Wagner Wins Season Opener at Sonoma

Wagner Wins Season Opener at Sonoma

Copeland Motorsports teammates Westin Workman and Gresham Wagner led the field to green to kick off the 2024 season as the field fanned out three-wide behind them heading up the hill into Turn 2. As the drivers came back around the start/finish line, Wagner was able to pull out in front and take control of the lead.

Just over three minutes into the race, the safety car was deployed for a full course yellow due to an incident between the #80 of Tyler Wettengel (Nitro Motorsports) and #44 of Aidan Yoder (Precision Racing LA). The field went back green with 33 minutes left on the clock and Wagner still out in front.

As Wagner, Workman, and Spike Kohlbecker (TechSport Racing) pulled ahead of the field, a three-way battle for fourth ensued behind them with Lucas Weisenberg (Lucas Racing), Jaxon Bell (Copeland Motorsports), and Mia Lovell (Copeland Motorsports). Weisenberg and Bell traded spots and were bumper to bumper for the remainder of the race before Weisenberg held on for the fourth position.

Time expired on the 45-minute clock and Gresham Wagner took the checkered flag for his first win of the year and fourth career GR Cup Series win.


Wagner was joined on the podium by Westin Workman (2nd) and Spike Kohlbecker (3rd). Workman notched his second GR Cup podium in three career starts, while today’s third-place finish marked Kohlbecker’s eighth career podium finish in the GR Cup.

Race Awards

Along with taking home the win, Wagner clocked in the fastest lap of the race with a time of 1:50.650. Mia Lovell of Copeland Motorsports earned the Endava Highest Finishing Female honors with a sixth-place finish while Alex Garcia (Skip Barber Racing) earned the Hard Charger Award, gaining six positions and finishing 11th.

What’s Next

The GR Cup Series will be back on track at Sonoma on Sunday, April 7 with Race 2 qualifying at 8:20 AM PT, followed by green flag action at 12:15 PM PT. Fans will also have a chance to meet all the GR Cup drivers during our autograph session being held from 11 AM ET – 11:45 AM ET behind the main grandstand.   

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