Teamwork Pushes Toppe to Excellence in 2nd Season of Mazda Prototype Lites
Clark Toppe arrived in Mazda Prototype Lites presented by Cooper Tires in 2015 with the powerful, multi-car JDC Motorsports team after a season as a solo driver in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda open-wheel series.
Road America set stage for development series title bouts
While much of the focus last week coming out of Road America was IMSA’s future direction and platform for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and the renamed Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda, four of IMSA’s developmental or single-make series have had particularly busy last couple weeks on track – potentially setting the scene for champions to move up in 2017.
TOPPE SWEEPS WEEKEND TO TIGHTEN CHAMPIONSHIP RACE
TROIS-RIVIÈRES, Quebec (Aug. 14, 2016) – Clark Toppe inched closer to the Lites 1 Driver Championship lead with a clean sweep of the two Mazda Prototype Lites Presented by Cooper Tires rounds at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières.
Toppe, from The Woodlands, Texas, shaved Austin Versteeg’s championship point lead to a mere two points with victories in Rounds 8 and 9 on the 10-turn, 1.5207-mile (2.433 km) temporary street circuit.
Toppe Dominates Opening Round At Sebring
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.
SEBRING, Fla. (March 17, 2016) – Clark Toppe is the leading returning driver in the Mazda Prototype Lites Presented by Cooper Tires series this season, and he reinforced that status Thursday with a dominant victory in Round 1 at Sebring International Raceway.
Toppe, 18, from The Woodlands, Texas, took the lead about five minutes into the 30-minute race for the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Official Development Series and never trailed thereafter in the No. 10 JDC Motorsports entry. Toppe, who finished second in the Lites 1 standings last season, beat rookie Patricio O’Ward to the finish by 6.296 seconds.