With two event weekends in the Michelin Pilot Challenge now behind them, Tyler Maxson and Tyler Gonzalez will head to the famed Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this coming weekend. Taking on the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge with their Copeland Motorsports prepared Hyundai Veloster N TCR, the teenage duo is looking to turn their luck around and prove that their on-track speed is no fluke.
“It has been a little bit of a tough start for us,” explained Tyler Maxson. “While we have shown speed, we have had some electrical gremlins that have crept at the start of our first two events. It is disappointing as we had high hopes this season, but I know that the Copeland Motorsports crew has been working hard to fix the issue. We have definitely had the speed to run at the front of the field, just lack the luck so far this year.”
Tyler Gonzalez went on to say, “We have had some definite highs and some big lows in 2021 but one thing is for sure that we have had the speed needed. I think we have made a good first impression, but we are hungry for that win. Tyler and I both know that when we get that first win, the rest will be a little easier.”
Qualifying on the front row during the most recent event at the Sebring International Raceway, the #27 entry was forced to the garage for electrical repairs before the green flag even flew. Diagnosing and determining the issue, the Copeland Motorsports entry returned to the track to run times that would see them in the top-five.
Putting their issues behind them and ready for Mid-Ohio, Maxson and Gonzalez have their goals set as they travel to the Midwest for the Mid-Ohio 120.
Michelin Pilot Challenge Event Schedule
May 14: 9:15am to 10:15am – Practice 1
May 14: 1:15pm to 2:15pm – Practice 2
May 14: 5:50pm to 6:25pm – Qualifying
May 15: 3:35pm to 5:35pm – Mid-Ohio 120