US RaceTronics will return to the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American series with an expanded four-car effort, the team has confirmed ahead of this weekend’s season-opener at Mid-Ohio.
Reigning North American and World Champion Pro-Am drivers Edoardo Piscopo and Taylor Proto return in the No. 50 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills Pro entry.
The 2016 North American Am Champion Damon Ockey, meanwhile, returns to the team after a year away from racing in the No. 09 Lamborghini of Calgary entry.
Brian Thienes, who finished last season third in the Am Championship, returns in the No. 17 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills.
Mark Proto and Parris Mullins, meanwhile, round out the team in the No. 88 Lamborghini of La Jolla competing in the LB Cup class.
“I’m very excited to be part of Lamborghini Super Trofeo again,” Piscopo said. “Mid-Ohio is where I did my racing debut, my very first race of my career with Formula BMW USA.
“I remember that I scored a pole position and finished second, so I hope I can improve from that.”
Second-year driver Proto is moving up to Pro class this season after his impressive rookie season in the series.
Proto has been busy since the World Finals in November including time spent honing his skills in the Lamborghini Middle East Series.
“I’m happy to be returning to the North American Super Trofeo series,” he said. “I’m looking forward to further developing this season and cutting my teeth with the rest of the Pro field.
“I feel like my off-season in the Middle East will prove to be a great help for me going into this year’s challenge.”
After finishing third in 2017, Thienes also has high expectations for the coming season.
“The team has done such a great job preparing for the new racing season and I expect good results this year,” he said. “I am looking forward to working with the team again this year.”
Ockey added: “After taking a year off from racing I am looking forward to the season start at Mid-Ohio.
“The team has done a great job getting the new Evo car prepped and dialed in. I’ve had some preseason seat time which has helped me get back into shape and I’m confident we’ll have a good season.”
Team owner Shane Seneviratne is excited about the new Super Trofeo Evo car and the team’s expansion to four cars this season.
“We had such great results last year with Edo and Taylor winning both the North American championship and the World Finals in Pro-Am,” he said.
“Taylor’s skill level at the end of the season was impressive. I’m proud of the job he and all our drivers and crew did last year.
“Brian had a bit of bad luck in Italy, but still finished third in the North American AM championship and having two out of three cars finish in the top three in their respective categories is definitely something to be proud of.
“I’m excited to have all the 2017 drivers returning, as well as having Damon back on our team. I think our mix of drivers and crew give us an excellent chance of surpassing last season’s successes.”