Former Cadillac factory driver Michael Cooper is set to return to Pirelli World Challenge competition for the SprintX finale this weekend at Utah.
Cooper will race in CRP Racing’s free seat, which was originally filled by Canadian Daniel Morad, who announced earlier this week that he’d decided to step away from the drive to focus on 2019. And in addition to the SprintX races at Utah this weekend, Cooper will also drive with the team at the Grand Prix of Watkins Glen at the end of the month, the final PWC event of the year.
This weekend’s action will be the 2017 SprintX champion’s first drive with CRP since 2013. He will race alongside Matt Brabham in the team’s #2 Mercedes AMG GT3, which has only just been repaired in time for the weekend at Utah after it sustained heavy damage in an inclident at Portland last month.
“It’s a pleasure to welcome both Michael Cooper and Matthew Brabham back to the team,” said team owner Nicholas Short. “The team at our North Carolina shop has been working hard to prepare the car for this weekend’s race, and I’m looking forward to what this pair will be able to do on track.”
“CRP Racing has become a staple of the PWC grid and I’m excited to join them for the remaining rounds of the 2018 championship,” added Cooper. “Nick Short and the team gave me an opportunity to race in the GT class five years ago, which was a first and the spark for my GT career. I can’t thank them enough for bringing me back to GT.
“I’m looking forward to representing DeVilbiss and experiencing the speed of the Mercedes GT3 car while doing so.”