It was a race-winning weekend for Copeland Motorsports as the multi-driver team grabbed three victories at Sonoma Raceway in TC America competition. Making their 2019 series debut with the Hyundai Veloster N TCR, Mason Filippi scored the race two win while 14-year-old Tyler Maxson drove his Mazda MX-5 to victory in TCA in both wheel-to-wheel races over the June 7-9 weekend in the heart of wine country.
“I could not have asked for a better weekend in California,” explained Dean Copeland. “I think we could have gone four for four but lapped traffic changed the outcome of Saturday’s results. It was a great debut for our TCR program and in TCA, Tyler Maxson was virtually unbeatable.”
Qualifying first in class and first overall, Mason Filippi’s speed on Saturday rolled over from his Friday practice sessions. Closing the day with the fastest overall lap in TCR, Filippi turned his pole position into what looked to be a race winning performance until lapped traffic changed the outcome of the race drastically.
Copeland added, “Mason was on rails, and we looked to be in good position for our first win of the weekend, but contact with a lapped car ruined any chances of victory. Salvaging a top-five finish, Mason returned Sunday with one goal, victory.”
Lining up on the pole position for race two, Filippi and his Hyundai Veloster N took the lead early and never looked back. In a dominating performance, Filippi and Copeland Motorsports took the victory by nearly three seconds, the team’s first with their new Hyundai TCR program.