William Woehlemann, CFO
William Woehlemann, CFO of StarCom Racing, is new to the NASCAR scene but is well equipped as the teams lead financial manager. Bill excels in budgeting and allocation of team assets and is the driving force behind the team’s financial status. Bill is also the CFO for StarCom Fiber, a telecommunications company based out of NJ that has consistently grown over the past 10 years behind strong financial leadership. Bill plans to bring to StarCom Racing the same type of financial guidelines that has helped him create and manage a successful budget plan that will lead SCR into 2018 and beyond.
Michael Kohler, CEO
Michael Kohler, CEO of StarCom Racing has strong ties to NASCAR that date back to the mid 1990’s when his uncle’s company was a primary sponsor for Bobby Allison Motorsports car driven by Cope. Michael is a well versatile business entrepreneur and is also CEO of StarCom Fiber, a telecommunications company based out of Millburn, New Jersey. He helped grow StarCom Fiber into one of the main fixtures in the telecom industry today, and he plans to help StarCom Racing do the same. Michael’s diverse background allows him the knowledge to understand business opportunities that will help the StarCom brand continue to thrive as this team forges ahead in the coming years.
Matthew Kohler, President
Matthew Kohler, President of StarCom Racing, has the same ties to NASCAR as his brother, Michael, that back to the mid 1990’s. Matthew is also President of StarCom Fiber and is well known throughout the telecommunications industry as one of the top young minds in his field. Matthew’s personality and strive for success has helped him propel StarCom Fiber to the top of the industry and has truly placed the StarCom brand on the map. Matthews dedication, strong leadership skills, and team first mentality will assure that StarCom Racing is here to stay.
Ashley-Marie Monica, Team Adviser/Public Relations
Ashley-Marie Monica, Team Adviser of StarCom Racing, oversees the entire organization on a day-to-day basis. Ashley-Marie has a BA from Rowan University and a background in Public Relations, where she had worked on several campaigns involving stock car racing. Through this experience, Ashley developed a strong background in team management and organizational skills. Not only does she manage all PR protocol, but manages the team’s finances & payroll, working closely with the CFO, Bill Woehlemann. Ashley Marie’s ability to command the flow of an organization is a true talent that will lead SCR on and off the track.
Derrike Cope, Team Manager
Derrike Cope, most recognized as the winner of the 1990 Daytona 500, has competed in over 700 NASCAR events with wins across multiple series. Derrike was groomed from a young age to know his way around a race car. Cope Brothers Race Shop in Spanaway Washington was owned and operated by his father, Don, and Uncle, Jerry Cope. They built and refreshed race engines from all over the Western US. Derrike learned all aspects of engines and dynos and started building his own engines when he began racing himself. After his entry into Winston Cup racing, he continued working in the race shops of which he drove for and ran his own shock absorber company for 2 decades. He managed his own Cup team in the early 2000’s and then his own Xfinity Team from 2012-2016, all while continuing to drive. Creation Cope was a driver development team for aspiring NASCAR drivers of which he owned and operated from 2011-2014. Cope possesses the technical knowledge of every aspect of a race team from building shocks and rebuilding engines, to crew chiefing and facilitating sponsorship deals. A consummate professional both on and off the track, Derrike remains one of the most respected drivers in the sport of NASCAR. There is not one area of the race team that he does not touch personally. This knowledge coupled with his vast experience makes him ideal as a young driver’s mentor and team manager!
Elyshia Cope, Marketing Director
Elyshia’s training in sales and marketing came at an early age when her entrepreneurial family began a nutritional products company and marketed them through trade shows and state fairs. Speaking in front of people was never a challenge for the confident teen and usually ended in top sales. Her passion for working for herself continued as she supported herself through college creating and operating a gym and dance studio for children which continued for over 19 years in three locations with satellite programs and hundreds of students. She continued to rep nutritional products for many companies including her family’s business, Bestlife International, which launched a new product, Maxelence, in 2011, and Elyshia was the marketing director. The new ribose recovery drink was highlighted on the #28 Nationwide car driven by Derrike Cope. This was Elyshia’s first event in NASCAR and she fell in love with the sport and later the driver. As she continued her nutritional programs the sponsorship acquisition and PR demands increased to full time sales and marketing when Derrike Cope Racing started a Nationwide/Xfinity team partially in 2012/13 and fulltime in 2014-2016. She has three lovely daughters and is currently the Marketing Director of StarCom Racing #00.
