CoolDrive Racing Signs Top Race Engineer
22 Jan, 2021
The staff roster at CoolDrive Racing is now complete, with the team enlisting the services of top race engineer Mirko De Rosa, who will work with driver Tim Slade in the squad’s first Supercars campaign.
De Rosa comes to CoolDrive Racing from four years at Erebus Motorsport, including three years as engineer for race winner Anton de Pasquale.
Joining Team Manager Brendan Hogan, De Rosa brings a wealth of current knowledge to the outfit.
“I’m really excited to start a new chapter with CoolDrive Racing, and looking forward to achieving some good results with the team,” said De Rosa.
“It’s a pretty cool opportunity to have a clean sheet of paper and to be able to implement systems and procedures from the start, which will help us down the road.
“Tim and Brendan have been really accommodating and given me a lot of freedom to be able to chase some good results.
“Now we have a couple of weeks before we hit the track, and I can’t wait to get stuck into it.”
For team Co-Principal Tim Blanchard, the addition of De Rosa to the company places the operation in good stead following a busy off-season.
“We are really pleased to welcome an engineer of Mirko’s calibre to CoolDrive Racing, he has already been a huge asset to the team, and he’s constantly improving results with Anton the last few years demonstrate his ability,” said Blanchard.
“I have been really pleased the way Mirko has slotted into the team and worked closely with Tim (Slade), Brendan and the whole team as we undertake this huge project.
“Mirko coming on board completes our staffing requirements for the 2021 season and is another major piece of the puzzle completed for our new team.
“It has been a busy few months since we commenced in the beginning of November, but we are very pleased with the progress we are making, in that short timeframe we have achieved some key milestones including our workshop build, team launch and now our completed staffing list.
“We are under no illusions we still have a huge amount of work ahead of us but as long as we continue to stick to our timeline, we are confident we will start the season off on the right foot.”
CoolDrive Racing will hit the track for pre-season testing at Winton Motor Raceway on February 16, before the Supercars season commences at Mount Panorama Bathurst with a 500km single-driver event from February 26-28.