The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America series will start an exciting new era as its 2015 season gets underway with the first two rounds May 1-3 at scenic Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The North American series, in its third season, will debut various changes at the event. The biggest is the introduction of the new Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo car.
ENTRY LIST: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
For the first time, the series is divided into two classes – one featuring the new Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo car and the other featuring the Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo. After each race, there will be a podium for each class for Pro, Pro-Am and Amateur drivers.
This season will see the largest grids in Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America history, with a mix of returning and new drivers. A record field of 22 Lamborghinis will take on the 11-turn, 2.238-mile circuit that includes the “Corkscrew,” one of the most famous corner complexes in racing.
The returning field is led by returning two-time Pro Driver Champion and 2014 Pro-Am World Final Champion Kevin Conway with Prestige Performance. Formula One and FIA GT Championship veteran Enrique Bernoldi will co-drive with Conway in the new Huracán. Conway won two rounds last season en route to the North American title.
Also racing in the Huracán class is series veteran Tom O’Gara with his new team, O’Gara Motorsports, which will field five entries. Among the drivers competing for O’Gara include actor-racer Frankie Muniz and Canadian brothers Damon and Ryan Ockey.
Corey Lewis joins the Huracán class for a full season with Change Racing. Lewis and 2014 co-driver Aaron Povoledo won three of the last four rounds last season.
Povoledo has a new co-driver this season, series veteran Joe Courtney, in the No. 77 Musante Courtney Racing Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2.
STR, formerly Jota Corse Racing, will continue its presence in the series, fielding three cars between the two classes. Park Place Motorsports will make its debut with series newcomers and father-son duo Jim and Josh Norman.
AVID Motorsports will field one entry, with Nicholas Dickson co-driving with Angel Benitez Jr. Benitez, from Venezuela, is no stranger to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, having raced there the last three seasons in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA series. This will be Benitez’s debut in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America.
Mitchum Motorsports, the reigning Team Champions, will compete for another title with four entries in the Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo class. The team’s drivers will include Dylan Murcott, who made his series debut last year in the season finale at Road Atlanta, Brandon Gdovic and Bryan Hixon.
There will be two 50-minute sprint races at Laguna Seca. Round 1 will start at 9:40 a.m. (PT) Saturday, May 2, with Round 2 at 10:15 a.m. Sunday, May 3. Two practices will take place Friday, May 1, with qualifying at 8 a.m. Saturday.
As part of a new partnership with Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Torque.TV) both races will be live streamed on four platforms: squadracorse.lamborghini.com/en/live-usa, imsa.tv, torque.tv and radiolemans.com. Tape-delayed coverage of each event will air on CBS Sports Network in primetime on Wednesdays or weekends. The coverage will feature live commentary on both the broadcast and live streams.
The partnership is a big step forward for the series as it expands its coverage in its third season. Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America also has a dedicated page on Sportscar365.com, with in-depth coverage of the series, teams and drivers.
The Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo adopts the V10 direct injection engine mounted on the road car, managed by a Motec control unit that delivers a maximum output of 620 horsepower. The frame is a hybrid carbon/aluminum construction with modified geometries to house an improved radiator up front and better accommodate the racing gearbox at the rear, which also provides better aerodynamics. One of the biggest changes from the four-wheel-drive Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo is the adoption of rear-wheel drive.
The 570-horsepower, V10 Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo features impressive technology such as paddle shift E-gear transmission, Öhlins race shocks, Brembo brakes, a carbon fiber aerodynamic package that includes a rear wing with 10 adjustable positions, MTA data acquisition, air jacks, center wheel locks and more.
The 2015 season will feature 12 rounds at six iconic circuits. All drivers will race for a spot in the World Final, Nov. 19-20 at Sebring International Raceway, where the Super Trofeo North America, Europe and Asia series will converge to battle for the right to be a world champion.
Lamborghini and its dealers entertain VIP guests at every Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America in the Lamborghini and Blancpain Village, which features lavish hospitality and amenities.
The Lamborghini Huracán GT3 race car, which races in the 2015 Blancpain Endurance Series in Europe, will be on display in North America for the first time in the Lamborghini and Blancpain Village at Laguna Seca.
Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America – 2015 Calendar
1-3 May Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
26-28 June Watkins Glen International
21-23 August Virginia International Raceway
17-19 September Circuit of the Americas
1-3 October Road Atlanta
19-20 November Sebring International Raceway
21-22 November Sebring International Raceway (USA)