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Taurino, Francis Jr. Win Race 2 at The Glen

TR3 Racing coverts pole to a win in yellow-filled Race 2 at Watkins Glen International…

Photo: Jamey Price/Lamborghini

Ernie Francis Jr. and Giano Taurino survived a safety car-impacted Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Race 2 at Watkins Glen International to convert pole position into their second win of the season for TR3 Racing.

Francis Jr. paced the 36-car field at the start of the 50-minute contest, opening up a gap to Nico Jamin and Ryan Norman behind after an early restart.

Taurino maintained his co-driver’s advantage after the race’s mandatory round of pit stops and a late restart to take the checkered flag behind the safety car aboard the No. 88 TR3 Racing Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO2 over reigning series champion Danny Formal.

Kiko Porto claimed the final overall podium position with ANSA Motorsports co-driver Jamin, finishing just ahead of the No. 66 Forty7 Motorsports machine of AJ Muss and Joel Miller.

The Forty7 duo recovered from a pre-race grid penalty and a late-race time penalty for a short pit stop to take the Pro-Am win ahead of class runner-up Nate Stacy who rounded out the overall top-five for Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti.

Multiple Pro-Am front-runners fought back from five-spot grid penalties applied at the beginning of the race after Muss’s No. 66 Forty7, the No. 21 TPC Racing, and No. 14 Flying Lizard Motorsports Lamborghinis all fell out of single-file order behind the safety car at the end of yesterday’s Race 1.

Anthony Bullock took the Am win for One Motorsports, over Race 1 class winner Dominic Starkweather’s No. 47 Precision Performance Motorsports entry.

Nick Groat swept the weekend in LB Cup, leading the class from flag-to-flag in his No. 57 One Motorsports Lamborghini from Auto Technic Racing’s Mark Brummond behind.

As was the case in Race 1, the yellow came out on the opening lap for an incident at Turn 6 when Michael Staab’s No. 48 solo-driven PPM Lamborghini collided with the No. 13 Forte Racing entry of Ofir Levy, retiring both cars from the race.

The field fell under yellow again as the pit window closed when Tim Pappas’s No. 54 Flying Lizard machine collided with Jake Walker who had already spun his Pro-Am leading No. 77 Forty7 Lamborghini at the entrance of Turn 2.

The race ultimately ended under yellow when Andre Lagartixa was left stranded on track after late-race contact stalled his No. 25 Alliance Racing machine.


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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