Pirelli Driver

Pirelli’s 2021 tire compound has been criticized by a number of drivers after they were used during Friday practice at the Bahrain Grand Prix. Last year’s attempts to develop a new tire for 2020 proved fruitless when teams and drivers voted against the new compounds, instead opting to keep the. Michael Cooper (born September 1, 1989 in New York, New York) is an American-born race car driver who currently competes in the Pirelli World Challenge. He resides in Huntington, New York, and also has a business management degree from at NYIT (New York Institute of Technology), and a nutrition degree from Long Island University.

Pirelli Star Driver was an initiative to support young rally drivers, organised by Pirelli and the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA).[1]

The P4 Four Seasons Plus is Pirelli's Standard Touring All-Season tire developed for drivers of coupes, sedans and minivans. Designed to help reduce environmental impact, P4 Four Seasons Plus tires combine ride comfort, low noise and reduced rolling resistance with long life and four-season. The manufacturer also produces quality models for the eco-conscious driver. However, Pirelli tires are expensive and regularly cost upwards of $100 per tire. If you’re on a budget or want a tire.

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History[edit]

For the first two years of the scheme, 2009 and 2010, five drivers were selected from four FIA Championships, one from the African Rally Championship, one from the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship, two from the European Rally Championship and one from the Middle East Rally Championship. The driver selection process was conducted by each individual FIA region.

The five drivers then competed in six events of the World Rally Championship, driving in identical Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, prepared by Ralliart Italy.

The scheme was changed for the 2011 season. 16 drivers were nominated for a global shootout, from which six drivers were selected. They will compete in the new WRC Academy in Ford Fiesta R2s.

Drivers[edit]

Ott Tänak driving one of the Pirelli Star Driver cars on the 2010 Rally Finland.
Jarkko Nikara driving at 2009 Rally Finland
YearDriversRepresenting
2011Andrea CrugnolaEurope
Craig Breen
Fredrik Åhlin
Jan Černý
Brendan ReevesAsia-Pacific
Molly TaylorWomen & Motor Sport Commission
2010Ott TänakEurope
Alex Raschi
Hayden PaddonAsia-Pacific
Peter HorseyAfrica
Nicholai GeorgiouMiddle East
2009Jarkko NikaraEurope
Martin Semerád
Mark TapperAsia-Pacific
Nicos ThomasMiddle East
Jon WilliamsAfrica

WRC results[edit]

YearDriverCar12345678910111213WDCPoints
2009Jarkko NikaraMitsubishi Lancer Evo XIRENORCYPPOR
41
ARGITA
11
GRE
Ret
POLFIN
Ret
AUSESP
17
GBR
35
-0
Martin SemerádIRENORCYPPOR
38
ARGITA
Ret
GRE
Ret
POLFIN
Ret
AUSESP
Ret
GBR
14
-0
Mark TapperIRENORCYPPOR
28
ARGITA
Ret
GRE
20
POLFIN
Ret
AUSESP
Ret
GBR
17
-0
Nicos ThomasIRENORCYPPOR
Ret
ARGITA
Ret
GRE
Ret
POLFIN
Ret
AUSESP
Ret
GBR
23
-0
Jon WilliamsIRENORCYPPOR
23
ARGITA
28
GRE
18
POLFIN
21
AUSESP
44
GBR
28
-0
2010Ott TänakMitsubishi Lancer Evo XSWEMEXJORTUR
Ret
NZLPOR
Ret
BUL
FIN
18
GER
31
JPNFRA
19
ESP
GBR
17
0-
Alex RaschiSWEMEXJORTUR
27
NZLPOR
30
BUL
FIN
28
GER
Ret
JPNFRA
26
ESP
GBR
28
0-
Hayden PaddonSWEMEXJORTUR
26
NZLPOR
20
BUL
FIN
21
GER
19
JPNFRA
35
ESP
GBR
19
0-
Peter HorseySWEMEXJORTUR
Ret
NZLPOR
35
BUL
FIN
40
GER
45
JPNFRA
Ret
ESP
GBR
38
0-
Nick GeorgiouSWEMEXJORTUR
29
NZLPOR
33
BUL
FIN
41
GER
43
JPNFRA
48
ESP
GBR
33
0-
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WRC Academy Results[edit]

