This week’s DragChamp Jr. Racer Spotlight is all about 2020 NHRA Eastern Conference Finals Champion, Cooper Hancock.
COMMERCE, GA- Cooper Hancock grew up around the sport of drag racing and like most his age, he found his start in a Junior Dragster. His parents, Jeremy and Ashley are both racers themselves which ultimately introduced Cooper to the sport and he has been racing now for 5 years. Besides his parents, his PaPaw also races and Cooper looks up to him a lot.
Cooper currently competes in the 10-12 year-old category within NHRA Division 2. He follows the Lucas Oil Series and the National Open series but will also race anywhere his parents take him. His home track is Atlanta Dragway in Commerce, Georgia.
About his Dragster
Cooper has had a few race cars over the years as he has moved up in the Junior Dragster ranks. He started in his dad and his Aunt Kelley’s old Junior Dragster and then eventually moved into a newer Halfscale dragster. They still have the older Junior in their shop. Cooper raced this newer Halfscale for 3 years and they just recently upgraded to another Halfscale this past year. TRS builds their engines and they run a Shockwave clutch. The car currently runs 8.90s.
Besides Cooper’s driving duties, he also helps work on the car a bit here and there. At the track, he is responsible for putting fuel in the car and keeping track of his log book. His dad and PaPaw do most of the mechanical work on the car.
Favorite Win and Bucket List
The win Cooper is most proud of would have to be his 2020 Eastern Conference Finals win in Charlotte, NC. He said, “it was fun to win and race my friend in the finals”. In the future, Cooper would like to win a National Championship and win the Million Dollar Drag Race. He also hopes to one day race his dad and beat him.
For Cooper, his Papaw has made the biggest impact on his success as a racer. He said, “my Papaw he always helps me and takes me to the finish line to watch”. When asked who he looks up to within the sport, he also said his Papaw.
Cooper would like to thank his Mom, Dad, Nana, Papaw and his sponsors for helping him on and off the track. Without their support, he wouldn’t be able to do what he loves. His sponsors include: Ivey Hutto Golf Carts, FTI (FTI Farm Team), Mickey Thompson Tires, Mack and Bucks Towing, and VP Race Fuel.
Cooper Hancock’s Accomplishments
- 2016 Jr. Dragster Challenge Winner
- 2016 Division 2 Race Of Champions Winner
- 2018 Division 2 National Open Champion
- 2018 Atlanta Dragway Champion
- 2019 Atlanta Dragway Champion
- 2020 Atlanta Dragway Champion
- 2020 NHRA Eastern Conference Finals Champion
Who do you hate to see in the other lane, and why?
My friend Malachi Edwards who I ran in the ECF Final Round, because we have really good races when we run each other.
What’s the hardest part of drag racing?
It’s is all hard but I would say starting line.
What do you enjoy the most about racing?
Being with my family and friends. I also enjoy the competition.
Do you love to win or hate to lose?
Love to Win
Which are you better at the starting line or the finish line?
Besides racing, what do you do in your free time?
Play baseball, basketball, golf, and play video games
Favorite movie or TV show?
Favorite music, artist?
KISS is my favorite band but I like all kinds of music
Where do you spend the most time on the internet?
What is your favorite sport? Favorite team?
Racing is my Favorite but Basketball is second. University of Georgia (Go Dawgs)
Name one thing most people don’t know about you?
I play Golf
What’s your favorite thing to eat? Individual item, meal, or restaurant?
Lahacienda Mexican Resturant. I like the chicken and Cheese dip there.
What advice would you give to young aspiring racers?
Racing is hard but don’t give up on it. Have fun racing win or lose.