In his first professional car race, Tyler Maxson scored a pole and a third-place finish as the ND2 Global MX-5 Cup car makes its competition debut
The TC America (formerly World Challenge Touring Car) season got underway at Circuit of The Americas last weekend with four racers campaigning the Global MX-5 Cup car in the TCA class — two brought the ND1 while two others piloted the ND2. During a cold and sometimes wet weekend, Tyler Maxson, driving a new ND2 prepared by Copeland Motorsports, took the TCA pole for the first race.
Maxson is only 14 years old and in his first season of car racing after competing at a very high level in international karting. While his limited experience in a car may have helped some of his competitors get the best of him during the race, he performed impressively. The second race on Sunday was less successful, however, as he got hit by another car that was trying to avoid a spinner at the start. Regardless, the weekend bodes well for the season, both in regards to Maxson and the ND2 MX-5.
“The new car is performing well right out of the gate,” said Dean Copeland, whose Copeland Motorsports is running both the ND2 for Maxson and an ND1 for Dinah Weisberg. “It’s competitive, which is all we can really ask for. We had the pace — the top three were within a tenth of each other in lap times, so it’s really close.”