|Lexington, Ohio (Thursday, May 3, 2018) – US RaceTronics returns to the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American (LSTNA) series with four cars for the 2018 season. 2017 North American and World Champion Pro-Am drivers Edoardo Piscopo and Taylor Proto return in the No. 50 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills Pro entry. 2016 North American AM Champion Damon Ockey returns to the team after a year away from racing in the No. 09 Lamborghini of Calgary. Brian Thienes who finished last season third in the LSTNA AM Championship returns in the No. 17 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills. Thienes and Ockey will both compete in the AM class. Mark Proto and Parris Mullins will round out the team in the No. 88 Lamborghini of La Jolla competing in the LB Cup class.
Piscopo has fond memories of Mid-Ohio’s 2.258 mile, 13-turn road course where he began his racing career and hopes to finish one step higher on the podium than he did in his debut.
‘I’m very excited to be part of Lamborghini Super Trofeo again,” the Italian driver said. “Mid-Ohio is where I did my racing debut, my very first race of my career with Formula BMW USA. I remember that I scored a pole position and finished second, so I hope I can improve from that.”
Second-year driver Taylor Proto is moving up to Pro class this season after his impressive rookie season in LSTNA. Proto has been busy since the World Finals in November including time spent honing his skills in the Lamborghini Middle-East Series.
“I’m happy to be returning to the North American Super Trofeo series,” Proto said. “I’m looking forward to further developing this season and cutting my teeth with the rest of the Pro field. I feel like my off-season in the Middle-East will prove to be a great help for me going into this year’s challenge.”
Brian Thienes has high expectations for the No. 17 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills entry at Mid-Ohio as well as for the rest of the season. After finishing third in 2017, Thienes his shooting for the top spot in the AM class this season.
“I’m looking forward to returning to Mid-Ohio where I raced in Formula Mazda,” Thienes said. “The team has done such a great job preparing for the new racing season and I expect good results this year. I am looking forward to working with the team again this year. It’s always a pleasure working with the dedicated and talented staff at US RaceTronics.”
Damon Ockey is happy to be back with US RaceTronics in the No. 09 Lamborghini of Calgary and is looking forward to a successful season. The Canadian driver was pleased with his off-season testing and is excited about the potential of the new Super Trofeo Evo.
“After taking a year off from racing I am looking forward to the season start at Mid-Ohio,” Ockey said. “The team has done a great job getting the new Evo car prepped and dialed in. I’ve had some preseason seat time which has helped me get back into shape and I’m confident we’ll have a good season.”
Mark Proto and Parris Mullins look forward to a competitive 2018 as they campaign the No. 88 Lamborghini of La Jolla again this season.
“I’m excited to get back on track and see what the new Evo can do out there,” Mark Proto said. “Last season was a great learning experience for us. I think we’ve got a good chance at more podium finishes this year. The team’s been working hard to get us ready for the opening weekend and I can’t wait to get started.”
Mullins agreed. “We learned a lot last year that is going to help us be even more competitive this season. I’ve got a great teammate and we have a really strong team behind us, so I expect that we’ll have a great season.”
Team owner Shane Seneviratne is excited about the new Super Trofeo car and the team’s expansion to four cars this season.
“We had such great results last year with Edo and Taylor winning both the North American championship and the World Finals in Pro-Am. Taylor’s skill level at the end of the season was impressive. I’m proud of the job he and all our drivers and crew did last year. Brian had a bit of bad luck in Italy, but still finished third in the North American AM championship and having two out of three cars finish in the top three in their respective categories is definitely something to be proud of. I’m excited to have all the 2017 drivers returning, as well as having Damon back on our team. I think our mix of drivers and crew give us an excellent chance of surpassing last season’s successes.”
The opening weekend of the 2018 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American Series kicks off with a promoter test Thursday, May 3, 2018, followed by two practice sessions on Friday, May 4, 2018. Qualifying is scheduled for Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 9:55 a.m., with Race 1 going green at 6:05 p.m. that same day. The final event of the weekend is Race 2 beginning at 10:20 a.m. on Sunday, May 6, 2018. All times are local EDT. Both races will be streamed live at http://squadracorse.lamborghini.com/en-en/live-streaming, and http://imsatv.imsa.com/.
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