The busy race team will contest Global MX-5 Cup cars in TC America as well as Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup
“We’re running the new Global Mazda MX-5 Cup ND2 cars in both World Challenge and MX-5 Cup,” says Dean Copeland of Copeland Motorsports’ plan for 2019. “MX-5 Cup is going to be very exciting with the new car and more horsepower, and it’s going to be very interesting to see how that pans out. We ran the first World Challenge [TC America] race and everybody seems pleased so far.”
It’s ambitious to run two programs with the same car, but only Tyler Maxson is doing both. Maxson, 14, is new to car racing after coming out of karts, and he’s looking for as much seat time as possible. Dinah Weisberg is also running World Challenge TCA in an ND2. Maxson, though, is only one component of a sizeable effort in Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires.
“He’s running MX-5 Cup along with another 14-year old Tyler Gonzalez. We have Bryan Ortiz coming back in MX-5 Cup, and Michael Carter, the [Mazda Road to 24] Shootout winner. So I feel like our MX-5 Cup effort is going to be second to none,” Copeland says.
Carter opted to take his scholarship from winning the Mazda Road to 24 Shootout to Copeland Motorsports. The Spec Miata standout will be gunning for the championship, of course, but he’s certainly a strong contender to win Rookie of the Year, which comes with its own scholarship prize that goes a long way to funding another season in the series.