Salinas, California (Friday, September 7, 2018) – US RaceTronics had a short 3-hour drive to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca from their shop at Buttonwillow Raceway Tuesday morning excited to finally be racing close to home. The west coast team is looking forward to racing at the historic 2.238 mile, 11-turn road course where they hope to earn maximum points in their championship races. The No. 50 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills and the No. 88 Lamborghini of La Jolla both hold the points lead in their respective classes coming into this weekend’s event. The No. 09 Lamborghini of Calgary is currently second in the AM championship, while the No. 17 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills sits just behind in third-place. The team is also fielding the No. 63 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills in the ProAm class this weekend.
Co-drivers Edoardo Piscopo and Taylor Proto are coming into Rounds 9 and 10 with a one-point lead in the Pro championship after winning races at both Road America and VIR. The duo is excited to be back at their favorite track and racing so close to home.
“I’m very excited for Laguna,” Piscopo said on Tuesday. “It’s one of my favorite tracks and I’m happy to finally be racing close to home. Me, Taylor and the entire team have put a lot of effort in the last races and we want to keep this momentum going.”
“I’ve been looking forward to bringing the season home to the west coast with our home race in Laguna Seca,” Taylor Proto added. “We’re going to be having some great VIPs there from both our sponsors and personal friends. I know everyone’s looking forward to such a historic track, and I know that our team can deliver the goods needed for us all to take home good results this weekend.”
Mark Proto and Parris Mullins are looking to extend their lead in the LB Cup championship this weekend. The pair comes into the weekend with a 16 point lead, but are focused on leaving this weekend with a bigger gap on second-place.
“I really love Laguna Seca,” Mark Proto said. “I had a great time here last year. It’s one of my favorite tracks on the calendar. I’m looking forward to having a good weekend. We still have the points lead that we’re looking to keep, so we’re going to give it our all.”
“Laguna Seca has a special place in my heart,” Mullins added. “It’s where I started racing years ago. It’s where I did my racing school. I’m looking forward to running this monster of a car out here. Last year this was one of our better events, so I’m looking forward to capitalizing on that experience and keeping a good championship going.”
Canadian driver Damon Ockey is looking to regroup and close the gap in the AM class. Ockey was tied for the points lead going into VIR but had some bad luck that dropped him to second-place. He’s confident that he’ll be able to rebound this weekend and tighten the AM class points battle.
“After an okay weekend at VIR, I’m looking forward to a great weekend at Laguna Seca,” Ockey said. “The team has regrouped and got the car ready, so we’re looking for a strong weekend. We need to get some points for the championship. Hopefully we can do that.”
Coming off a strong showing at VIR, Brian Thienes is excited to be back at a track that he feels suits his driving style. The driver of the No. 17 Thienes Engineering Lamborghini of Beverly Hills is looking to grab as many points as possible this weekend.
“I’m looking forward to returning to Laguna Seca,” Thienes said. “Hope to have good results there this weekend. The track tends to suit my driving style better. It should be fun.”
Joining the USRT family this weekend are veteran drivers Pippa Mann and Mike Hedlund in the No. 63 Bell Techlogix / AQUAHydrate Lamborghini of Beverly Hills.
“Laguna Seca was one of my favorite events in 2017, and I’m thrilled to have joined US Racetronics, and paired up with Mike Hedlund for the upcoming race weekend,” Mann said. “I can’t wait to get back on track and turn my first laps in the No. 63 Bell Techlogix / AQUAHydrate car.”
“After getting a little bit of seat time during a shakedown of our No. 63 US RaceTronics Lamborghini Super Trofeo earlier this week, I’m feeling very comfortable with the car and the team” Hedlund added. “Pippa Mann and I both have had strong pace in the car, so we should be able to fight the ProAm class leaders. With the support of the team and our partners Bell Techlogix, Shift Up Now and AQUAHydrate we have everything we need for a strong result at our home race!”
Team owner Shane Seneviratne is looking forward to a successful weekend. The team will be entertaining a large sponsor contingency and hopes to have all five cars on the podium.
“This is a huge race for us sponsorship-wise,” Seneviratne said. “With this being the only west coast race, we have a large group of sponsors taking the opportunity to come out and see the action in person. We’d love to have them in victory circle for an overall win or two, as well as podiums with all the cars. I think it’s a real possibility. We’re going to go out and give it our best shot.”
There are two practice sessions and qualifying on today, September 7, 2018. Round 9 is from 11:35 a.m. to 12:25 a.m. PT on Saturday, September 8, 2019, while Round 10 goes green Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 11:25 a.m. PT. The races will be streamed live at http://squadracorse.lamborghini.com/en-en/live-streaming and http://imsatv.imsa.com/.