Pre-Race report: The MINI JCW Team at Daytona

The MINI JCW Team, looking to build continued success on their strong second-place finish in last year’s grand finale at Road Atlanta, has added new drivers and a third car for the 2016 edition of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. The Team is excited that the new additions, coupled with the return of last year’s team members, and three solid days of testing at the Roar Before the 24, will give them a winning formula for more podium finishes in 2016.

Returning Drivers

The good news for all MINI JCW fans is that Mat Pombo and Derek Jones, the duo who brought MINI JCW its first podium finish at Road Atlanta last year will return in MINI JCW #73—and this time they will be back in the car for the entire season of CTSCC battles. Both Mat and Derek are experienced and very quick—undoubtedly they will bring the MINI fans much excitement during the new racing season. In addition, the Team will be announcing a title sponsor for MINI JCW #73 in the near future.

Also back with the Team will be Ramin Abdolvahabi, who drove MINI #52 during the last half of 2015. Ramin showed consistency and speed in his driving stints, worthy accomplishments for someone who first drove at this level of competition only two years ago. Ramin’s continued improvement will be a big plus for the MINI JCW Team in 2016.

New Drivers

James Vance will be joining the MINI JCW Team in 2016. James is 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. In 2014, James drove a Porsche Cayman in the CTSCC. He is an up and coming young driver who will add to MINI JCW Team’s success.

Additional driver announcements and the driver lineups will be made before the season’s first race at Daytona International Speedway on January 29, 2016.

Valued Partners

LAP Motorsports is very proud of the effort and results of the MINI JCW Team last year and is excited about the advances to be made in 2016. However, without our valued partners, MINI USA and Antistatic Designs, the success of 2015 would not have been possible. The Team is proud to announce that these partners will return for 2016. KW Suspensions will provide increased technical support as one of the Team’s partners throughout the coming year and during our racing weekends. We look forward to celebrating good times with all of our valued partners!

Next Race

The kick-off of the 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge will be at Daytona International Speedway January 27-29, 2016. Please check the CTSCC website for details of live streaming and TV broadcast information. Let the games begin!