***Richard Antinucci and Cedric Sbirrazzuoli claimed poles for this weekend’s Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America races at Watkins Glen International, in a pair of action-packed qualifying sessions on Friday morning.
***Antinucci took his No. 29 Change Racing Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO to a best time of 1:45.039, edging out Conor Daly in the No. 46 PPM Lamborghini by 0.196 seconds. Sbirrazzuoli’s lap, meanwhile, was slightly slower than Antinucci.
***Pro-Am pole honors went to Jacob Eidson (Race 1) and Bruno Junqueira (Race 2), with Steven Aghakhani, in his series debut, claiming the Am class pole for Race 1 and McKay Snow set to start first in class in Race 2. Ashton Harrison and Mel Johnson, meanwhile, picked up LB Cup class poles.
***Antinucci and and co-driver Corey Lewis head into the weekend with a three-point lead over PPM’s Daly and Brandon Gdovic in the Pro drivers’ championship following the opening rounds of the season at Barber Motorsports Park in April.
***A rules change in the way points are scored have resulted in the Barber points being retroactively adjusted by series officials.
***Previously, cars would only score points if they complete 70 percent of the overall race winner’s distance and take the checkered flag. The series has now adopted IMSA’s standard system of points being scored once the car leaves the pits for the formation lap.
***Chris Ward, Senior Manager, Motorsport for Automobili Lamborghini America, sees it as a “really positive” change that is also being considered for the other Super Trofeo regions for 2020.
“I feel as a customer-orientated race series that’s supporting customers throughout the championship year is the right thing to do,” Ward told Sportscar365. “The example of having a really bad race weekend at Barber and not scoring any points lacks the motivation to turn up for Round 2.”
***Ward expects additional entries for the next Super Trofeo round at Road America in August, with the return of Brett Meredith as well as the likely addition of two Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA competitors that could pull double duty over the weekend.
***Ron Atapattu, who is competing in a LB Cup class entry from US Racetronics, has launched an elephant conservation awareness program through his eTeaRacing effort. The Sir Lankan, who previously raced Lamborghini Diablos in the 1990s, held a press conference Friday to outline the initiative.
***Gary Cummings has joined Prestige Performance/Wayne Taylor Racing this weekend in an operations role. The former P1 Motorsports team manager told Sportscar365 that he’s hopeful of taking a longer-term role with the team, which could field a sixth Lamborghini Hurcan Super Trofeo EVO for Road America.
***The Rolex 24 at Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring GT Daytona class-winning Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo is on display in the Lamborghini Village this weekend. The Austrian team has elected to forgo this weekend’s IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup round for logistical reasons related to the build-up towards its assault on the Total 24 Hours of Spa.
***Race 1 for Super Trofeo competitors gets underway Friday at 4:25 p.m. ET, with Race 2 on Saturday at 10:25 a.m. ET, with live coverage on IMSA.tv. NBCSN will air tape-delated coverage on July 10 at 6 p.m.