Burke Produces Career-Best 17th-Place Result at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Burke Produces Career-Best 17th-Place Result at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

(Photo by Gavin Baker Photography/Road to Indy)

Inside Line Promotions – LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 6, 2021) – Trey Burke tied his career-best Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship result with a 17th-place showing on Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

It marked the third time the Joe Dooling Autosports driver has earned that result in a four-race span.

The three-race weekend began on Thursday when Burke qualified 20th quickest overall. That put him in the 20th starting position for Friday’s race.

“There wasn’t a lot of passing,” he said after placing 22nd. “After the first lap or two it’s single file and you wait for someone to make a mistake in order to be able to pass them.”

Burke started on the outside of the 10th row for Saturday’s event and he gained a trio of positions for the 17th-place outing.

“I had a good start, but I got stuck behind a car that was really tough to pass for like 14 of the 20 laps,” he said. “I set him up and waited for him to make a mistake. I finally got in front of him. Then the last two or three laps I was having pressure from another car behind me, but we held on.”

The finale on Sunday ended with a 25th-place result.

“The third race was going to be our best finish,” he said. “I think it was going to be a top 10. After the second race Sage (Karam) and our engineer said I needed to be more aggressive. I did that and was running 12th or 13th. Another driver decided not to turn a few times. He kept hitting me and it knocked the valve stem off a tire. By the time it went flat I was already past the pit-in entrance. We ended up spinning and we lost a lap from that.

“A big thing is trying to finish the races so I can learn more from there. I’m being aggressive, but I don’t want to be too aggressive where I do something to knock me out of the races. Now we’re at the point where I can start to be more aggressive since I’m more familiar and comfortable with the car.”

The next Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship event is Aug. 27-29 at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J. It will feature three rounds and will be the penultimate event of the season.


July 2 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio (Round 11) – Qualifying: 20; Feature: 22 (20).

July 3 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio (Round 12) – Feature: 17 (20).

July 4 – Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio (Round 13) – Feature: 25 (23).


14 races, 0 wins, 0 top fives, 0 top 10s, 1 top 15, 8 top 20s


Aug. 27-29 at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J., with the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship





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“My grandfather has known Joe Dooling’s dad for a long time,” Burke said. “They raced together and so our families go way back. My dad and Joe are good friends and our families are close. Joe has helped my racing career and we’re grateful for the support from the Dooling Family.”


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