Lewis Cooper III
Eastern Conference, Formula F
With a Runoffs win in 2011 and a near miss in 2012, Lewis Cooper III, of Grosse Point, Mich., has established himself as one of the top Formula F drivers in the country. In 2013, he continued that trend with an Eastern Conference Majors Championship in the Polestar/Martini Van Diemen/Ford.
In six races in which Cooper took the green, he notched five victories. That includes a win at Sebring and double wins at Road Atlanta and VIRginia International Raceway. In his only other race, Cooper took second at the Sebring season opener, and compiled a season ending total of 129 points. He scored one pole during the 2013 campaign.
Of those six races, Cooper says his most memorable was the second race at Sebring.
“I arrived at the grid late and had to start dead last,” Cooper said. “I was able to work my way through the group and still pulled out the win.”
Accidents in motorsports are an unfortunate, but real part of auto racing, especially when pushing machines to the edge of the performance envelope. With the advancements made in modern race cars, injuries have certainly been minimized, but have not been completely wiped out. In many cases, those injuries affect more than just the driver. That was the case for Cooper after an accident at Circuit of The Americas, in which his father was involved. Like many drivers, Cooper had ventured outside his conference for the SCCA’s first look at the new facility.
“We had a tough weekend at CoTA,” Cooper said. “My father suffered a very bad wreck in his Formula Atlantic that resulted in a broken back. That made it tough to show up at Road Atlanta, but the two wins there were dedicated to him and his recovery. He is making great progress, and be hopes to be in a car soon. A quick recovery for anyone, let alone a 70-year-old. His support of my racing career always requires a big thank you.”
Cooper had some additioinal important people to thank for his success in 2013.
“The team at Polestar, lead by Pam and Jim Griffith, always give me a car capable of running up front,” Cooper said. “They, as much as anyone, are responsible for our successes.”