***A 20-car grid is set for this weekend’s pair of Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America races, in the final event on U.S. soil this year prior to the Rounds 11 and 12 in Imola, which is followed by the World Final later that weekend in November.
***Ashley Freiberg, who currently sits third in the Pro class championship, is not racing this weekend, with her DAC Racing entry being driven solo by Brandon Gdovic. “Unfortunately the sponsorship side of things make racing a challenge,” Freiberg said on Twitter. “My heart will always be behind the wheel of a race car. I’ll be back.”
***While having been notified by the team earlier this week, Freiberg has still made the trip to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with the hope of securing opportunities for later this season and into next year.
***In another change for the weekend, Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge competitor Cameron Cassels has joined Alex Popow in the No. 10 Prestige Performance Performance Lamborghini Huracan LP 620-2 Super Trofeo, with William Hubbell in the team’s No. 11 entry, which is competing in the Am class.
***After missing Road America, Pippa Mann and Shea Holbrook are back in the No. 57 Prestige car, thanks to backing from Driven2SaveLives. The campaign to promote organ, tissue and eye donation and transplantation honors the late Justin Wilson and Bryan Clauson, who were both teammates of Mann in IndyCar.
***As registered donors, both Wilson and Clauson saved five lives each through organ donations. “While Justin and Bryan are known for their driving exploits, their decisions to register as donors and save the lives of others will forever be part of their legacies” said Mann. “I’m deeply honored to have this opportunity to remember and to represent my former teammates.”
***Trent Hindman put the No. 1 Prestige Lamborghini on pole for the first race this weekend, lapping at 1:24.495 in the car he’ll share with co-points leader Riccardo Agonstini. Click Here for the Race 1 qualifying results.
***Pro-Am competitor Austin Versteeg, who is coming off his breakthrough first overall win at Virginia International Raceway, claimed overall pole for Race 2, with Gdovic was the quickest Pro class competitor. Click Here for the qualifying results for Race 2.
***The new Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO, which was revealed on Wednesday, is expected to be available to customers early next year, according to Chris Ward, Senior Manager, Motorsport for Automobili Lamborghini America. It features significant aero-related updates that has made the world’s fastest single-make car even quicker, with a 1.5-second per lap improvement over the current generation car at Monza.
***While all Super Trofeo competitors will be required to run the EVO next year, existing cars can be upgraded to the new specification. Pricing for the upgrade kit has not yet been released but is understood to be less than $50,000.
***The Super Trofeo EVO is expected to be unveiled on the grid during Sunday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race.
***Check out Andy Blackmore’s spotters guide for this weekend’s pair of races. Click Here to download the guide, which also includes cars competing in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, which is also competing at Laguna Seca.
***Watch Round 9 live on IMSA.tv Saturday at 1:10 p.m. EDT, while Round 10 gets underway Sunday at 2:15 p.m.. EDT. Tape delayed coverage from the event will air on CBS Sports Network on Sun., Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. EDT.