In Touring Car, Cooper, of Syosset, N.Y., inherited the class victory when Tristan Herbert, of Reston, Va., was disqualified. Post-race tech inspection revealed that the boost on Herbert's No. 33 HPA/Renn Gruppe/Brimtek/Steve Goldin Racing Volkswagen Jetta GLI was out of compliance.
Cooper started his No. 3 Mazdaspeed Motorsports Mazdaspeed 3 from the Touring Car pole position and led the first 12 laps before Herbert found his way past on the back straight. Herbert's move earned him the Invisible Glass Clean Pass of the Race Award.
Herbert went on to lead the rest of the way, but his disqualification gave Cooper his fifth victory of the season and extended his lead to 206, 1,336-1,130, in the championship over Todd Lamb, of Atlanta, Ga. with four races remaining on the Touring Car schedule.
“The car seems to be really hooked up here more so than anywhere else we've been so far, so that's a really positive thing,” said Cooper following the race. “That really helped us in the manufacturers' and the championship points today.
“It's definitely very important to keep ahead of our championship rivals. Points are starting to ease into the back of your mind. You try to keep them out of the front of your mind, but you've got to have it back there and remember that there's a bigger deal going on than just this one race.”
Another boost-related disqualification on the No. 49 APR Tuned/Motul/Rays Volkswagen GTI removed Ian Baas, of Noblesville, Ind., from a podium result and promoted Travis Wolcott, of Boulder, Colo., to second in the final Touring Car race standings in his No. 30 Emich VW/StopTech/3Zero3 Motorsports Volkswagen Jetta GLI. Lamb wound up third in the No. 71 National Karting News/HPD Honda Civic Si, followed by Alex Popow, of Caracas, Venezuela, in fourth driving the No. 94 APR Tuned/Motul/Rays Volkswagen GTI. Ryan Winchester, of Mason City, Iowa, completed the Touring Car top five with a fifth-place run in the No. 72 Ligon Industries/HPD Honda Civic Si.
The race was slowed only one by full-course caution, when Ric Bushey, of Virginia Beach, Va., went into the Turn 9 gravel in his No. 51 Nissan/SPL Pro/Sparco/Motul Nissan 370Z and was unable to continue on his own.
The second half of the Cadillac Mid-Ohio Grand Prix Presented by StopTech doubleheader is scheduled for 9:55 a.m. ET on Sunday morning. That race will also be streamed live on www.world-challengetv.com. The Cadillac Mid-Ohio Grand Prix will air on NBC Sports Network at 1:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, August 25.