#27 COPELAND MOTORSPORTS Hyundai Veloster N TCR, TCR: Tyler Maxson, Tyler Gonzalez

甜蜜的16:赛赛赛赛车运动员在2021年渴望全米其林试点挑战赛的两位泰勒


由杰夫奥尔森

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. –当一支比赛团队有两个名为Tyler的16岁的司机时,解决他们成为团队沟通的一个关键方面。这解释了绰号。

“我是T-Gon,他是T-Max,”Tyler Gonzalez说道,曾经从队友泰勒Maxson区分他。“对于短暂的,这是t.g.和下午。大多数时候。在一起,每个人都呼唤我们。”

这不是一个坏问题。在今年在IMSA Michelin试点挑战的两场比赛之后,包括上周的Alan Jay汽车网络120在Sebring International赛道,Copeland Motorsports计划在2021年的试点挑战赛车(TCR)课程中全季。

从第一次努力评判 - 在米其林赛道路亚特兰大米其林赛道路16月16日的亚军首次亮相结束 - 全季计划持有承诺。特别是对于那些喜欢他们开车的汽车的两个青少年。

“您觉得汽车中的每一分钟细节,”Maxson介绍了The The The The The The The Surendai Veloster N TCR。"They developed this car in such a way that it gives all the power to the driver. It really is just incredible to drive this thing. It’s really fast, as it’s proven this year. It’s definitely a very, very fast car, and it’s really great for the drivers."

领域一个TCR团队的想法来自Veteran Racer Dean Copeland,其成功作为全球Mazda MX-5杯系列的司机和所有者导致了扩展的机会。他已经在他稳定上有两个年轻人,他知道他们会在更高的水平上工作得很好。

“这两个孩子的主要事情是他们都像赛车一样的特色,”斯凯德说。"It makes my job easy and makes for a winning duo. The seating position is the same, but they both like the car to handle the same. They have the same driving style – very fast, very up on the wheel. It’s hard to find two drivers with the same style in endurance racing. I’m lucky enough to have that going on."

在他们的米其林赛道首次亮相,冈萨雷斯开始了第六次,并将第27号现代举行争夺。在Maxson的Stint期间,他在比赛中迟到了,在抵押于第98号Bryan Herta AutoSport背后的亚军终端完成,距离Michael Lewis和Mason Filippi的Curb Agajanian Hyundai Co-Driviven落后于第98号Bryan Herta AutoSport。

之后,这两个长期的队友 - 绰号返回他们的卡车日 - 被非正式地解决了t-max和t-gon。

“这就是我们能够区分自己的唯一方式,”马克森笑着说道。

The nicknames are likely to last for a time. After finishing 10th in TCR in their second Pilot Challenge race at Sebring, Copeland Motorsports is looking ahead to the full season in 2021 with the two Tylers in the No. 27 car. Copeland also has a sister car planned for at least a part-time TCR schedule. And, with the Mazda MX-5 Cup moving under the IMSA umbrella in 2021, he’ll have his entire fleet of cars at the same tracks much of the time.

“我们将能够在网站上有我们所有的团队one track at one time," said Copeland, whose shop is located in Stevensville, Maryland. "That’s exciting for us next year. … Our plan is to run two cars in TCR and have our MX-5 Cup program at the races, so we’ll have quite a few cars at the track. Hopefully, we’ll make a big splash in the IMSA paddock and have some success."

这两个司机在一个早期开始,掌握了Go-Karts,并在他们14岁的时候向汽车移动到汽车。在本赛季迟到的飞行员挑战之前,Maxson赢得了11场比赛,在TC America系列驾驶中赢得了11场比赛和TCR锦标赛。Veloster TCR N.Gonzalez,在Veloster Turbo,在TCA类别中获得了四场比赛。IMSA的司机最低年龄是17岁,但这可以根据以前在有组织的赛车经验的经验的基础上酌情减少一年。

That experience in karting proved essential to their rapid ascension through the car ranks.

“这与骑自行车一样,”Gonzalez说。“当你在年轻时学习它时,你从来没有真正忘记它。只有种族工艺单独;没有像别的赛车队的其他地方那样。”

对球队有前途的是对人才有前途。

“当那些孩子18岁的时候,他们将在IMSA Paddock拥有两年或三年的经验,”Copeland说。“如果任何制造商正在寻找专业级别的司机,那么与一个18岁的孩子争辩,他已经在IMSA赢得了两加赛季。”