The MINI JCW Team will head to Mid-Ohio for the fourth round of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSC). This will be CTSC’s first trip to Mid-Ohio since 2013. Being five years since the last event, a unique challenge is created, with all teams operating on a level playing field.
Mid-Ohio originally opened in 1962 as a playground for area businessmen to enjoy weekend sports car racing. Since then it has grown in to an amazing facility that hosts many top level series events. The 2.4 mile course has 15 turns and sits in Lexington, Ohio.
Mid-Ohio will also feature another debut, as driver Colin Mullan joins the team. The MINI JCW Team has been working with Mullan since last year and is excited to see him make his debut. Mullan will join Mark Pombo in the 52, which scored a victory in the last round at Sebring, for the remainder of the season.
Mullan has experience at Mid-Ohio, having participated in Jay Howard’s Motorsports Driver Development program (MDD) for a race in the F4 US Championship. His track experience combined with Pombo’s driving prowess gives the 52 a good shot at making it two wins in a row.
The remaining driver pairs are unchanged, Derek Jones and Nate Norenberg are in the 37, with Mat Pombo and Mike LaMarra in the 73. Norenberg won the pole at Sebring and qualified second at Daytona. Look for another strong qualifying run from him as he’s shown good speed all season.
The team will be looking to build off of their 1-2 finish at Sebring as they fight for position in the championship with Porsche and BMW. MINI is currently tied for first in the manufacturer standings.
The Mid-Ohio 120 will take place at 2:20 PM on Saturday, May 5th. You can watch the race live on IMSA.tv, the IMSA Roku app, or on the IMSA mobile app. Qualifying will be on IMSA radio and you can keep track of timing and scoring for all events at scoring.imsa.com
About the MINI JCW Team
The MINI JCW Team, operated by LAP Motorsports (@lapmotorsports), drives MINI’s most powerful Hardtop ever in the two-door John Cooper Works. The team competes in the fiercely competitive IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. For additional information please visit minijcwteam.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org