Cooper Tire confirmed as official tire of Mid-Ohio

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So on Saturday night, the media center, Turn 1 bridge and other signage at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was adorned in Goodyear colors.

And by first thing Sunday morning, Cooper Tire was the newly featured presence on those places around the picturesque, classic road course.

It’s been formalized and here’s the release below.

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course announced today that Cooper Tire has been selected as the official tire of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and The Mid-Ohio School. The Mid-Ohio School provides professional driving and riding instruction to drivers and motorcyclists of all skill levels, and has seen close to 54,000 graduates to date.

As the exclusive tire supplier, Cooper will be used on The Mid-Ohio School’s fleet of Honda and Acura vehicles, including pace cars and service vehicles, which will be fitted with the new Cooper Zeon RS3-G1 performance tire to handle the challenging road course. Cooper will also have a presence throughout the grounds of Mid-Ohio, with signage at the front stretch crossover bridge and the iconic tower that sits at the start/finish line, housing the facility’s media center and hospitality suites.

“It is a pleasure to announce that Cooper has become a valued partner for both Mid-Ohio Sports Course and The Mid-Ohio School,” said Craig Rust, President of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and The Mid-Ohio School. “Cooper brings with them a great history of product quality and performance, in addition to a commitment to motorsports. Mid-Ohio is an excellent platform for Cooper to showcase its ultra-high performance racing products on the track while exposing the Cooper brand to a large audience of motorsports fans. We welcome them to the Mid-Ohio family and look forward to working with their team.”

As a committed supplier in racing, Cooper has been a long-standing partner of all levels of the Mazda Road to Indy. The company recently announced that it will become presenting sponsor of the driver development series, now known as the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires.

“Mid-Ohio is an iconic road course and virtually in the backyard of Cooper’s global headquarters in Findlay, Ohio,” said Chris Pantani, Cooper’s Director of Motorsports, Sponsorships and Event Marketing. “We are extremely excited to announce this partnership and look forward to seeing the Cooper brand represented throughout the facility and on all the Mid-Ohio school cars.”

X44 Racing win 2022 Extreme E championship as Abt Cupra score first race victory

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Abt Cupra Racing’s Nasser Al-Attiyah and Klara Andersson scored their first win in the Extreme E Energy X Prix in the 2022 finale in Uruguay as Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Vida Carbon Racing drivers Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez survived a chaotic finale to edge the 2021 champion Rosberg X Prix team of Johan Kristoffersson and Mikhaela Ahlin-Kottulinsky, by two points.

“There are so many emotions,” Andersson said in Extreme E’s coverage. “I’ve been waiting for this for so long. In my second race, first full weekend to be at the top of the podium: it’s big.”

Andersson was behind the wheel at the finish.

Rosberg Racing entered the event with a 17-point advantage over X44, but the standings were close enough that four teams remained in contention in Round 5.

“It’s a crucial weekend for us,” Loeb said in Extreme E’s coverage prior to the race. “We are not in the best position to win the championship, but the only thing we can do is try to win the race and score as many points as possible.”

The top two title contenders each crashed in qualification and were relegated to the Crazy Race, Extreme E’s version of the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ). For the moment, they had the steepest hill to climb, but then the other two championship contending teams, Chip Ganassi Racing and Acciona Sainz Racing failed to advance from their heats.

Only one team advances from the Crazy Race, so the X44 drivers were in a must-win situation to simply keep hope alive.

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Ahlin-Kottulinsky and Gutierrez ran wheel to wheel into the first turn at the start of the LCQ.

The Rosberg racer experienced crash damage in that turn that damaged her front steering, but managed to limp back to the pits at the end of her two-lap stint. The team attempted to fix the steering, but incurred a penalty for having too many mechanics in the pit area.

Meanwhile, Gutierrez took the early lead, but knew she would need to sit through a five-second penalty for an incident earlier in the weekend. The female half of the gender equal pair erased the penalty by entering the Switch Zone with a five-second lead before turning the car over to Loeb.

That was all the nine-time World Rally Championship titlist needed to give him the advantage needed to win the Crazy Race.

But the championship was not over yet. X44 Racing needed to finish third or better in the five-car finale to earn enough points for the title and after advancing from the LCQ, they were forced to take the worst grid position.

A chaotic start to the Finale saw Loeb run as high the lead and low as fourth after getting pushed off course during his first lap. And that is how he entered to Switch Zone.

On her first lap, Gutierrez slammed into Molly Taylor. With one lap remaining, X44 and Gutierrez were still in fourth and the title hope was quickly evaporating, but it was announced halfway through the lap that the third-running Andretti United team would suffer a penalty for a Switch Zone infraction. The seven-second deduction for Timmy Hansen braking too late in the zone made the difference in the title.

Coming off a disappointing Copper X Prix when Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour crossed under the checkers first, but were relegated to fifth by penalty, the McLaren pair scored their first podium of the season in second.