Reigning IMSA Prototype champion Eric Curran says he’s enjoying his introduction to Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America competition this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park where he’s driving alongside William Hubbell in a Pro-Am entry for Prestige Performance/WTR.
Curran, who has stepped into a Michelin Endurance Cup role with Whelen Engineering Racing in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship this year, was targeting a lighter racing schedule for 2019 but said he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to give Super Trofeo a try.
“I had been working with William Hubbell for a couple of years in driver coaching as he’s been running in different series around the country,” Curran told Sportscar365.
“He wanted to get into something a little more professional and last year he dabbled in the Super Trofeo series with the Wayne Taylor group, and this year he decided to run the full season.
“He wants me to do the full season but it doesn’t really work schedule-wise and it’s the opposite of what I was thinking 2019 would be, but I keep having more and more opportunities come up to drive more and more stuff.
“So we’re here at Barber, it’s the first race, I’ve never been in one of these cars before. The Super Trofeo Lamborghini is a blast.
“It’s fun to drive, the car is quick, I just need a little more seat time in it. With two races this weekend, it’s going to be a blast.”
Curran said he’s not sure how many races he’ll be able to do with his existing schedule, but mentioned that he is targeting participating in the Lamborghini World Final with the team, which will be held this year at Jerez.
As for his first impressions of the car, Curran said slipping into the Lamborghini feels like going back to his GT racing roots.
“It’s kind of similar to the old World Challenge Whelen Corvettes were like back in the day,” he said. “It’s got anti-lock brakes, it’s got traction control, it’s got 600-some horsepower. It works really well.
“I didn’t know what to expect jumping in, and it’s not Cadillac prototype, but it does a really good job. The series has done a great job of gettin this whole thing going with close to 20 cars here this weekend. It’s pretty competitive.
“I grew up racing more GT cars than I did prototypes so this is going back a little bit and in a way it’s fairly easy to jump back into one of these.
“It’s a less stressful weekend where I can just relax, work with William, and have some fun.”