USRT Looking to Continue Success at Virginia International Raceway

USRT Looking to Continue Success at Virginia International Raceway

  • Aug 16, 2018
Alton, Virginia (Thursday, August 16, 2018) – US RaceTronics arrived at Virginia International Raceway yesterday hoping to repeat the successes from Road America. The No. 50 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills is coming off it’s first overall win of the season and is focused on doing whatever necessary in order to take sole possession of first-place in the PRO championship. The No. 09 Lamborghini of Calgary is also looking to break the tie in the AM championship with another win or two this weekend. The No. 88 Lamborghini of La Jolla wants to improve on their third-place finishes at Road America and increase their lead in the LB Cup Championship, while Brian Thienes is looking to get back on the podium in the No. 17 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills.

Taylor Proto and Edoardo Piscopo are excited to be tied for the Championship lead coming into this weekend, but want to leave VIR with sole possession o the lead. Both drivers are excited to be back at the 3.27-mile, 17 turn course and expect to continue their success from Road America.
“I’m happy to be returning to VIR again this year,” Taylor Proto said. “It’s a great track for our Super Trofeo’s, really suiting the cars with the mix of high speed and intricate corners. I’m hoping we can extend our championship lead and am looking forward to putting our No. 50 back on the top step.”
“I’ve won two races here at VIR in 2015 and I feel like I know the track well enough to attack from session 1,” Piscopo added. “Our goal is to repeat ourselves after the win in Road America.”
Damon Ockey is also tied for the lead in his championship category. The driver of the No. 09 Lamborghini of Calgary is coming off a good weekend at Road America and is confident that he can follow that up with another strong weekend at VIR.
“Road America was a pretty good weekend for us,” Ockey said. “It would have been nice to get two wins, but we got the results we needed to get us back into first-place in the championship. I like the track here at VIR and think we should be able to be as successful here as we were at Road America. I’m really focused on winning the AM championship this year and think I’ve got a good shot at it.”
Mark Proto and Parris Mullins are still out front in the LB Cup championship, but were disappointed to come away from Road America without a class win. The co-drivers of the No. 88 Lamborghini of La Jolla are determined to get better results this weekend.
“We had an okay weekend at Road America,” Mark Proto said. “We obviously would have preferred to win but we still had two third-place finishes and we’re still leading the points. Our goal this weekend is to get back to the top-step of the podium so that we can build a nice gap on second-place.”
“I really like VIR,” Parris Mullins added. “This track suits my driving style and I think we’ve got a very realistic chance at getting at least one win here this weekend. Mark’s been doing a great job this season and I like our chances in the championship. It should be a fun weekend.”
Brian Thienes had a rough weekend at Road America and is looking to turn things around at VIR this weekend. The driver of the No. 17 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills is eager to get back to the successes he had early in the season.
“Road America didn’t go as well as we’d hoped,” Thienes said. “We had a hard crash on Saturday and had to drive a totally new car on Sunday which wasn’t ideal. It’s hard trying to adjust to a new car during a race. VIR should be a lot better. We’ll have a race as well as practice time under our belt before our first race on Saturday. I’m confident this weekend will be better.”
Shane Seneviratne is pleased with the overall performance of the team through the half-way point of the season.
“We’re leading or tied for the lead in all three championships that we’re entered in,” Seneviratne said. “I’m clearly happy about that. We’ve had a couple of minor issues in the first-half of the season, like pit-stop infractions and such, that we’re really focused on eliminating in the second-half of the season. I think if we can do that we’ll be in a position to win multiple championships this year. I’m looking forward to a great weekend. Hopefully we can leave VIR with sole possession of all three of our championships.”
US RaceTronics is participating in a promoter test at VIR today. They have two practice session scheduled for tomorrow, Friday, August 17, 2018. Saturday, August 18, 2018 starts off with qualifying at 9:55 a.m. EDT followed by Race 1 at 4:45 p.m. EDT. The weekend will conclude on Sunday, August 19, 2018 with Race 2 which goes green 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/.
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