Mullan Makes his Official Debut at Mid-Ohio
Driver Colin Mullan joins LAP Motorsports MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) Team and makes his official IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSC) debut at Mid-Ohio on May 5. Following the gripping action at Sebring where the LAP Motorsports MINI JCW Team finished with a 1,2, 4 victory, the team prepares for Mid-Ohio where at sixteen, Mullan, will join the team for all eight races remaining in the 2018 season. Mullan joins talented, veteran driver Mark Pombo to co-drive the Number 52 LAP Motorsports MINI JCW alongside teammates Mike LaMarra, Mat Pombo, Derek Jones, and Nate Norenberg in the MINI JCW 37 and 73 cars respectively.
In 2017, the MINI JCW Team earned two victories and even more podiums in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, including a phenomenal win at Daytona. Team owner Luis Perocarpi has assembled a stellar team, proving they’re a force to be reckoned with and he expects that to continue this season.
“We are really excited to have Colin join our LAP racing team. With the support of his team mate, Mark Pombo and the rest of our drivers, our engineering staff and crew, I’m confident it won’t take long for Colin to be a podium contender,” said Luis Perocarpi, Owner LAP Motorsports, LLC.
Mullan began racing in 2008 at age six and has built up an impressive resume of accomplishments across a variety of racing platforms including quarter midgets, mini cup stock cars, karting, and most recently in Spec Miata, FormulaSPEED and F4. In 2017, while racing in the Formula Car Challenge with World Speed Motorsports, Mullan also participated in Jay Howard’s Motorsports Driver Development program (MDD) for a race in the F4 US Championship at Mid-Ohio. The upcoming CTSC race will be his second time on the 2.4 mile circuit.
A high-school Sophomore, Mullan is well aware of the unique opportunity to participate in motorsports and especially to race among an elite field in the CTSC. His on track performance has earned him a reputation as a mature and methodical driver - working hard for each position earned during a race. Off track, Mullan combines his passion for racing by helping to raise awareness for Parkinson’s Disease. This year he’s teamed with the Parkinson’s Institute in Sunnyvale, California to raise awareness for Parkinson’s research.
“I’m incredibly excited to have the opportunity to join the MINI JCW Team and work with such amazing and supportive people like Luis and Mark. It’s been my dream to race at a national level and I’m sure I’ll learn a lot from Mark and all my teammates this season,“ said Colin Mullan. “MINI is such an iconic car brand with a large following around the globe. I’m proud to be a brand ambassador and a part of the factory USA team.”
MINI has a long, rich racing history starting with racing legend John Cooper who transformed the humble classic MINI into a head-turning rally champion in the 1960s. According to Perocarpi, “The newest MINI JCW Hardtop 2 Door is the most powerful stock MINI the company has built.”
Already with experience on most of the west coast tracks including Sonoma Raceway and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Mullan is excited to have the honor to drive with his new team and MINI family at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Watkins Glen International, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Lime Rock Park,
Road America, Virginia International Raceway, WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and Road Atlanta.
About the MINI JCW Team
The MINI JCW Team, operated by LAP Motorsports (@lapmotorsports), drives MINI’s most powerful Hardtop ever in the two-door John Cooper Works. The team competes in the fiercely competitive IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. For additional information please visit minijcwteam.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About LAP MotorSports LLC.
Luis A. Perocarpi founded LAP MotorSports LLC in 2008 and established LAP as one of the leading service providers in building, operating and managing race programs and teams in North America and Europe. Clients include ChampCar programs of Patrick Racing, Team Rahal, HVM, Herdez Competition and Minardi Team USA and series such as Formula Atlantic, Indy Lights, Superleague Formula, USF2000, Pro Mazda, Grand Am, ALMS, Ferrari Challenge, SCORE International, IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.