Gabriella Marie Pietronico, Social Media Manager
Gabriella Marie Pietronico, Social Media Manager, graduated Rutgers University in 2017 with a Business Degree in Marketing. Gabriella runs all social media platforms for StarCom Racing, as well as its parent company @StarComFiber.
Donna Gall, Administrative Assistant/Hospitality Coordinator
Donna Gall hails from Wisconsin and Illinois and plans on relocating her family to North Carolina in 2018. She is a Certified Medical Assistant and has been serving in that capacity for over 25 years. Being an avid NASCAR fan most of her life, one of her most memorable years was 1990 when she and her new husband met Daytona 500 winner Derrike Cope at Michigan Speedway. For years Donna and her husband Dave would watch and attend NASCAR races wanting to be more than just spectators of the sport. Donna began her goal of someday being part of the NASCAR series and working on a team. Three years ago, she approached Derrike and Elyshia Cope with an idea of being volunteers on their Xfinity team and the rest is history! Donna quickly became an integral part of Derrike Cope Racing assisting Elyshia with many duties. She enjoys traveling, being at the track, and meeting new people. She has two sons with two adopted grandsons and is currently the Administrative Assistant/Hospitality Coordinator for StarCom Racing.
Tony Lee Furr, Crew Chief
Tony Lee Furr, Crew Chief of StarCom Racing, grew up in the heartland of racing, North Carolina, with Dale Earnhardt Senior. Earnhardt drove the cars Tony built in the mid-seventies on dirt tracks. Tony would take Dale Sr. to victory multiple times on dirt until he got his first big break into NASCAR. From there, Tony would move on to building short track asphalt cars until he entered NASCAR in 1989. He was the crew chief for Greg Sacks with the US Air Team in 1994 and sat on several poles. He has also worked for Yarborough, Hendricks, and Haas among others. Tony is very versatile and worked well with a variety of different drivers, from rookies to champions, posting numerous top five and top ten placements with drivers like Greg Sacks, John Andretti, Wally Dallenbach Jr., Randy LaJoie, Jerry Nadeau, Ward Burton, and Ricky Craven. In the Cup Series, he has 2 victories, Atlanta and the July 4th Daytona. Tony spent time as a crew chief in the Camping World Truck Series as well, where he gave Toyota their first ever win in the series. With his vast knowledge of racing, he has spanned every series, including Xfinity and Arca. He found success in the Arca series, posting several top fives and tens of Travis Braden over the past two years. He has worked with Derrike Cope before in the Xfinity Series and has been known in the garage as the crew chief that gets the open cars with less horsepower “into the show”.
Mike Chance, Car Chief
Originally from Hope Mills, North Carolina, Mike Chance comes from a racing father, who raced late models. When Mike lost his father at only 12 years old he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and began a life-long love of racing. As most do, Mike started by being a racer himself. At just 15 years old, he was racing dirt late models all over the country and he continued to do this for 15 years. His first crew chief job started him on asphalt in the NASCAR Asphalt All-Pro Series and later he would work in the Hooters Pro-Cup Series from 1994-2000. Gaining all this knowledge would propel him onto the biggest stage in NASCAR, working for Roush, with notable drivers Matt Kenseth and Robbie Riser from 2003-2006. Mike would then move on to Ganassi and the Target car from 2006-2009. He would work for various other teams and roles until landing a position with Childress in 2014. He is now the Car Chief of StarCom Racing and the #00.