US RaceTronics heads to the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America season debut at Circuit of The Americas with a new lineup of drivers for their three entries.
2016 third-place Pro-Am finisher Brian Thienes will pilot a single-driver entry in the Am category, while 2015 LBST World Champion Edoardo Piscopo will co-drive the No. 50 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills Pro-Am entry with rookie Taylor Proto.
Mark Proto, Taylor’s father, and Parris Mullins round out the driver lineup in the No. 88 Lamborghini of La Jolla entry.
Thienes returns for his sophomore season with USRT after a successful 2016 campaign. He finished third in the Pro-Am points event after missing the two rounds at Virginia International Raceway when the races were a late add to the schedule and conflicted with his wedding.
He’s looking forward to competing in this year’s season behind the wheel of the No. 17 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills.
“I am honored to be a part of this team and looking forward to another year with US RaceTronics,” Thienes said. “Shane has put together a really strong team with talented mechanics and engineers this year.
“We had really good results in winter testing and expect great results next week at COTA. I am confident in saying that the team is without a doubt the strongest team I have ever been a part of. ”
2015 World Champion Piscopo returns representing Lamborghini of Beverly Hills where he is the dealership’s Brand Manager.
Piscopo has been successful behind the wheel of a Lamborghini in various different series and is looking forward to mentoring rookie Taylor Proto in 2017.
“After winning two pro titles and racing in Rolex 24 of Daytona with Lamborghini, I am proud to once more represent the brand on the track (as well as off the track as the Beverly Hills Brand Manager),” Piscopo said.
Proto will make his team debut this weekends. He expects to have fun while learning about the series and the car from his professional co-driver.
“I know I can learn a lot from Edo and can’t wait for the season to get started,” Proto said. “We’ve done a fair amount of preseason testing which has helped me to get comfortable with the car and to go fast.”
Brand Manager for Lamborghini of La Jolla, Parris Mullins, will also return to the track for the 2017 LBSTNA season. Mullins ran in the inaugural season with Tom O’Gara and is confident that he’ll be successful with a new co-driver and team.
“It’s exciting to be back driving in the series after running the inaugural season in 2013,” Mullins said. “US RaceTronics is a first-class team all the way and we have a great group of drivers, so this should be a great season for all of us.
Mark Proto joins Mullins as the co-driver of the No. 88 Lamborghini of La Jolla entry and expects a good rookie season after several productive preseason tests.
“My son (Taylor) and I are looking forward to being part of their team for the 2017 LBSTNA season.” Proto said. “We’ve already done enough testing to get well acquainted with the team as well as the car.”
Team owner Shane Seneviratne is happy with the team’s lineup for his three-car program and expects great results for all of the team’s entries.
“It’s great to have Brian back for a second straight season and I’m looking forward to working with Edoardo again,” Seneviratne said.
“I think that having the Brand Managers for both dealerships as well as the father and son pair of Mark and Taylor Proto participating in the full 2017 LBSTNA season will make for an exciting year.
“We’ve brought back some of last year’s crew and have added new crew members for a team that has already started to gel during preseason testing.
“I expect all three cars will be successful in their respective categories and can’t wait for us to get started.”