Cooper Bags Homestead MX-5 Cup Show

The SCCA Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup has revealed its 2013 schedule. (SCCA Photo)

HOMESTEAD, Fla. — Mike Cooper captured his second SCCA Pro Racing Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup victory during the season opener for the series Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Cooper, who was fast all weekend, started the race race in second and found his way into the lead by the fourth circuit.

Things got interesting when, on lap nine, both Jeff Mosing and Dean Copeland found their way around Cooper, dropping him to third. Cooper stayed in contact with the leaders for the next 10 laps before slipping by both drivers to retake the lead on lap 19.

Cooper led the final nine laps, winning by 1.212-seconds over Mosing, who started from the pole.

“The three cars were pretty equal — me, Dean and Jeff,” Cooper said of his battle Copeland and Mosing. “I was better in some places and they were better in some places. So, it was actually hard to get by one another. I knew that we had pretty equal cars and that they’d be pushing each other to go, trying to catch up to me. And, that I’d be punching a hole in the air. But, once we were out that far, I was just able to focus, hit my marks, and do the lap times we needed to do to stay out front and get the win.”

Copeland was third, followed by Justin Hall and Jason Saini.