MINI USA and the MINI John Cooper Works Team cruised to a triumphant weekend at the 2023 SRO TC America series, bagging three podiums at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, La. In a stellar qualifying session, Cristian Perocarpi started Race 1 with the #37 MINI JCW Pro in second place and held steady, securing a well-deserved third place finish in the Touring Car (TC) class. PJ Groenke took home a third place finish in the #62 MINI JCW in the Touring Car A (TCA) class in Race 1. Clay Williams, on the other hand, rallied to a third place finish in Race 2 in the #60 MINI JCW Pro in the TC class.
The Brownsburg, Ind.-based LAP Motorsports team, which operates the MINI JCW Team, also had a fantastic showing thanks to the five qualified MINI Dealer technicians who worked alongside the team throughout the weekend. These expert technicians, hailing from dealers in the Southern Region, including one each from MINI of Pensacola, MINI of Clear Lake, Roadshow MINI in Cordova, Tenn., and two from Momentum MINI in Houston, Texas, were instrumental in supporting the team during practice, qualifying, and race days as part of the MINI Technician Race Crew Program. The race team relies heavily on the skill and knowledge of the technicians who work on MINI day in and day out, bringing that same expertise to the track.
Team owner, Luis Perocarpi, expressed his pride in the team and the MINI dealer technicians who worked hard throughout the weekend. He said, “It was a tough weekend, but the team ploughed through, and we came home with three podiums.”
The team finished as the runner up for the Manufacturer’s Championship in both the Touring Car (TC) and Touring Car A (TCA) classes in the last season. Clay Williams, who pilots the #60 MINI JCW Pro, also finished the 2022 season in second place in the Driver’s Championship in the TC class.
The next race of the 2023 SRO TC America series will take place on May 19 – 21 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Keep it locked on motoringfile.com for all the updates and insider news.
2023 SRO TC America
March 30 – April 2: Sonoma Raceway – COMPLETE
April 28 – 30: NOLA Motorsports Park – COMPLETE
May 19 – 21: Circuit of the Americas
June 16 – 18: Virginia International Raceway
August 18 – 20: Road America
September 22 – 24: Sebring International Raceway
October 5 – 8: Indianapolis Motor Speedway