Monrovia, Calif. (Tuesday, May 2, 2017) – US RaceTronics (USRT) heads to the 2017 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American (LSTNA) season debut at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX with a new lineup of drivers for their three entries. 2016 third-place Pro-Am finisher Brian Thienes will pilot a single-driver entry in the Amateur category, while 2014 LST World Champion Edoardo Piscopo will co-drive the No. 50 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills Pro-Am entry with rookie Taylor Proto. Mark Proto (Taylor’s father) and Parris Mullins round out the driver lineup in the No. 88 Lamborghini of La Jolla entry.
Brian Thienes returns for his sophomore season with USRT after a successful 2016 campaign. Thienes finished third in the Pro-Am points event after missing the two rounds at Virginia International Raceway when the races were a late add to the schedule and conflicted with his wedding. He’s looking forward to competing in this year’s season behind the wheel of the No. 17 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills.
“I am honored to be a part of this team and looking forward to another year with US RaceTronics,” Thienes said. “Shane has put together a really strong team with talented mechanics and engineers this year. We had really good results in winter testing and expect great results next week at COTA. I am confident in saying that the team is without a doubt the strongest team I have ever been a part of. Last year we had very good results and finished third in the Pro-Am points missing one race that was re-scheduled on my wedding date.”
2014 World Champion Edoardo Piscopo returns to the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American Series (LSTNA) representing Lamborghini of Beverly Hills where he is the dealership’s Brand Manager. Piscopo has been successful behind the wheel of a Lamborghini in various different series and is looking forward to mentoring rookie Taylor Proto in 2017.
“I am very excited to be back in Super Trofeo!” Piscopo said. “After winning two pro titles and racing in Rolex 24 of Daytona with Lamborghini, I am proud to once more represent the brand on the track (as well as off the track as the Beverly Hills Brand Manager). This year I will cover a new role in Pro-Am, helping Taylor Proto in his very first year of professional motor racing. He’s a very talented young driver and I look forward to transferring to him all my knowledge of the car and the series while giving a hard time to all my opponents.”
Taylor Proto will make his debut with USRT at Circuit of the Americas this weekend for his rookie season in the LSTNA Series. Proto expects to have fun while learning about the series and the car from his professional co-driver.
“I’m very excited to have the chance to work with US RaceTronics and to have former World Champion Edoardo Piscopo as my co-driver,” Proto said. “I know I can learn a lot from Edo and can’t wait for the season to get started. We’ve done a fair amount of preseason testing which has helped me to get comfortable with the car and to go fast. The Lamborghini Huracán is an amazing car and I’m really looking forward to seeing how well it handles in traffic. It should definitely be a fun weekend at COTA.”
Brand Manager for Lamborghini of La Jolla, Parris Mullins, will also return to the track for the 2017 LSTNA season. Mullins ran in the inaugural season with Tom O’Gara and is confident that he’ll be successful with a new co-driver and team.
“It’s exciting to be back driving in the series after running the inaugural season in 2013,” Mullins said. “US RaceTronics is a first-class team all the way and we have a great group of drivers, so this should be a great season for all of us.
Mark Proto joins Mullins as the co-driver of the No. 88 Lamborghini of La Jolla entry and expects a good rookie season after several productive preseason tests.
“US RaceTronics has created a great program,” Mark Proto said. “My son (Taylor) and I are looking forward to being part of their team for the 2017 LSTNA season. We’ve already done enough testing to get well acquainted with the team as well as the car. Going to the test last month at COTA was a fantastic opportunity to learn the layout of this world-class track and to see how well the Huracán handles there. I can’t wait to attack the course in a race. This season presents a challenge for us and I’m confident that Shane and the entire team will give us the support necessary to meet that challenge. I think we’re going to have a great 2017 season.”
Team owner Shane Seneviratne is happy with the team’s lineup for his three-car LSTNA program and expects great results for all of the team’s entries.
“It’s great to have Brian back for a second straight season and I’m looking forward to working with Edoardo again,” Seneviratne said. “I think that having the Brand Managers for both dealerships as well as the father and son pair of Mark and Taylor Proto participating in the full 2017 LSTNA season will make for an exciting year. We’ve brought back some of last year’s crew and have added new crew members for a team that has already started to gel during preseason testing. I expect all three cars will be successful in their respective categories and can’t wait for us to get started.”
USRT will debut their new liveries as well as their new driver lineup when the 2017 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American season kicks off with practice on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Qualifying is at 9:00 a.m. ET on Friday, May 5, 2017 with Race 1 later that day at 6:30 p.m. ET. The opening weekend wraps up with the green flag for Race 2 at 10:45 a.m. ET on Saturday, May 6, 2017.
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About US RaceTronics
US RaceTronics (USRT) originated in 2005, founded by Shane Seneviratne to compete in the Atlantic Championship, a formula race car series with races throughout North America. The team finished 5th in points its first year and continued its success during the succeeding years, ultimately amassing a total of 21 podiums, 7 poles, 5 race wins and finishing 3rd in the 2009 Atlantic Championship. USRT was put on hold after series officials announced the Atlantic Series was put on hiatus.
Seneviratne fully returned to racing in 2015 after receiving an invitation to manage the O’Gara Motorsport entries in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North American (LSTNA) Series. The team won the Team Championship, Dealership Championship, Pro Championship with driver Richard Antinucci, and Amateur Championship with Ryan Ockey. The success of 2015 reignited Seneviratne’s passion for racing and he relaunched US RaceTronics to compete in the 2016 LSTNA Series where Damon Ockey won the Amateur Championship and the team’s Pro-Am driver Brian Thienes finished third in points.
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