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Harrison “Totally On Board” in Super Trofeo Return With Doyle

Harrison feels “prepared” for more GT3 competition, but remains focused on her Super Trofeo return…

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Ashton Harrison says she was “totally on board” for a return to Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America competition with Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti alongside her mentorship and testing roles with the team this year.

As a Super Trofeo veteran and a WTRAndretti team regular, Harrison will be supporting Doyle’s step up to the single-make series’ Am class as his co-driver and mentoring his Endurance Cup duties in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

“I was there to support Graham and the guys at Sebring when he took his first race for the season. I just was helping as much as I can,” Harrison told Sportscar365.

“He’s learning very quickly. Being over here with this WTRAndretti group has been a big asset for him and myself as well.

“So when the opportunity came up of potentially finishing the season with him, I was obviously totally on board because I love Super Trofeo and I’ve missed driving these things.”

While Harrison hasn’t competed in Super Trofeo machinery since 2022, she enjoyed a successful four-year stint in the series up to that point and expressed excitement about being back in the paddock.

“It’s been over two years and I immediately was like, ‘Oh yeah, I’ve missed driving these things because they’re just such a beast.’ But it’s been going well,” she said.

“I really enjoyed my four years I had before I came back this year, so I was ecstatic. Whenever the opportunity came up, I was on board immediately.”

“I haven’t gotten a whole lot of laps because we’ve just been prioritizing the balance of the car and getting everyone up to speed.

“But I still feel confident in the car and being able to put together what we need to do to have a successful weekend.”

Testing Program Has Harrison Ready to “Jump Back In” Should GTD Drive Materialize

The 30-year-old Silver-rated driver has also been completing her own GT3 testing program with WTRAndretti, aiding the team’s single-car GTD effort in the WeatherTech Championship.

Harrison feels that her continued seat time in the team’s Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO2 has kept her prepared should she be asked to get behind the wheel of GT3 machinery in the near future.

“The goal was to have a season of testing, and that’s still in the plans of what we’re doing,” Harrison said.

“Driving GT3, it requires you to be able to have a lot of seat time to stay on top of it and constantly developing to get better.

“I’m just thankful for the time that I do get behind the wheel and WTRAndretti has been great to give me that and keep me intertwined with all of it.

“I always joke with them that I’m ready. Like if any of the guys got a slight cough or anything’s wrong, I’m ready to jump in. The whole idea is if an opportunity comes up, I’m prepared for it and they help me with that.”

Harrison is no stranger to GT3 competition, with her efforts in the production-based race cars including numerous starts in the WeatherTech Championship to accompany her 2022 Fantastic GT World Challenge America powered by AWS Pro-Am title with Mario Farnbacher.

Most recently, Harrison and Doyle teamed up with Danny Formal and Kyle Marcelli in WTRAndretti’s GTD class entry in January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.

“The four of us work really great together and we had a great relationship at the Rolex and being able to support Dex Imaging has been awesome as well,” said Harrison.

WTRAndretti Vice President and team manager Travis Houge previous indicated the possibility of a second WTRAndretti GTD car built around Harrison, though no official plans have been confirmed.

“There’s always talk, but we’ll see where we’re it plays out,” said Harrison.

“Obviously I would I would love to continue to work with Graham, but right now the focus is on the [Super Trofeo] Am championship with him and continuing to help him grow and develop.

“I do miss driving the GT3 car. I’m thankful that I do get a lot of test days with it and the team is constantly working with me, so I’m just thankful any opportunity right now and taking them as they come.

“But at the end of the day, I’m here for both programs, the GTD and the Super Trofeo, so I’ll drive whatever I sit fit in.”

Jonathan Grace is the host of Sportscar365's Double Stint Podcast and a contributor to the web site's IMSA-sanctioned race coverage.

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