Stoffer, Cope looking to get back on track
The Jonco Motorsports/Cope Racing Suzuki team had big plans in the off-season that included new rider Karen Stoffer, but a testing accident threatened to derail the team before its first race. On Feb. 28 at Gainesville Raceway, Stoffer encountered trouble following an easy 7.30 run aboard Cope's Suzuki and hit the pavement at more than 183 mph. Stoffer escaped serious injury; she was significantly bruised, and the motorcycle was heavily damaged.
With a full release from her doctor, the chassis back from Kosman, and a new TL1000 body en route to Cope Racing from Air-Tech, Stoffer plans to resume her riding career shortly. Team co-owner Greg Cope has spent the downtime finding additional horsepower. With the addition of Stoffer, a lightweight rider, Cope and racing partner Doug Johnson are expecting big things in 2002.
"Everybody is anxious to race, and Greg is close to finishing a new engine that utilizes a custom billet cylinder block with further improvements to the Vortec II head," said team co-owner Johnson. Due to the equipment changes and the addition of Stoffer, Johnson said his team will likely test in Florida before joining the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series in Denver in July.
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