned and operated by racing veteran Luis Perocarpi will return this year with drivers Mat Pombo and Derek Jones. The racing duo, who brought MINI JCW its first podium finish at Road Atlanta last year, will return in MINI JCW #73. This year they’ll be back in the car for the entire season of CTSCC battles. Also joining the team with Mat and Derek is Ramin Abdolvahabi, who drove MINI #52 during the last half of 2015.

Newby James Vance will be joining the MINI JCW Team this year. A very quick, young driver from the U.K. by way of Canada, he drove Karts for seven years and competed in SCCA Mazda MX-5 Cup in 2013 with best finishes of second at Road Atlanta and fourth at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
Ethan Low comes off a stellar rookie season in 2015 that saw him finish sixth overall in the Street Tuner class, including two forth place finishes and five top tens. Low was the top finishing rookie closing driver in last year’s field. Low returns to Daytona where he made his first career start in the series qualifying sixth in last year’s BMW Performance 200.

The team will compete with a fleet of production-derived MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop race cars closely related to the John Cooper Works Hardtops that are currently on sale at MINI dealerships across the U.S.

With a super-wide stance, ultra-rigid body and incredibly precise handling, MINI has a long history in motorsports and has always felt right at home on the track. Ever since John Cooper first recognized the racing potential of the classic Mini in the early 1960s, his name has stood for success and performance on the race track
with MINI.

For a full schedule of the 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series, please visit IMSA.com . To follow the team during the race on Friday, January 29th go to IMSA.com or download the IMSA app. Follow #37, #52 and #73 while they compete in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge! Green Flag is scheduled for 1:45PM.

About MINI in the US
MINI is an independent brand of the BMW Group. In the United States, MINI USA operates as a business unit of BMW of North America, LLC, located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey and includes the marketing and sales organizations for the MINI brand. The MINI USA sales organization is represented in the U.S. through a network of 124 MINI passenger car dealers in 39 states. MINI USA began selling vehicles in the U.S. in 2002 with the introduction of the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S Hardtops. Since then, the MINI Brand in the U.S. has grown to encompass a model range of six unique vehicles.

About LAP MotorSports LLC
Involved in motorsports since 1998, Luis Perocarpi founded Indianapolis, IN, based LAP MotorSports LLC in 2008 and established LAP as one of the leading service providers in building, operating and managing race programs and race teams in North America and Europe. LAP Motorsports has been involved with ChampCar programs of Patrick Racing, Team Rahal, HVM, Herdez Competition and Minardi Team USA and series such as Formula Atlantic, Indy Lights, Superleague Formula, USF2000, Pro Mazda, Grand Am, ALMS, Ferrari Challenge, SCORE International and IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge.

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IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge 2016

Date Race Track Location
1/29 BMW Performance 200 Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, FL
3/17 Sebring International Raceway Sebring International Raceway Sebring, FL
4/29 Continental Tire Monterey Gran Prix Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, CA
7/1 Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen, NY
7/8 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Bowmanville, ON
7/22 Lime Rock Park Lime Rock Park Lakeville, CT
8/5 Continental Tire Road Race Showcase Road America Elkhart Lake, WI
8/26 VIRginia International Raceway VIRginia International Raceway Danville, VA
9/15 Circuit of The Americas Circuit of The Americas Austin, TX
9/28 Road Atlanta Road Atlanta Braselton, GA
MINI JCW Team Daytona 2016

photo from www.facebook.com/minijcwteam.


MINI begins 2015 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge in Sebring

LAP Motorsports MINIs

photo by LAP Motorsports

 

After a two-year absence since RSR Motorsports exited, MINI returns to the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge today at Sebring International Raceway.

LAP Motorsports LLCMINI USA has partnered with LAP Motorsports LLC to field two pre-production MINI John Cooper Works Hardtops which will compete in the Street Tuner (ST) class.

The Microsoft Visual Studio 150 starts at 1:05 ET.

You can watch the race live at IMSA.com.

No. Drivers
37 Remo Ruscitti
Dan Clarke
52 Lukas Johnson
Stephen Simpson

From the BMW Group PressClub USA press release:

Woodcliff Lake, NJ, and Indianapolis, IN – March 18, 2015… MINI USA and LAP Motorsports LLC today confirmed the team’s driver line-up for MINI’s return to the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) in the Street Tuner (ST) class. The Indianapolis-based MINI John Cooper Works team owned and operated by racing veteran Luis Perocarpi will make its racing debut this weekend at the Microsoft Visual Studio 150 at Sebring International Raceway in Florida.

Earlier this week the new MINI John Cooper Works team, which formed only a few months ago, left for Sebring with brand new cars and a mix of youth, talent and experience ready to get behind the wheels. Remo Ruscitti and Dan Clarke will share the #37 car while Lukas Johnson and Stephen Simpson will share the #52 car.

The team will compete with a fleet of production-derived MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop race cars closely related to the John Cooper Works Hardtops that will be arriving in dealers this summer. This will be the first time these cars put rubber to tarmac in competition. In addition to the MINI USA support, the team also has sponsorships with Fikse Wheels and KW Suspensions.

