Beginning with the 2023 season, NASA SoCal Regional Director Mike Collins is the series leader of the Western Endurance Racing Championship. Collins takes over from Peter Hopelain, who led the growth of the western United States’ most competitive endurance racing series for the past two years.

With four of the five WERC enduros scheduled in the NASA SoCal region, and the volunteer nature of this role, Collins is excited about the opportunity to be more involved in developing endurance racing in the region and beyond. Collins said how grateful he is for Hopelain’s commitment to the series, and intends to continue the momentum Hopelain built during the course of his leadership.

“Before I changed careers and went into motorsports events full time, I spent 20 years in the event business,” Collins said. “I’ve done five presidential inaugurations, G7s, G8s, I’ve worked for the RNC and the DNC, the Super Bowl, and we did some work for the Olympics. So I bring a lot of event background to motorsports.”

The 2023 WERC schedule includes a 10-hour race at Buttonwillow in June and the annual Six Hours of Utah at Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele, Utah.


2023 WERC Schedule

Saturday, February 18, 2023, Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, 4 Hours Register

Saturday, April 15, 2023, Buttonwillow Raceway Park, 6 Hours Register

Saturday, June 10, 2023, Buttonwillow Raceway Park, 10 Hours Register

Saturday, July 29, 2023, Utah Motorsports Campus, 6 Hours Register

Saturday, October 28, 2023, Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, 5 Hours Register


For more information, visit the WERC home page.

Image courtesy of Brett Becker

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