The MINI JCW Team has won the TC America Championship for the second year in a row. The title, captured at the Indianapolis Speedway this past weekend, is the second in two years and was proceeded by the 2018 title in the Continental Tire Challenge Series in IMSA.
Huge congrats to Luis and team for another incredible year! And a special congrats to all of the local MINI dealer technicians who donated their time and supported the team with preparations, repairs, adjustments and pit stops during the season.
MINI USA and the MINI John Cooper Works Team once again captured the Manufacturers’ Title in the 2020 SRO TC America series, making it back-to-back championship seasons for the team. The team won the Manufacturers’ title and five total race victories during the successful debut season in TC America in 2019. These back-to-back SRO TC America seasons followed a Manufacturers’ Championship in 2018 by the team in the final season of the Street Tuner class of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series, where the team finished ahead of BMW, Porsche and Mazda.
The MINI John Cooper Works Team came in the finale weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the home track for the Brownsburg, Ind.- based team and LAP Motorsports team owners Luis Perocarpi and Rob Ridgley, with a 64-point lead in the Manufacturers’ title standings and maintained that lead to take home the trophy for the second straight year.
The MINI John Cooper Works race team fielded three cars for the finale, with Tomas Mejia, who sat second in the driver championship standings coming into the final race of the season piloting the #60, Mark Pombo in the #61 and Clayton Williams in the #62. Race 1 found a cold road surface that caused many cars to have difficulties staying on the track, however, Mark Pombo persevered in the #61 and skillfully crossed the finish line to take 2nd place securing the second Manufacturer’s Title in a row for MINI. Pombo would also take home 3rd place in the Driver standings.
Mejia finished 2nd place in the Driver standings, even after a difficult Race 1 on Friday. Early in the race Mejia made contact with another car that sent his #60 MINI John Cooper Works upright on two wheels for several seconds. The car was so high up that the impact back down on the racing surface broke the clutch. The MINI JCW Team was able to repair the vehicle allowing Mejia to race again on Sunday where he finished 4th place.
The team has had a strong season with an outstanding race weekend at Virginia International Raceway in early July, where the team took home six podiums, including two wins by Mark Pombo and a 1 – 2 finish with teammate Tomas Mejia in Race 1 of the weekend. The team then took home five podium spots at Sonoma Raceway. The team also opened the season strong with Pombo taking the checkered flag during the first race Circuit of the Americas with Mejia coming in second – completing the 1-2 finish for the MINI John Cooper Works team. Mejia also won the second race of the weekend.
Throughout the season, technicians from MINI dealerships all over the country help support the team with preparations, repairs, adjustments and pit stops during the race as part of the MINI Service Technicians Education Program (STEP).