Watkins Glen, New York (Wednesday, June 27, 2018) – US RaceTronics arrived today at Watkins Glen International for Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2018 LSTNA season leading the points in both the AM and LB Cup Championships.
Canadian Damon Ockey comes into the weekend with a four-point lead in the AM Championship having won the season-opener and driving to a second-place finish in Round 2 at Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course. Ockey is ready to get back behind the wheel of the No. 09 Lamborghini of Calgary with a goal of increasing his points-lead.
“I’m looking forward to Watkins Glen after a long stretch between races,” Ockey said. “The team has been working hard dialing in the car so that it’s perfect. We will need every bit from the car to be competitive. Watkins Glen is an amazing track where I believe the new car will really show its advancements over last year’s car. Coming to the Glen with a first and second from the season-opener is nice, but now is the time to push hard and build a more substantial lead.”
The duo of Mark Proto and Parris Mullins also come into the second weekend of the 2018 season with a points-lead in their championship (LB Cup). The drivers of the No. 88 Lamborghini of La Jolla won both their races at Mid-Ohio and expect similar results here.
“I’m really pleased with our success at Mid-Ohio,” Mark Proto said. “We brought the No. 88 home for the win in both races and I don’t see any reason why we can’t do that again this coming weekend here at Watkins Glen.”
“Watkins Glen is one of my favorite tracks,” Mullins added. “This course really suits my driving style, so I’m excited for the upcoming weekend. We won both races back at Mid-Ohio and I’m confident that US RaceTronics will provide us with the car we need to repeat that performance. I’m really looking forward to being on track again after the considerable down-time we’ve had between our first two events.”
The No. 50 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills arrived at WGI third in points in the PRO class. Co-drivers Edoardo Piscopo and Taylor Proto are eager to get to the top step of the overall podium and have high hopes that this weekend is when they’ll get there.
“We would have liked to have come into the second event of the season in first or second place in the points,” Taylor Proto said, “but I think we’ve got a good shot at moving up in the points this weekend. US RaceTronics gave us a great car in Mid-Ohio and I expect the same for Watkins Glen. Edo and I both like this track, so if we can put together the flawless execution we need, we should be in great shape.”
“Watkins Glen is where I did my debut in Super Trofeo USA and it’s probably my favorite race week-end of the season,” Piscopo said. “I have a very good feeling about this track and think Taylor and I can bring home some great results here. I’m really looking forward to getting the racing started!”
Brian Thienes had two third-place finishes at the season-opener, but expects to do even better this upcoming weekend.
“I want to thank US RaceTronics for the great car they gave me at Mid-Ohio,” Thienes said. “The AM class is extremely competitive this season, so in order to finish on the top step of the podium you have to be mistake-free. While I didn’t drive perfect races in the season-opener, I honestly expect to be much better here at Watkins Glen. Having that first weekend out of the way is a relief. I gathered a few cobwebs during the off-season, but those are now gone and I’m raring to go. I expect better results this weekend and am looking forward to finishing better than I did in Ohio.”
Team owner Shane Seneviratne is also looking forward to the second weekend of the young season and is confident that team will leave New York with more hardware than it arrived with.
“We had a great season-opener in Mid-Ohio with seven podiums,” Seneviratne said. “The team has been working very hard during our break to make sure that we’re as ready as we can be coming into our second weekend of the 2018 Super Trofeo season. We always strive to finish all of our cars on the podium and this weekend isn’t any different. I’d be ecstatic if we could better the results we had at Mid-Ohio and leave here with eight podiums.”
USRT’s weekend begins with two practice sessions on Thursday, June 28 at 10:00 a.m. and 1:10 p.m. EDT. Qualifying will take place on Friday, June 29 at 9:30 a.m., while Race 1 goes green at 4:10 p.m. EDT that afternoon. The weekend concludes with Race 2 Saturday morning at 10:25 a.m. EDT. Both races will be streamed live at http://squadracorse.lamborghini.com/en-en/live-streaming and http://imsatv.imsa.com/.
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 (LBSTNA) 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 LBSTNA Series where Damon Ockey won the Amateur Championship and the team’s Pro-Am driver Brian Thienes finished third in points. Success continued in 2017 with drivers Edoardo Piscopo and Taylor Proto winning both the North American and World Championships in the Pro-Am class.
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