Ex-Formula One driver Enrico Bertaggia has become a team owner, with the Italian launching Dream Racing Competition for an ambitious multi-platform program that will include a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 entry in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The Las Vegas-based organization, which has operated a successful exotic car driving experience at Las Vegas Motor Speedway since 2012, will expand into motorsports with planned entries in both the WeatherTech Championship and Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America this year.
Bertaggia confirmed to Sportscar365 that Larry DeGeorge and newly confirmed Lamborghini GT3 Junior Driver Cedric Sbirrazzuoli will pilot the team’s Huracan GT3 for the remainder of the GT Daytona season, beginning with next month’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
Lamborghini factory driver Fabio Babini and FIA World Endurance Championship veteran Paolo Ruberti are expected to join the newly formed motorsports operation for the long-distance races.
Additionally, the team plans to field up to six Huracan LP 620-2 Super Trofeos in the popular single-make championship, which kicks off at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in May. Drivers have yet to be announced for that effort.
Former Sierra Sierra Enterprises Atlantic crew chief Alaric Edscorn has been named team manager for the program, which Bertaggia says is being run entirely in-house and not with the assistance of any other team.
Bertaggia said the delivery date of its Huracan GT3, which it received nearly three weeks ago, prevented them from making their debut in the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.
“The decision was made by us a little late,” Bertaggia told Sportscar365. “If we went to Daytona, I wouldn’t go there to spend a couple of days [with no solid result].
“It was better to prepare everything for Sebring. But to be honest with you, it’s not a piece of cake. The preparation for the championship will take a lot of energy and the level of the championship is very high.
“For me, I’d start from Laguna Seca but sometimes you’re forced to start because the perfection would take more time.”
The team will be present at next week’s IMSA-sanctioned test at Sebring, with Bertaggia committing to a minimum two-year program with the Huracan GT3.
The latest addition to the WeatherTech Championship paddock is unrelated to Thursday’s news of O’Gara Motorsport ceasing operations.