USRT’s Aghakani Wins First Race in Lamborghini Huracán at Buttonwillow – Team Heads to Rounds 3 & 4 of LSTNA at Watkins Glen International

USRT’s Aghakani Wins First Race in Lamborghini Huracán at Buttonwillow – Team Heads to Rounds 3 & 4 of LSTNA at Watkins Glen International

  • Jun 28, 2017
Monrovia, California (Tuesday, July 27, 2017) – 14-year-old Steven Aghakani won for the first time in a Lamborghini Huracán on Sunday at Buttonwillow while participating in the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) SoCal Region as part of his driver development program with US RaceTronics. The California native will also be attending this upcoming weekend’s LSTNA event at Watkins Glen International to conduct meetings regarding his future plans and to support the rest of the team’s drivers.

Aghakani was thrilled with his first-place finish and thankful to all of his supporters.

“The heat was exhausting,” Aghakani said. “We had some mechanical challenges, but all the hard work and perseverance paid off. It feels so incredible to be holding this first-place trophy and celebrating with my crew and sponsors. I am so happy to be first in the southern region and to be moving my driving status to pro! I can’t thank everyone enough for all the support they have shown me to get to this point.”

The duo of Edoardo Piscopo and Taylor Proto are taking their No. 50 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills entry into Watkins Glen leading the points in the Pro-Am class. Pro driver Edoardo Piscopo is looking forward to returning to one of his favorite tracks.

“Watkins Glen is probably my favorite track (after Mugello) and is where my US adventure started in 2015 with Lamborghini Beverly Hills and O’Gara Coach,” Piscopo said. “I immediately loved the layout and I was able to score two pole-positions; I will push hard to do the same this year and keep our lead in the Pro-Am rankings. Both me and Taylor are ready and look forward to the races!”

The AM member of the duo, Taylor Proto, is looking forward to his first visit to the challenging 3.40-mile 11-turn historic road course.

“Watkins Glen International is a new track for me, but I’m excited to be taking the challenge for the upcoming race weekend,” Taylor Proto said. “We did well with our limited testing at COTA, so that gives me confidence we’ll follow that example at Watkins Glen. As I’m getting closer with the team my confidence just keeps growing. The team is super close and everyone here has a strong desire to get the best result we can. The season so far has been a blast as well. The environment with all the drivers and competitors made for a really fun weekend and I’m excited to be back in that at Watkins Glen this weekend.”

US RaceTronics’ veteran driver Brian Thienes also heads to Watkins Glen International leading the AM class in the No. 17 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills after a great drive through the entire field in Round 2 at Circuit of the Americas in May. With the knowledge of the track that he brings from last season, Thienes is confident that he can carry his momentum from COTA through this weekend’s event.

“I’m looking forward to returning to Watkins Glen again this year with US RaceTronics,” Thienes said. “We had really good results last year and I expect we will be able to continue the momentum we started last race at Circuit of the Americas. With the hard work and dedication of my crew at US RaceTronics we should be able to extend our lead in the AM class.”

The No. 88 Lamborghini of La Jolla entry’s driver Parris Mullins is looking forward to his first visit to Watkins Glen International.

“I’m very excited to race at iconic Watkins Glen for the first time,” Mullins said. “The track is legendary and until now I haven’t had the opportunity to race there, so I am really looking forward to the challenge.”

This will also be the first visit to Watkins Glen International for Mullins’ co-driver, Mark Proto.

“I’ve heard some incredible things about Watkins Glen and I’m really looking forward to turning my first lap at the famed road course. US RaceTronics is doing a great job with all three cars and I expect that will show up in our results this weekend.”

Team owner Shane Seneviratne is looking forward to this weekend’s event as well, but also took a moment to congratulate Steven Aghakani on his first win with the team.

“I’m really excited about the results that we were able to achieve with Steven (Aghakani) for his first race win with the team,” Seneviratne said. “Congratulations! All his hard work and training are paying off. It’ll be nice to have him join the team for this weekend’s event. I’m looking forward to the races at Watkins Glen and expect to build on the success that we had at COTA.”

The team takes the track for two practices on Thursday, June 29, 2017. Qualifying starts on Friday, June 30, 2017 at 9:35 a.m. EDT with Race 1 going green at 4:50 p.m. that afternoon. Race 2 of the weekend begins at 5:10 p.m. EDT on Saturday, July 1, 2017. Both races will be streamed live at http://www.motortrendondemand.com/watch-live/, http://squadracorse.lamborghini.com/en-en/live-streaming, and http://imsatv.imsa.com/.

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                                                                                 Photos Courtesy of Daniel Schenkelberg
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