Michael Cooper Wins the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge GTS Drivers’ Championship

By September 29, 2015Team News

Monterey, California – Starting the weekend with a points lead is a new twist for the Blackdog Speed Shop team entering the final race of the weekend. Michael Cooper only needed to finish 15th or better in the seasons last race to wrap up the championship, and his 10th place finish in his Z/28 R was good enough to bring home the title and the third driver’s Championship in a row for Blackdog Speed Shop.

“The last two years we’ve had to play catch up due to some misfortunes trackside” said Sorenson, Blackdog’s Team Manager. “But this year we we’re able to capitalize on the Mid Ohio and Sonoma race weekends where we won two races and ran 2nd and 4th in the other two. This gave us the points lead heading into Mazda Raceway (Laguna Seca) and Michael was able to play it safe and bring home the car in a position to take the championship! It’s hard for the team to play conservative but we still had to race to finish and that was the most important line item on our list in winning another championship for Michael, Blackdog & Team Chevy!”

Tony Gaples finished the season in 12th place overall after sitting two races after suffering a mild concussion earlier in the season. “We’ve never entered the final race leading in points.” Commented Gaples. “It sure was very unnerving knowing how we won our first two championships and that it could be stolen out from under us. I couldn’t be more proud of the amazing team of individuals here at Blackdog Speed Shop. They always gave Michael and I the best cars to work with! Michael Cooper also wrung out all that car had to offer. Impressive driving to say the least! Now it’s time to start working on 2016. As good as three in a row sounds, four sounds even better!”

“It’s been an incredible honor joining Team Chevy and Blackdog Speed Shop this year” said Cooper. “I am so proud to have played a part in achieving the teams third GTS championship. The perseverance the entire team displayed throughout 2015 was unmatched in the GTS paddock and proved once again they are the best in class. I can’t thank Tony Gaples, Ray Sorenson and the rest of the team enough for all of their efforts.”

Sorenson continued, “It’s always amazes me how much effort goes into these seasons. We started building the Z/28 R back in May of 2014. The car was up and running in early August and we ran it during the test sessions at the Pirelli World Challenge Race at Miller Motorsports Park in September last year. After that the car went to some homologation tests for the series and then we were off and running in March at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin. It’s been a solid year of development to get the car from the opening stages to win a championship with it and I couldn’t be happier with the end result. My thanks to my team for their endless hard work and determination and to Chevrolet and Team Chevy for their continued support.”

The Blackdog Racing team would like to thank all of its supporters both on and off the track: Team Chevy, OMP Racing and Eibach Spring Blackdog Speed Shop builds more than just racecars. Whether you race competitively, attend the occasional trackday, or like to cruise the back roads, Blackdog will help you get more enjoyment out of your favorite car, be it a Chevrolet Camaro, a Mazda Miata, or the newest Porsche 911. From simple brake and suspension upgrades to complete motor builds, dyno-tuning, and resto-mods, Blackdog can help!

Ever dreamed of piloting a real World Challenge car? Blackdog offers rental and “arrive and drive” racing in addition to purpose built cars available for sale. Call Blackdog today to schedule an appointment or discuss the best way to put you in the driver’s seat! 1-855-4-BLACKDOG

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