Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin (Friday, August 3, 2018) – All four of US RaceTronics’ cars are still in the championship battle for their respective classes. The No. 88 Lamborghini of La Jolla sits atop the LB Cup championship, while the No. 50 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills is second in the PRO championship and the No. 09 Lamborghini of Calgary is second in the AM championship. The No. 17 Thienes Engineering Lamborghini of Beverly Hills is third in the AM championship just two points behind Ockey’s No. 09.
With three class wins and a third-place finish in the first four races of the season, the duo of Mark Proto and Parris Mullins has jumped to a 23-point lead over second-place in LB Cup. The pair comes into the weekend focused on continuing to stretch their lead in the LB Cup championship.
“So far this season has gone quite well,” Mark Proto said. “Parris and I enjoyed Road America last year despite the heavy rain we had for most of the weekend. Rain or shine, we will be ready to defend our championship points lead this weekend. I think we’ve got a great shot at two more podium finishes, which will help us on our way to our ultimate goal of winning the championship.”
“Last year was my first trip to Road America and wow what a track,” Mullins added. “Mark and I are really looking forward to racing here again. Leading the championship adds a bit of pressure but I’m sure the team will give us a great car for this event. I expect it to be a fun and successful weekend for us.”
Co-drivers of the No. 50 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills are equally excited about the prospects for this weekend’s races. Taylor Proto and Edoardo Piscopo are coming off a great weekend at Watkins Glen International and now sit just two points behind first-place in the PRO championship.
“I’m feeling great going into this race weekend,” Taylor Proto said. “We’re coming to Road America with a great car underneath us. We have a good opportunity to leapfrog Change and take the lead in the championship. This weekend is just about consistency and getting the car on the podium. I know the team will be more than ready to put in the work. Edo and I are both excited.”
“Road America is one of my favorite tracks in the US,” Piscopo added. “I am very much looking forward to repeating the successful Watkins Glen weekend. We gained a lot of ground in the championship and this weekend is an opportunity for us to take that momentum and earn more podiums and more points toward winning the championship.”
Damon Ockey didn’t have the results he’d hoped for at Watkins Glen and is even more focused coming into Road America. The Canadian driver dropped to second in the AM championship and is determined to work his way back to the top step of the podium this weekend.
“We’re coming off of a strong race pace in Watkins Glen but a poor result due to a pit speed penalty,” Ockey said. “I’m hoping to be mistake-free in Road America. With cars and drivers so close it seems races are won by driving perfect. US RaceTronics has been doing a great job getting the cars perfect for each weekend. Road America is one of my favorite tracks and I’m looking forward to racing there again.”
Brian Thienes is just two points behind Ockey and nine points back of first-place in the AM championship. His goal is to drive clean and competitive races on Saturday and Sunday in order to close the gap to first-place.
“We had a couple of very small mistakes at Watkins Glen which cost us wins,” Thienes said. “This weekend’s goal is to not make any mistakes and get back to the top of the podium. I still have a shot at the AM championship and I’m going to do my best to win it. We’re not even halfway through the season, so I think it’s definitely doable if I stay focused and drive clean competitive races from here on out.”
Team owner Shane Seneviratne is optimistic about the weekend’s races. The team has been busy working on procedures to help ensure that the costly mistakes from past races don’t happen again.
“We’ve looked at where we had some issues in the first four races of the season and have identified the areas for improvement,” Seneviratne said. “We think we’ve come up with some fixes and we’ll implement them this weekend. Hopefully the changes will result in even better results for the entire team. I love bringing the team to Road America and am looking forward to the weekend.”
USRT has two practice session scheduled for today with qualifying tomorrow (Saturday) morning starting at 8:00 a.m. CDT. Race 1 goes green Saturday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. CDT. The weekend concludes with Race 2 on Sunday, August 5, 2018 from 10:55 a.m. to 11:35 a.m. CDT. Both races will be streamed live at http://squadracorse.lamborghini.com/en-en/live-streaming and http://imsatv.imsa.com/.