After TravelCamp Racing’s EC class Mustang broke a transmission in the opening laps of last weekend’s 14 Hours of Road Atlanta sportscar endurance race, Indianapolis racing driver Stephen Cox was left without a ride. By lunch time he had another one.
Road Atlanta is the home track of Kennesaw, Georgia’s AOA Racing and the team put together a spontaneous deal to have Cox join as the fifth driver in their Mazda MX-5. Nine hours and two transmissions later, the team scored a third place finish in EC class to earn a spot on the Champcar podium.
“I didn’t know anyone at AOA but we were introduced by a mutual friend,” Cox said. “Mechanical troubles forced the team to change the transmission twice late in the race but they were just relentless. They worked very hard. I was impressed with their mechanics and with their team leadership. It was my good fortune to be able to drive for them because they had a great driver lineup and they were going to have a top finish with or without me. I’m thankful they asked me to join their effort.”
Cox is sponsored by JR Fastener Corporation of Bensenville, Illinois and Brian Broderick. The 14 Hours of Road Atlanta marked the 108th top five finish in his overall racing career and his 53rd podium appearance in road course racing.
Cox takes the month March off before joining the CRS Super Truck Series opener in April, followed by the Grid Life season and a return to the Super Cup Stock Car Series as part of his 27-race schedule for 2022.