YearDriverCar123456Pos.Points
2011Andrea CrugnolaFord Fiesta R2POR
7
ITA
6
FIN
Ret
GER
3
FRA
Ret
GBR
8
6th35
Craig BreenPOR
Ret
ITA
8
FIN
2
GER
1
FRA
Ret
GBR
1
1st111
Fredrik ÅhlinPOR
Ret
ITA
3
FIN
Ret
GER
6
FRA
8
GBR
13
6th35
Jan ČernýPOR
Ret
ITA
4
FIN
5
GER
5
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
7th33
Brendan ReevesPOR
3
ITA
5
FIN
4
GER
13
FRA
Ret
GBR
14
5th37
Molly TaylorPOR
8
ITA
Ret
FIN
8
GER
14
FRA
5
GBR
5
11th27

See also[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Pirelli Star Driver.

References[edit]

  1. ^David Evans. 'FIA plans major revamp of World Rally Championship ladder by 2019'. Autosport. Retrieved 10 June 2019.
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Michael Cooper
Nationality
BornSeptember 1, 1989
Pirelli World Challenge career
Former teamsCadillac Racing, Blackdog Racing
Championships4
Wins19
Podiums37
Previous series
Pirelli World Challenge, Playboy Mazda MX–5 Cup, Skip Barber Racing School
Championship titles
2011
2012
2015
Playboy Mazda Mx-5 Cup
Pirelli World Challenge TC Champion
GTS Champion
Last updated on: October 11, 2017.

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Michael Cooper (born September 1, 1989 in New York, New York) is an American-bornrace car driver who currently competes in the Pirelli World Challenge. He resides in Huntington, New York, and also has a business management degree from at NYIT (New York Institute of Technology), and a nutrition degree from Long Island University.[1]

Racing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 2009, Cooper's brother signed him up for the Bob Lutz Cadillac CTS-V Challenge driving competition. In wet conditions at Monticello Motor Club, Cooper was the fastest amateur, gaining the attention of GM Factory Driver Johnny O'Connell.[2] From there, Cooper began his racing career at the age of 19 at Skip Barber Racing School, racing in the Mazdaspeed Challenge in 2010.[3]

After winning several races in the Skip Barber series, Michael stepped into the Playboy Mazda Mx-5 Cup for his first season of professional racing. Cooper won the season opening event, and went on to finish fourth in the championship, narrowly missing out on rookie of the year honors.

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In 2011 Michael won the Playboy Maxda MX-5 Cup driver championship with six poles and five wins in nine races. As a result of winning the championship, Cooper was awarded a full season ride for the following year in the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car (TC) division.[4]

In similar fashion to 2011, Cooper dominated the Touring Car class in 2012, winning six out of 14 races, only finishing outside of the top five one time, and ultimately claiming the drivers championship.[5] For 2013, Cooper did not have a full time ride and missed the first 3 rounds of the Pirelli World Challenge touring car schedule.

Later in 2013, Cooper had the opportunity to step into a GT class car for the first time, qualifying ninth in the CRP Racing Hawk Nissan at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and retiring after only a few laps with a mechanical failure.[6] 2014 was more of the same for Michael, and without a full time ride, he competed in his first GTS class races at Miller Motorsports Park finishing in eighth and fourth place for Blackdog Speedshop.

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In 2015 Michael made his full season debut in the GTS class of Pirelli World Challenge in the Blackdog Speedshop Z/28.R, winning only his second race of the season. Cooper went on to win the GTS championship with four race wins and two additional podium finishes.[7] In 2016, GM appointed Cooper as a factory driver, and hired him to race alongside Johnny O'Connell in the Pirelli World Challenge, racing the Cadillac Racing ATS-V.R.[8] With two wins and an additional seven podiums, Cooper finished third in the championship. The following season, Cooper returned to the Pirelli World Challenge Cadillac Racing program for another full season to include the Sprint and SprintX championships. Cooper was paired with Jordan Taylor for the SprintX Championship, and the duo captured the 2017 Championship at Circuit of the Americas.[9]

Shortly after capturing the Sprint-X championship, Cooper went on to sweep the final Sprint race weekend of the year at Sonoma raceway. After the 2017 season, Cadillac Racing announced an end to the program, leaving Cooper a free agent.[10]

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For 2018 Cooper was announced as one of the drivers for the Callaway Competition race team and their GT3 homologated C7 Corvette in the Pirelli World Challenge GT class. However he was released from his contract in February of 2018, before the season ever started due to the teams inability to field 2 cars.

