|AUSTIN, Texas (Sept. 13, 2016) – US RaceTronics, coming off a successful weekend at VIR, looks to add to their podium count in Rounds 9 and 10 of the 2016 LBSTNA Championship at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) this weekend. Canadian driver, Damon Ockey comes into the weekend with 104 points with hopes of extending his lead in the AM Championship, while Brian Thienes returns to co-drive the No. 17 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills on the prestigious 3.4 mile, 20-turn road course with last year’s North American champ Richard Antinucci.
Ockey, driving the No. 09 Lamborghini of Calgary, had a phenomenal weekend at VIR, increasing his lead in the AM Driver Championship to 27 points. He has finished on the podium in every race of the 2016 LBSTNA Championship and is looking to keep that streak alive and add to his points lead before heading to Spain and the World Finals.
“VIR was a successful weekend, we were able add some good championship points in the two races,” Ockey said. “I’m looking forward to COTA and the last two races here in North America before the finals in Spain. US RaceTronics has been exceptional in getting me a great car to race. Our focus this week is to finish strong, protect the car and increase the lead.”
Brian Thienes is back and ready to pick up where he and Antinucci left off at Road America. Thienes, who got married during the VIR weekend, is excited to be back co-driving with Antinucci.
“I’m really looking forward to working with US RaceTronics again,” Thienes said. “The team has done such a great job all year preparing the car and providing the perfect set up for each track. I’m also looking forward to working with Richie Antinucci again. I think he’s one of the most talented drivers I’ve ever met.”
2016 LBSTNA Champ Richard Antinucci will set the pace again in the No. 17 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills. Antinucci has been an incredible asset to the USRT team this season. He’s contributed some great qualifying sessions and brilliant driving at both Road America and VIR and has helped the team score overall podium finishes as well as ProAm podiums.
“I’m really looking forward to racing at COTA next week with US RaceTronics,” Antinucci said. “Sadly, this will probably be our last race this year together. It has been a great pleasure to work with such nice group of guys. We’ve had a great run so far and I plan to keep it up through the next races in Austin. There’s a great buzz within the team… Let’s keep it up!”
Team owner Shane Seneviratne is proud of how quickly his team has gelled and is happy with the team’s successes so far in its rookie season. Seneviratne is hoping that the team’s hard work will result in a few more podium finishes this weekend.
“We’re really happy to have Brian back with us this weekend,” Seneviratne said. “We want to celebrate with a couple more podiums for both the No. 17 and the No. 09. We’ve been pretty consistent since Watkins Glen and I think we have the cars and the drivers to get us back on the overall podium again this weekend. COTA is an amazing track and we should see some great racing. I’m proud of how well the drivers, engineer and crew have all come together this season. We’re accomplishing our goals and having fun at the same time.”
Be sure to follow the team as they hit the track starting with two practice sessions tomorrow, Wednesday, September 14, 2016. Qualifying is at 8:35 a.m. on Thursday, September 15, 2016, and Race 1 starts at 5:55 p.m. on Thursday as well. The cars take the track for Race 2 on Friday morning at 8:00 a.m.
*Photos courtesy of Jamey Price
|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 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 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North American Series.
To follow all of the 2016 Series action and the US RaceTronics team, make sure to follow the official Twitter account @usracetronics for live updates along with Facebook.com/usracetronics and Instagram http://instagram.com/usracetronics. To become a driver, learn more about the series, or attend a race, visit www.usracetronics.com for more information.