After clinching the 2018 IMSA Manufacturer’s Championship and 2019 TC America TCA Manufacturer’s Championship, the MINI JCW Race Team has set its sights on the SRO TC America series. Once again, MINI will unleash their underdog spirit on tracks across America honoring John Cooper’s legacy.
|Date||Venue / Location|
|July 9 - 12||Virginia International Raceway - Alton, VA|
|August 7 - 9||Sonoma Raceway - Sonoma, CA|
|August 28 - 30||Road America - Elklart Lake, WI|
|September 18 - 20||Circuit of the Americas - Austin, TX|
|October 2 - 4||Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IN|
|Schedule subject to change|
MINI and the JCW team are proud to celebrate TC America Manufacturers’ Championship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the site of the last two rounds of the 2019 SRO TC America race series “After an incredibly successful season last year, I thought things couldn’t get much better, yet here we are,” said Luis Perocarpi, team owner, LAP Motorsports. “To win back-to-back Manufacturers’ Championships in two different series is truly a testament to the unrelenting hard work of the entire team, including the drivers, their families, our MINI service technicians and everyone at MINI USA. I couldn’t be prouder.”
The win put MINI in the lead for the Manufacturers’ Championship standings. Yet another win that encapsulates the ‘David vs. Goliath’ racing spirit John Cooper started over 60 years ago.
The MINI team of Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz, took home the 2020 Dakar Rally win after trekking 4,600 miles through Saudi Arabia. This marks the fifth overall victory for MINI at the iconic endurance rally. From 2012 to 2015, MINI Motorsports teams took home the trophy from the perilous Dakar Rally. A second-place finish in 2016 broke our streak, but not our will. The MINI John Cooper Works Rally team returned to Dakar 2017 as the challenger, and to dominate the 5,500 miles of inhospitable terrain, they brought along a formidable new rally car based on the 2017 MINI Countryman.
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If you want to see a pack of ferociously race-tuned MINI models torching the track, check out MINI Challenge. Since its launch in 2004, the MINI clubsport racing series has expanded to Argentina, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the UK. If you’re looking to add a healthy dose of adrenaline to your weekends, the Sports Car Club of America will not only let you spectate – but participate. With events on multiple surfaces for amateurs and professionals, and a contingency dedicated to MINI Owners, it’s well worth checking out an SCCA event near you.
You can win cash prizes racing a MINI in amateur or professional competitions through the MINI Motoring Awards Program. It’s just a little extra incentive for MINI owners to get out there and give racing a go. Not that the sheer fun and adrenaline rush of pressing a MINI through a closed course isn’t already enough.awards program details
Motorsports prowess. It’s earned on the racetrack, but it’s learned at the MINI Performance Driving School, where professional instructors teach participants to unleash a MINI’s racing soul.
Every MINI is equipped with the tools and the attitude to tackle the track, but we’ve got a few special tune-ups for the committed. John Cooper Works performance parts, rims and tires heighten all of your MINI’s senses – improving stability, reducing shock, tightening handling – giving you more control over the glorious machine at your disposal.shop john cooper works
It was 1961 when the humble little people-mover fell into the hands of British racing legend John Cooper. A more powerful engine, bigger brakes and a few tuning tweaks later, the Classic Mini Cooper 997 was introduced. And a rally demon was born.
Shortly after in 1962, when gender roles were thought to be defined, one woman chose a life of speed. Her name was Pat Moss and she wasn’t just ahead of the curve, she set it, by leading Mini to their first motorsport victory in the Netherlands Tulip Rally.
For the 50-year anniversary of his victory in the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally, 79-year-old racing legend Rauno Aaltonen didn’t just take a bow. He took the wheel of his classic Mini and relived the race, turn by razor-sharp turn.
Son of a mechanic, pioneer of the rear-mounted engine and founder of the Cooper Car Company, John Cooper had three Monte Carlo Rally titles and 16 Grand Prix wins to his name. That name lives on in the MINI John Cooper Works models. Ferocious, street-legal racecars bred for the track and rigorously tuned to the most exacting performance standards. Because just as it was a half-century ago, racing is in our blood.
In 1959, the first Classic Mini was introduced to Britain: an unassuming, inexpensive 4-person “saloon” that didn’t use up a lot of gas or take up much space. And though at first, some people didn’t quite know what to make of this quirky newcomer, other people began to get big ideas.
One of the gentlemen most intrigued by the Classic Mini’s racing potential was the legendary F1 car builder, John Cooper. Already famous for his unique, extremely successful rear-engine F1 designs, it was only natural that an auto company bold enough to defy convention by placing its engine differently (sideways) would impress him.
Cooper immediately recognized that the same features that made the Classic Mini such an innovative people mover – a transverse engine, four wheels pushed out to the corners and minimal size – also gave the car incredible balance, an extremely wide stance and amazing agility. Just the attributes needed to turn it into a small, but ferocious racer.
And so, in 1961, with a few tweaks to the engine, a set of slightly bigger brakes, and a new contrasting roof to make it stand out in the pack, the Classic Mini emerged from the Cooper Car Company garages as the Mini Cooper.
What happened next (much to the dismay of the competition) is that John Cooper’s grand hypothesis was proven correct. The Classic Mini Cooper and Cooper S went on to dominate the 1960’s race scene, winning almost every international competition imaginable, including historic wins at Monte Carlo in 1964, 1965, 1966 and 1967.* And a car for the ages was born.