Former Cadillac Racing Pirelli World Challenge series driver Michael Cooper is out of a ride just a week before the season opens in St. Petersburg.
After Cadillac shuttered its program following the 2017 PWC championship, the young American was signed to campaign a Callaway Competition Corvette alongside Germany’s Daniel Keilwitz in the GT category, but a Callaway-built C7 GT3-R will not be available for Cooper to drive in time to mount a title bid.
“They will not have a second car ready to start the season, and won’t for a while, so now I’m looking for alternatives – but it’s not easy with the season a week away,” he told RACER. I’ll still be in St. Petersburg, and have a commitment with Black Dog to run SprintX in GTS, but I want to be in something for the full season. I’ve won championships and races at every level in World Challenge, and that’s what I want to continue with a new team.”
The news from Callaway comes long after every PWC GT team has set its full-season roster. Cooper plans to remain vigilant as he looks for ways to fill the unexpected vacancies on his racing calendar.
“My phone has been plugged into a charger from the moment I learned about the second car not happening,” he said. “All I’ve been doing is calling and talking with everyone I can think of to try and create opportunities to keep racing as often as I can. I have to keep on pushing until something comes together.”