Nov 10, 2016
US RACER FLIES ACROSS THE WORLD
Accomplished US racer Glenn Cooper has flown all the way from Atlanta to compete in this weekend’s 2016 season finale of the Australian Sports Racer Series – being held at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Cooper – who was born and raised in Long Island, New York and races with the support of Horseloversgifts.com - will field Josh Townsend’s DSR Downunder NovaRace LSR F1000 racer in the November 11-13 event.
The 55-year-old racer has a pretty extensive ‘chassis portfolio’ behind him, with many high profile wins including the ‘jewel in the crown’ of a US F1000 Championship in 2009 – the year before it attained National Class status and was invited to the National Championship Runoffs.
He has also won the President’s Award in the Star Mazda Series – which ran with IMSA and Indycar – in 2003 and been published with his own column – The Coop Chronicles – in Formula Car Magazine.
“You all seem motor sport mad over there in Australia – I think I will fit right in," Cooper said.
"I am very much looking forward to visiting – the rest of my generation and I were introduced to Oz back in the late 70s with Mad Max, the Road Warrior, Men at Work, Midnight Oil, BMX Bandits, Elle McPherson and a bunch of other super cool stuff – I can’t wait to get there and experience it for myself."
“The Australian Sports Racer Series looks like an interesting category! We run a very similar multi-class format in the US with the SCCA, which is the main sanctioning body for amateur racing."
Cooper received an invite from the Townsends, something he originally thought was an April Fools joke.
“It turns out it wasn’t ... I had met the Townsends a few times previously during their racing forays into the US, and they needed a driver for the SMSP event as Josh had a previous business engagement, and now I here I am, having travelled from the US all the way to Sydney, ready to race this weekend with the Aussie Sports Racers.
“It just goes to show how the racing community, especially the Sports Racer and Formula scene, is tiny – even on a world level! I know racing people in all 50 US states, as well as Australia, the UK, Italy, Israel and Canada.”
While Cooper may be making a special trip across the world to race in the ASRS this weekend, Cooper will be maximising his time in Australia with some holidays following the race weekend.
“I also have a very good friend of 35 years from Atlanta, who I actually met the very first night I had moved there, who now lives in Melbourne,” Cooper continued.
“He was racing his motorbike as part of Team America at Phillip Island and met a lovely lass who he then wooed successful – enough to marry her and move here - so I will spend a few days holidaying with them as well.”
“I would love to make the podium. The one question mark in my mind is the tyres - which I hear are quite of a bit harder compound than the Hoosier ‘Supa Softs’ we run in the US, which after three heat cycles are essentially done!”
The final round of the 2016 Australian Sports Racer Series will be held at Sydney Motorsport Park, beginning this Friday.