“All four drivers have a proven history of winning championships at various levels and have experience in either the Tudor United or Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge racing series,” said Luis Perocarpi, owner and operations director of LAP Motorsports. “By combining MINI’s famous go-kart handling with a BMW Group developed turbocharged power plant and these talented drivers, we will have cars on track competing for the win.”

With a super-wide stance, ultra-rigid body and incredibly precise handling, MINI has a long history in motorsports and has always felt right at home on the track. Ever since John Cooper first exploited the racing potential of the classic Mini in the early 1960s, his name has stood for success and performance on the race track with MINI.

“We are looking forward to having Luis and the team at LAP Motorsports join the MINI Motorsports family and know that they will continue to build on the rich racing heritage that started back in the 1960s,” said Chris Potgieter, Product Manager, MINI USA. “When you combine the power and performance of the new MINI John Cooper Works Hardtop, the most powerful car that we’ve ever built, with the proven track record of the LAP Motorsports team, it is sure to be an exciting year for all the MINI fans everywhere.”

The young guns on the team are Ruscitti and Johnson, a pair of 20 year olds with racing IQs beyond their years. Hailing from Toronto, Ontario, Ruscitti had a great 2014 campaign in the ST class notching a victory and several top ten. Johnson, from St. Paul, Minn., won the 2013 Intercontinental Trophy Cup season championship and competed in both ST and GS class events during the 2014 season. Both have lengthy resumes of success in national and international karting and have seamlessly transitioned into sports cars over the past two years.

Bringing track-tested leadership and international experience of their own are Dan Clarke and Stephen Simpson. Clarke, from Yorkshire, UK, brings an outstanding resume, which includes British F3, Champ Car World Series, A1GP, Indy Lights and selected races in the 2014 CTSCC. Simpson, who hails from Cape Town, South Africa but now resides in Indianapolis, also has a long history of success climbing the open wheel ranks in Europe including British and European Formula 2.0, A1GP, Indy Lights, Formula Atlantic, and ALMS. Most recently he has enjoyed success in the Tudor United Sportscar Championship Prototype Challenge series with JDC Miller Motorsports.

MINI’s return to motorsport is all encompassing, even down to the finest details, with the cars racing under the historic numbers of 37 and 52 used during MINI’s racing success in the 1960s. In 1964, Northern Ireland’s Patrick (“Paddy”) Hopkirk and his co-driver Henry Liddon held off more powerful rivals and won the legendary Monte Carlo Rally in a Mini Cooper S for the first time. The classic Mini’s dominance of the Monte Carlo Rally continued over the years with Hopkirk’s Finnish team-mates Timo Mäkinen and Rauno Aaltonen adding two more overall victories in 1965 and 1967.

Early this year, MINI celebrated its fourth consecutive overall win at the world famous Dakar Rally when Nasser Al-Attiyah and Mathieu Baumel crossed the finishing line in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires as the overall winners, having won five of the 13 legs in their MINI ALL4 Racing.

In addition to this new partnership with LAP Motorsports, MINI USA enjoys a partnership with the Miles Ahead driving school, which operates the MINI Motoring School at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  This year the school will operate with a program fleet using 2015 MINI John Cooper Works Hardtops.

About LAP MotorSports LLC

Involved in motorsports since 1998, Luis Perocarpi founded Indianapolis, IN, based LAP MotorSports LLC in 2008 and established LAP as one of the leading service providers in building, operating and managing race programs and race teams in North America and Europe. LAP Motorsports has been involved with ChampCar programs of Patrick Racing, Team Rahal, HVM, Herdez Competition and Minardi Team USA and series such as Formula Atlantic, Indy Lights, Superleague Formula, USF2000, Pro Mazda, Grand Am, ALMS, Ferrari Challenge, SCORE International and IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge.

MINI Motoring Rewards Program
Don’t worry if you don’t have a name as cool as legendary Classic Mini drivers Paddy, Rauno, or Timo. You can still take home cash racing a MINI in amateur or professional competitions through the MINI Motoring Awards Program. It’s just a little extra incentive for MINI owners to get out there and give racing a go. Not that the sheer fun and adrenaline rush of pressing a MINI through a closed course isn’t already enough. But getting your gas money covered never hurts. For more information about the MINI Motoring Rewards Program visit MINIUSA.COM and click on MINI Motorsports.

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IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge 2015

Date Race Track Location
1/23 BMW Performance 200 Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, FL
3/20 Microsoft Visual Studio 150 Sebring International Raceway Sebring, FL
5/2 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, CA
6/27 Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen, NY
7/11 Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Canadian Tire Motorsport Park Bowmanville, ON
7/25 Lime Rock Park Lime Rock Park Lakeville, CT
8/8 Road America Road America Elkhart Lake, WI
8/22 VIRginia International Raceway VIRginia International Raceway Danville, VA
9/18 Circuit of The Americas Circuit of The Americas Austin, TX
10/2 Road Atlanta Road Atlanta Braselton, GA