Alton, Virginia (Sunday, August 25, 2019) – US RaceTronics grabbed wins today in both the ProAm and AM classes at Virginia International Raceway. Add to that a second-place overall podium for the No. 09 Lamborghini of Vancouver and a second-place ProAm finish for the No. 24 Elephantea Lamborghini of La Jolla, and team has a lot of new hardware to carry back to California. With qualifying for Race 2 cancelled yesterday due to an accident at pit-in, at the end of the first qualifying session, the field was set based on points by class. This put points-leaders Ockey and Eidson in a good position for the start of the race.
Jacob Eidson started the race from fifth overall and first in ProAm in the No. 09 Lamborghini of Vancouver. Edison charged forward quickly into third-place, but was passed shortly before the pit stop window. He brought the car in fourth overall just seconds behind the third-place car. The pair had another flawless pit stop, which allowed Ockey to come out in third-place overall while maintaining the class lead. Ockey pushed hard and built a sizeable gap over the fourth-place car. That gap was key in the final two laps when Ockey went off the track in the Oak Tree with one lap to go. Luckily, it was a quick off-track excursion with no damage to the car. Ockey quickly got back up to speed and crossed the finish for his and Eidson’s seventh win of the season, as well as their third overall podium.
Steven Aghakhani had a fantastic race in the No. 6 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills. The sixteen-year-old from Southern California started ninth overall and second in class, but grabbed two overall spots on the opening laps as he fought McKay Snow for the AM class win. The pair had a great battle going until McKay suffered a flat tire shortly before the mandatory pit window was due to open, bringing out a full-course yellow and giving Aghakhani the lead. Aghakhani ducked into the pits as soon as the window opened. He pushed hard to build a big gap in the second-half of the race and moved the car through the field to a fifth-place overall finish to go along with his class win.
Ron Atapattu started the race seventh overall and third in ProAm in the No. 24 Elephantea Lamborghini of La Jolla. The cars were extremely bunched at the start and Atapattu unfortunately lost a few spots. He quickly recovered and drove a strong first stint before handing the car off to Liddy as soon as the pits opened. Liddy wasted no time moving through the field, passing the second-place ProAm car on lap 19. Liddy continued to maneuver through the field with great pace to bring the third USRT car home sixth overall and second in class.
The team heads back to California to start prepping for their ‘home’ race at Laguna Seca on September 13th, 14th, and 15th.
Jacob Eidson – “Great race! Our goal was to get an overall podium and we did it. Damon made it a little exciting there towards the end, but aside from that he drove awesome. His pace was really good. We had a really good driver change. Everything came together. Hopefully we can keep doing that. It’s been a great season and I’m enjoying driving with Damon and the team. Hopefully we can continue this at Laguna Seca.”
Damon Ockey – “Today’s race was great! Jake started first in the car and made it up to P3 overall. He brought the car into the pits in really good shape. The car setup was really awesome as well. I got in the car and was able to do some pretty quick laps. I stayed ahead of some of the Pro guys. I think they had a few issues and drive-through penalties and that helped us get to P3 overall and P1 in class. Really, really fun race. I had a little bit of an off-road experience in the Oak Tree. I spun, but was able to only lose about three seconds on that lap, so it ended up not being too bad. Looking forward to Laguna Seca.”
Steven Aghakhani – “We had a great start in Race 2. The car was feeling extremely good. I had a little bit of contact with the leader in AM class. I shook it off and starting running laps behind him. We came again to the same corner and had another incident. He got a flat tire, but I was able to keep driving. We had a little bit of damage to our car, a little gash on the front right tire, so started driving the car home as safe as I could. We brought it home in first-place and I’m extremely happy about that. I’m also really happy with the guys and we’re really excited about the next race out at Laguna Seca.”
Ron Atapattu – “Overall, it was a good race. I wish I could have avoided a little bit of mishap in the start of the race. We started seventh overall and third in class and finished sixth overall, second in class, so I’m happy with that. It was nice to get our third straight podium. I’m looking forward to maintaining that momentum for Laguna Seca.”
Patrick Liddy – “We had a really good race today. Ron lost a couple of spots at the start, but he drove a strong, consistent stint and brought the car into the pit stop in great shape. I was able to put down some really fast laps and move us past one of our ProAm competitors for get us another second-place podium finish. The team put together a great car and it was fun driving out there today. I can’t wait to get to Laguna Seca and see if we can get our first class win.”
Shane Seneviratne – “Great weekend! Everyone did a great job! I’ve got to first thank the crew for an amazing job. They keep digging hard and working harder and that makes all the great results possible. Just want to give them the thanks they deserve for all their hard work all year. We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us preparing for the World Finals. We have to get all the stuff ready to ship, so they’ll be working some more long hours getting ready. We’re also hoping to add a fourth car for Laguna Seca, so I’m looking forward to that.
Hats off to our drivers! What an amazing job they all did this weekend. Steven did a great job. He won his race today after a little bit of an incident yesterday, so I’m really happy for him. Damon and Jacob… they drove a great race! They got an overall podium, which has always been our goal for them, and they obviously won their class. Patrick and Ron did an amazing job as well. They keep on delivering with another second-place finish again. We got a lot of hardware this weekend.”
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