MINI USA and the MINI John Cooper Works Team asserted their dominance in the latest round of the 2023 SRO TC America, securing an impressive three podium finishes at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. This successful outing marked the third race weekend of the current season.
Clay Williams demonstrated his exceptional skills by capturing two victories in the Touring Car (TC) class, propelling him to the top of the Driver’s Championship standings in the TC category. Moreover, teammate Cristian Perocarpi achieved a commendable second place finish in Race 2 with his #37 MINI JCW PRO. Adding to the team’s achievements, PJ Groenke and Alain Lauziere showcased their talent in the Touring Car A (TCA) class by both securing top-five finishes.
Assisting the Brownsburg, Ind.-based LAP Motorsports team, which manages the MINI JCW Team, were four highly qualified MINI Dealer technicians. These technicians, hailing from dealerships in the Southern and Western Regions, including MINI of Tuscon, MINI of Clear Lake, MINI of Dallas, and MINI of Austin, lent their expertise throughout the weekend during practice, qualifying, and race days as part of the MINI Technician Race Crew Program. Their seamless integration with the team at Circuit of the Americas exemplified the indispensable role these technicians play in bringing their day-to-day MINI knowledge and skill to the track.
Expressing his pride in the team’s outstanding performance, Luis Perocarpi, team owner of LAP Motorsports, remarked, “I am so proud of the team for their performance this weekend. They truly showed their MINI spirit on the track this weekend.”
Having finished as the runner-up in the previous season’s Manufacturer’s Championship in both the Touring Car (TC) and Touring Car A (TCA) classes, the team is determined to ascend to the top spot. Clay Williams, the driver of the #60 MINI JCW Pro, also concluded the 2022 season as the second-place finisher in the Driver’s Championship in the TC class, underscoring his unwavering pursuit of victory.
The upcoming race of the 2023 SRO TC America series will take place from June 16 to 18 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va., promising another thrilling chapter in this fiercely contested motorsport competition.
JCW Race Team gallery at COTA
JCW Race Team schedule in 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 – COMPLETE
June 16 – 18: Virginia International Raceway
August 18 – 20: Road America
September 22 – 24: Sebring International Raceway
October 5 – 8: Indianapolis Motor Speedway