Two Daytona 500 champions will have a ride for the 2021 Daytona 500. 2010 Daytona 500 champion Jamie McMurray will drive the No. 77 Chevrolet for Spire Motorsports. The car will be prepared by Chip Ganassi Racing. We'll discuss McMurray's ride and how we think he'll perform after running his last race in the 2019 Daytona 500. Also, 1990 Daytona 500 champion Derrike Cope will drive in his first Daytona 500 since 2004. Cope will drive the No. 15 Chevrolet for Rick Ware Racing. We'll discuss his entry and how we think he will do. Plus, lots of talk about Cope - who will be the second oldest driver in Daytona 500 history - being approved for the Daytona 500. We'll discuss NASCAR's approval process - including them approving a NASCAR Xfinity Series driver with no oval track experience. We'll talk about it all and take phone calls 917-889-8280!
Derrike Cope Interview - Starcom Racing's 2021 Outlook
Talking in Circles
The silly season is still in full swing and the rumors are a-flying. We will talk to Starcom Racing's Team Manager Derrike Cope, about the organization's plans for the 2021 season. The team ran a solo-car operation in 2020 with driver Quin Houff and all indications are that Houff will be back with the team in 2021. We will discuss their expectations for 2021 and look ahead to the new car and talk about the what the long term goals are for the team as they enter their third year in full-time Cup Series competition. Cope, a former NASCAR driver himself, made 427 career Cup Series starts, his last one coming in 2018. He won two races including the imfamous 1990 Daytona 500 when he passed Dale Earnhardt for the lead on the final lap, thanks to a blown tire. There has been rumors about a past Daytona 500 champion running in the Daytona 500 in 2021 and many have tried to link Cope's name to that rumor. We'll ask him - Is he running the 2021 Daytona 500?
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#27: Derrike Cope - 40 years in racing, racer, manager and owner, what a journey!
Host: Jai Shukla Guest: Derrike Cope Q1 — Explain to me a little bit about your journey. How did you go from a driver to now a team manager? It all started when Mike Kohler from StarCom Fiber wanted to sponsor Derrike as a racer. That opportunity led him to eventually managing the entire team! Q2 — How has the pressure been different in the various roles that you’ve played? The pressure of being a driver is immense, as you’re performing at such a high level and you’re only as good as your last race. It’s a different kind of pressure when you own or manage a team. It comes from a broader perspective of competition, competing as best you can and not settling for mediocrity. Q3 — Do you feel like you have more or less control as a team manager compared to a driver? As a driver, a lot of things are out of your control. You just drive your heart out and everything else is simply left to be. As a team manager, there are more aspects to manage while at the same time still focusing on the driving side since you also want to be able to provide the best environment for the driver to thrive. Q4 — So, the message I’m getting from you is that each side has its own pressures and neither is necessarily more significant than the other. Obviously, as a driver, there is much more pressure physically, especially at the higher levels. As you run a team, the pressure is more in the numbers, making sure that your team can have the best possible parts and pieces, including the best possible working environment. Q5 — Do you feel like you have a higher degree of control now? Derrike admits he feels like he has a ton of control, his wife and him essentially running the whole team themselves. Q6 — What would you say is a significant difference in the way you have to approach your day as a manager? How is the mentality different from that of a driver? He’s constantly on the racetrack, even driving for his team just last year, so he honestly doesn’t feel too far removed from still having the mentality of a driver. His biggest struggle while he balances the driving mindset with the managing mindset is that when he makes suggestions, it needs to be for the benefit of the entire team. He has to be cognizant to not think only in terms of driving, but managing the team as a whole. Q7 — Can you tell us what makes you happy right now? The fact that he can still be at the race track every week, waking up and looking forward to going to work. Also, knowing that at the highest level of motor racing he can still put a quality product on the racetrack and give the team a quality perception in the marketplace for the owners. Those are the things that make him happy. Q8 — You treat your team as your own. How did you feel like this was the team you wanted to stay with and take ownership of, as opposed to, say, just another team you want to win with like any other that you would manage? The fact that the team owners had admired Derrike Cope as kids and wanted to sponsor him as a driver, and then subsequently asked him to be team manager meant that they put a lot of trust in him and treated him as part of a family. Q9 — How have you and your wife managed to work together while still keeping the relationship intact? Derrike's wife loves the sport just as much as he does, which he believes is the underlining glue that makes them able to spend every waking moment together and still keep the relationship intact. It helps them keep their sanity! Q10 — How did you and your wife meet? They met at a race while she was doing marketing for her father’s team. Q11 — As a manager, what are some daily tasks that people might be surprised to learn that you still have to do yourself? He’s in charge of shock absorbers, so a lot of the time he’ll still run for parts. And since he manages the budget, he’s involved in most of the purchasing decisions. Q12 — If you could do any race over again, which race would you choose and why? He’s quick to mention the 1998 Daytona 500, the race Dale Earnhardt placed 1st in. Derrike Cope says his car that day was faster than Earnhardt’s, but his victory was thwarted when he was hit exiting the pits. Until that moment, he thought he was going to win his second Daytona 500 and he’d loved to see how that race would have played out had he not been hit. Q13 — Looking back at your 40 years of racing, management, and ownership, where did you originally see the trajectory of this journey taking you compared to where you ended up today? Derrike Cope is amazingly fulfilled when he looks at where his career has taken him. From the beginning, he always wanted to race stock cars and he was lucky enough to be able to do that for such a long time and with tons of success.
Bottled Up hosts Daytona 500 champion and two time Cup winner Derrike Cope in this December 2017 interview. While listening, be sure to think about how far Starcom Racing has come since this interview in only one year, and how accurate the predictions of Derrike Cope were. Stay tuned weekly as Bottled Up brings you the latest and greatest in NASCAR news in podcast form!
Talking in Circles: Derrike Cope Interview; CGR, SHR & FRR Team Previews
Talking in Circles
On this episode of Talking in Circles we will talk with 1990 Daytona 500 champion Derrike Cope about his past races, his 1990 Daytona 500 victory & his recently announced plans for 2017. Also we will give our team previews for the 2017 season previewing the teams from Chip Ganassi Racing, Stewart Haas Racing and Furniture Row Racing. We'll also discuss what we think we'll see from the Advanced Auto Parts Clash at Daytona and preview Daytona 500 qualifying. Plus we'll take listerner phone calls at 917-889-8280!