Cooper would continue to drive a partial GT4 sprint-x season in 2018 with teammate Tony Gaples at Blackdog Speed Shop

Results[edit]

Pirelli World Challenge[edit]

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YearTeamCarClass1234567891011121314151617181920RankPoints
2012Atlanta Motorsports GroupMAZDASPEED3TCSPGP
1
SPGP
1
UTA
4
UTA
1
UTA
5
LAG
5
MOS
2
MOS
1
MOS
4
MOH
1
MOH
DNF
SONO
3
SONO
2
SONO
1
1st
2013Atlanta Motorsports GroupMAZDASPEED3TCAUS
-
AUS
-
AUS
-
LRP
13
LRP
DNS
LRP
10
TOR
1
TOR
1
MOH
1
MOH
1
SONO
9
SONO
DNS
HOU
3
HOU
7
5th
2014Blackdog SpeedshopCamaro ZL1GTSSPGP
-
LBGP
-
BAR
-
BAR
-
DGP
-
DGP
-
ROA
-
ROA
-
TOR
-
TOR
-
MOH
-
MOH
-
SONO
-
SONO
-
UTA
8
UTA
4
27th
2015Blackdog SpeedshopCamaro Z/28.RGTSAUS
8
AUS
1
SPGP
7
SPGP
5
BAR
5
BAR
10
MOS
14
MOS
3
ROA
17
ROA
9
MOH
1
MOH
4
UTA
6
UTA
1
SONO
2
SONO
1
LAG
10
1st
2016Cadillac RacingCadillac ATS-V.RGTAUS
3
AUS
2
SPGP
4
SPGP
3
LBGP
15
BAR
2
BAR
1
MOS
11
MOS
7
LRP
9
LRP
14
ROA
7
ROA
3
MOH
7
MOH
1
UTA
15
UTA
6
SONO
3
SONO
21
LAG
3
3rd
2017Cadillac RacingCadillac ATS-V.RGTSPGP
7
SPGP
5
LBGP
14
VIR
3
VIR
3
MOS
1
LRP
4
LRP
2
ROA
3
ROA
5
MOH
2
MOH
7
UTA
8
UTA
3
AUS
4
AUS
6
AUS
DNF
SONO
1
SONO
1
1st (SprintX), 2nd (Overall), 3rd (GT Sprint)

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References[edit]

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  1. ^Blattler, Tom. 'College Student Michael Cooper Set for Big Jump to Pirelli World Challenge GT Class As GTS Champion Teams With 4-Time GT Champ Johnny O'Connell in Cadillac Racing'. Pirelli World Challenge. Pirelli World Challenge.
  2. ^Cechal, Erin. 'SportsCar Feature: The Accidental Racer'. SportsCar. SportsCar.
  3. ^'MICHAEL COOPER DRIVES MAZDASPEED3 TO 2012 PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP'. PR Newswire. PR Newswire.
  4. ^'Cooper reflects on MX-5 Championship'. Parts and People.
  5. ^'2012 Championship'. Pirelli World Challenge.
  6. ^'Figge and Jonsson take poles in GT/GTS at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course'. Motorsport.
  7. ^'Michael Cooper Wins the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge GTS Drivers' Championship'. Pirelli World Challenge.
  8. ^McEachern, Sam. 'Cadillac Racing Confirms Michael Cooper To Replace Andy Pilgrim In 2016'. GM Authority.
  9. ^'Michael Cooper/Jordan Taylor Capture 2017 PWC GT SprintX Pro/Pro Division Title'. Cadillac V Club.
  10. ^Dizinno, Tony. 'Cadillac ends its title-winning PWC program'. NBC Sports Network.

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