Tyler Maxson completes title winning debut season with Veloster N TCR
- Tyler Maxson completed his remarkable, title winning maiden season of TCR competition at the final round of the TC America season at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway
- The 15-year-old driver won nine consecutive races to start the year and eventually ended his campaign with a total of 11 victories in his Veloster N TCR
- His success also allowed Copeland Motorsports to take the teams’ title for the TCR class.
Tyler Maxson completed a remarkable first season of TCR competition at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, celebrating the TC America drivers’ title at the end of a dominant year.
Maxson and the Copeland Motorsports team were combination to beat throughout the interrupted season, which began in February at Circuit of the Americas before being suspended during lockdown due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
Entering the season after winning the championship in a lower class of the series last year the 15-year-old Maxson graduated into the Veloster N TCR and was immediately both quick and consistent with the car. He qualified on the front row for his debut, and won the two races of the opening weekend in Texas. In both cases he led home a dominant 1-2 for the Copeland Motorsports team and the Veloster N TCR, with only teammate, and polesitter, Nikko Reger able to mount a realistic challenge.
Reger would step aside, reducing the team to a single car effort form much of the season once action returned. However, Maxson’s performance at the front of the pack remained a constant. He won all three races when action returned in July at Virginia International Raceway, and Sonoma Raceway – the series traditional two-races-a-weekend format expanded as the season was pieced back together after several events were cancelled.
Only a minor problem in the second contest of the weekend at Road America could end Maxson’s remarkable winning streak at nine, but he had already been able to build a sizeable lead in the points’ standings.
For the next round the series returned to Circuit of the Americas, and with victory in Race 1 Maxson mathematically clinched the title. He did so in typically unbeatable fashion – leading every lap from pole, and setting fastest lap as well. Even with his title confirmed he showed no sign of easing up; winning the second race from the pole position awarded for his Race 1 fastest lap.
Unfortunately fortunes didn’t allow Maxson a triumphant final weekend at on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. However, with the completion of a successful season both team and driver can begin to look ahead to future challenges.
Hyundai Motorsport Customer Racing Operations Leader Andrew Johns said: “Tyler Maxson, Copeland Motorsports and the Veloster N TCR have been nearly unbeatable over the course of the TC America season – a performance that is hugely deserving of the titles they have now secured. It is crucial for any car designed for customers that a wide range of drivers can quickly get the best from it. To have Tyler step into the TCR class for the first time at such an early stage in his racing career and immediately be so dominant is a huge credit to him and the team, but also to the Veloster N TCR.”
2020 TC America Drivers’ Standings
After round 16
|2||V. Gonzalez Jr.||230|
2020 TC America Teams’ Standings
After round 16