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Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Crowns New 2024 Winners at Watkins Glen

25 June 2024

Ten Drivers in Six Cars Record Their First Victories of the Season

Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America visited the historic Watkins Glen International road course for the third round of the 2024 season over the weekend. As usual, the racing was intense in the pair of 50-minute races, with 10 different drivers in six entries tasting victory for the first time this year.

In the Pro class, Danny Formal and Ryan Norman won Friday’s Race 1 in the No. 1 Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti, Lamborghini Palm Beach Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO2. It was their first triumph of the season as Formal seeks his third consecutive Pro championship – the first two coming with former co-driver Kyle Marcelli. It was also the 19th Pro class win for Formal, an unofficial series record.

Ernie Francis Jr. and Giano Taurino, co-drivers of the No. 88 TR3 Racing, Lamborghini Miami Huracán, captured the Pro class victory in Race 2 on Saturday for their second win of the season. The results of the weekend left a logjam at the top of the Pro championship, with Nico Jamin and Kiko Porto (No. 4 Ansa Motorsports, Lamborghini Broward Huracán) just two points ahead of Francis and Taurino, and 10 points up on Formal and Norman.

The ProAm class featured first-time 2024 winners in both races. Shehan Chandrasoma and Nikko Reger won Race 1 in the No. 21 TPC Racing, Lamborghini Austin Huracán, while AJ Muss and Joel Miller took top class honors in Race 2 in the No. 66 Forty7 Motorsports, Lamborghini Philadelphia Huracán. By finishing fourth in both ProAm races at the Glen, Andy Lee and Slade Stewart (No. 14 Flying Lizard Motorsports, Lamborghini Newport Beach Huracán) snatched the class lead from their Flying Lizard teammates, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Tim Pappas (No. 54 Lamborghini Newport Beach Huracán).

The Am class saw two solo drivers each collect his first win of the season. Dominic Starkweather won Race 1 in the No. 47 Precision Performance Motorsports, Lamborghini Palm Beach Huracán. Anthony Bullock earned his maiden series win in Race 2 in the No. 12 One Motorsports, Lamborghini Newport Beach Huracán. Starkweather took the Am class points lead, 10 better than reigning Am champions Anthony McIntosh and Glenn McGee (No. 69 Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti, Lamborghini Palm Beach Huracán).

LB Cup was the only class to see one driver/team combination win both races at Watkins Glen. Nick Groat won on Friday and Saturday – the first victories of his Super Trofeo career – to also vault him into the LB Cup championship lead, 12 points ahead of Jon Hirshberg (No. 86 Forte Racing, Lamborghini Rancho Mirage Huracán).

This marks the halfway point of the six-round, 12-race season. Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America returns to racing August 30-September 1 at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas.

Driver Quotes:

Danny Formal, No. 1 Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti, Lamborghini Palm Beach Huracán (Race 1 winner, Pro class): “All my wins have come with WTRAndrett. I’m so grateful to get my 19th (Pro) win here with Ryan Norman.”

Ryan Norman, No. 1 Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti, Lamborghini Palm Beach Huracán (Race 1 winner, Pro class): “It’s just a big weight off our shoulders, honestly. We struggled in the first couple rounds a little bit, but big shout-out to everyone at Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti. They kept their heads down and the results are showing.”

Giano Taurino, No. 88 TR3 Racing, Lamborghini Miami Huracán (Race 2 winner, Pro class): “It was very big for us and the team; it gave us amazing points. I’m just thankful. I’m super grateful for the opportunity we’ve had to come out and race here.”

Ernie Francis Jr., No. 88 TR3 Racing, Lamborghini Miami Huracán (Race 2 winner, Pro class): “I’ve got a great teammate right here; this guy is awesome. We push each other every single race weekend. … If we can keep having weekends like this, we’ll be golden.”

Nikko Reger, No. 21 TPC Racing, Lamborghini Austin Huracán (Race 1 winner, ProAm class): “Man, that was a brawl out there. We saw that the (No.) 14 had a little penalty from the pit stop so we tried to be really close to them coming across the start/finish line. We ran a clean race, a good race. Little bit of contact here and there, but after that brawl I’m glad that we came out on top.”

Shehan Chandrasoma, No. 21 TPC Racing, Lamborghini Austin Huracán (Race 1 winner, ProAm class): “It’s definitely a great feeling. Back to first place again, P3 overall. Yeah, a great feeling.”

AJ Muss, No. 66 Forty7 Motorsports, Lamborghini Philadelphia Huracán (Race 2 winner, ProAm class): “It’s an honor to be here and an honor to race. I have a great teammate. We worked a little bit together last year as more of a driver/coach (relationship) because he was with another guy, but we work really well together and I look up to Joel a lot. To get my first win with him is a cool experience.”

Joel Miller, No. 66 Forty7 Motorsports, Lamborghini Philadelphia Huracán (Race 2 winner, ProAm class): “To be on top of the podium feels great. We made some moves early and got a couple spots, and that just set us up for the right time. This was a timing thing today with all the yellows.”

Dominic Starkweather, No. 47 Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti, Lamborghini Palm Beach Huracán (Race 1 winner, Am class): “The first half was hard but we just stayed true and ran clean laps and avoided penalties, avoided contact. We didn’t know we were going to win until it was over, really. The car was going away at the end, it was getting hard to drive, but we’re pretty happy with it.”

Anthony Bullock, No. 12 One Motorsports, Lamborghini Newport Beach Huracán (Race 2 winner, Am class): “This is my first season in the series. To break through two events in, it’s exciting. I wasn’t expecting to have success this early on. I’ve got an amazing team behind me that’s been incredibly supportive, given me a great car. This is a real nice surprise because this is a really competitive Am group with some phenomenal drivers.”

Nick Groat, No. 57 One Motorsports, Lamborghini Newport Beach Huracán (Race 1 and Race 2 winner, LB Cup class): “Oh my god, this is amazing! Feels absolutely incredible. First season being here, putting in all the work and having it come together. So awesome! For the first season, first time being in any sort of racing like this, it can’t get any better than that.”

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