MCDONOUGH RETURNS TO COOPER SERIES HUNGRY FOR SUCCESS
BOSTON, MASS. (August 23, 2005) Following a two-race absence, Matthew McDonough, of West Newbury, Mass., is scheduled to return to the Formula Ford Zetec Cooper Tires Championship Series at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, August 27-28.
A championship contender in both the Zetec Championship and Masters Series, McDonough returns to the the Cooper Series having missed Rounds Seven and Eight at Road America. Driving the No. 19 TASC Technical Services/GTP Motorsports Van Diemen Ford, both McDonough and GTP elected to miss the Road America doubleheader in order that GTP's SCCA Club Racing customers could attend an SCCA National at Virginia International Raceway in preparation for the SCCA National Championships Runoffs.
"It was important that GTP went to VIR," said McDonough. "While I know missing the two races at Road America hurt my championship chances, I'm confident Glenn [Philips] and the GTP crew will give me car that can run up-front at Mid-Ohio."
Racing on the technically demanding 2.25-mile road course, McDonough will be looking to further extend his history of success at Mid-Ohio. Having captured his first career Cooper Series podium finish in 2003 at the track, McDonough recently finished third in Rounds Three and Four at Mid-Ohio.
"I can't wait to get back behind the wheel at Mid-Ohio," said McDonough, who enters the doubleheader eighth in the overall standings and third in the Masters Series, for drivers over the age of 35. "The track suits my driving style and I'm looking forward to battling for the win."
Prior to racing at Mid-Ohio, McDonough and GTP will travel to BeaverRun in Wampum, PA., for some pre-event testing. Working on car setup, the team will test for half a day on the 1.53-mile road course, before traveling to Ohio.