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Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway more than 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.  

Adam spent several years covering motorsports for Examiner.com., where he had the opportunity to see the racing world from behind the scenes as well as the grandstands. He invites everyone to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for all things racing with the readers of SpeedwayDigest.com.

Be sure to tune in for his sports talk program, Thursday Night Thunder, where he discusses the latest in motorsports news with drivers, crew members, and fans. The show takes place (almost) every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST on the Speedway Digest Radio Network. 

Contact Adam: Email  

  

 
By Jeff Olson
IMSA Wire Service
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Jimmie Johnson had so much fun racing at Watkins Glen International last year, he “LOL’d” while driving.
 
It wasn’t like his previous races at Watkins Glen. Instead of the NASCAR Cup Series car he piloted in his previous 19 races at the famous road course, last year Johnson was behind the wheel of a Cadillac DPi-V.R in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
 
“The years I spent driving cars, my senses and body understood a certain level of grip and speed and reference points for braking marks and on-throttle marks,” Johnson said. “When you just shatter everything you know, it just makes you laugh. Inside the car, I’m literally laughing. I’m like, ‘I cannot believe I just did that in a race car.’ That’s the part of the sport I’m really enjoying.”
 
Johnson returns this week for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen in the Daytona Prototype international (DPi) car, the No. 48 Ally Cadillac prepared by Action Express Racing. His first attempt in the car at WGI last year ended in fifth place.
 
“That was truly the eye-opening experience I had last year,” Johnson said. “I had six laps of practice before the race, and I was nowhere near pace. Then my stint toward the end of it, I think I had 20, 25 laps in the car, I was finally close on pace and ran my fastest lap on my in lap. I took 30 laps to finally find the aggression level.”
 
Adding to the adjustment is the use of four corners (Turns 6 through 9) for the IMSA races that NASCAR does not. The extra "Boot" section is a demanding, high-speed downhill/uphill run, and getting it right became part of the reason for Johnson’s joy.
 
“In one of these DPi Cadillacs, the pace and effort you have to drive around that racetrack is quite impressive, especially comparing it to my days in NASCAR," Johnson said. "Some of the braking zones, the Bus Stop and the Carousel, it’s just mind-blowing how fast these cars can travel through those tight little areas. (I’m) very excited to get back and have that experience once again.”
The seven-time Cup champion has expanded his experiences to the IndyCar Series and the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup races of the WeatherTech Championship since leaving NASCAR. Johnson will team with Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Rockenfeller in the No. 48 Ally Cadillac for the Sahlen’s Six Hours, which begins Sunday at 10:40 a.m. ET.
 
Johnson, Kobayashi, Rockenfeller and Jose Maria Lopez opened the WeatherTech Championship season with a fifth-place finish in DPi at the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Johnson had to miss the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts in March due to a conflict with the IndyCar schedule.
 
“Really excited to see Kamui and Mike – two great human beings and great guys to be around,” Johnson said. “All in all, I have a lot of excitement to come back to Watkins Glen. It’s a track and area that I really do enjoy. And to be on the track through the full loop – the Boot – I have not done that many times in all the trips that I’ve been there, so I’m excited to run the full-distance track.”
 
Johnson said he planned to spend time in the racing simulator on Wednesday to get reaccustomed to Watkins Glen, but nothing is like time in the actual race car. The more seat time in the DPi, Johnson says, the faster he gets.
 
“You can see that gap closing and I felt much more comfortable and competitive in the car,” Johnson said. “In a short race, a six-hour race, the importance of being on pace is even higher yet. I’m excited to get a few laps in practice, and I’m not sure I’ll get much more than that the way the practice sessions work out. Hopefully, the time I spend in the (simulator) actually will pay off, and I can get a step closer to the pace I want to run.”
 
One thing we know: He’ll be laughing, just as he did last year.
 
“I’m happy to be back in the race car and happy to be back with everybody at Action Express Racing,” Johnson said. “... It makes me feel like a kid again.”
 
The WeatherTech Championship schedule for The Glen features two practice sessions – late Friday afternoon and early Saturday morning – ahead of qualifying on Saturday afternoon (livestream at 1:15 p.m. ET on IMSA.com/TVLive).
 
Sunday’s race, the third of four legs of the Michelin Endurance Cup, streams live flag-to-flag on Peacock starting at 10:40 a.m., with USA Network picking up television coverage at 2 p.m. through the conclusion.
It’s one of the most popular technical specifications of sports cars to compete in an IMSA-sanctioned class, and it’ll keep competing in IMSA for the foreseeable future.
 
IMSA officials today confirmed the long-term extension of an agreement with the Stephane Ratel Organization (SRO) that could enable cars built to GT4 technical specifications to continue in IMSA through the 2028 season. Currently, GT4 cars are used in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Grand Sport (GS) class.
 
“The decision to incorporate GT4 into the Michelin Pilot Challenge GS class prior to the 2017 season continues to be a sound decision,” said IMSA President John Doonan. “Aside from the fields in some of the single-make series IMSA sanctions, the GS class routinely draws the largest fields at every race.
 
“It’s a tremendous customer racing platform that has been embraced by several manufacturers, at a price point that is attractive to many teams and drivers. We are pleased to work with Stephane Ratel and his team at SRO to continue to provide GT4 action to IMSA fans for many seasons to come.”
 
Eight different GT4 manufacturers, 37 different teams and 86 different drivers have competed in the GS class in at least one IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race. The GS class has averaged more than 28 cars per race through the first four races of the season.
 
"We are very pleased to confirm the long-term extension of our license agreement with IMSA for the GT4 category,” said SRO Motorsports Group Founder and CEO, Stephane Ratel. “According to the global survey we conduct each year, GT4 has now surpassed all other GT categories in terms of cars racing worldwide. This success is thanks to the many championships and series on multiple continents that have adopted this well-priced yet highly competitive formula. With this announcement, we can look forward to GT4 remaining an important part of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge in the Grand Sport class for many more years to come."
 
The next opportunity for race fans to see GT4 cars in action is Saturday, June 25, when the Michelin Pilot Challenge returns to Watkins Glen International for the two-hour Tioga Downs Casino Resort 120. The race will be streamed live on Peacock, with television coverage airing on USA Network at 3:30 p.m. ET on Friday, July 1.

Nico Rosberg, 2016 Formula One World Champion and CEO of Extreme E outfit Rosberg X Racing (RXR), finally stepped back into the race seat for an exclusive test drive in his team’s ODYSSEY 21 in Germany.

Following his Formula One title in 2016, Rosberg had vowed to quit racing and embarked on a career as a sustainability entrepreneur and investor. Since then, the 36-year-old has rarely been seen behind the steering wheel of a race car, though has taken to showing his audiences the Formula One tracks on his simulator. However, Rosberg has since decided to take RXR’s Extreme E ODYSSEY 21 for a spin on the Nürburgring Offroad Park near the team’s base in Neustadt, Germany.

Under close supervision from Team Principal, Kimmo Liimatainen, as well as RXR drivers Mikaela Åhlin-Kottulinsky and Johan Kristoffersson, Rosberg had a chance to get acquainted with the ODYSSEY 21 and the one-kilometre off-road track before undertaking his first-ever laps in an off-road car. 

 

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After an exhilarating time back behind the wheel, Rosberg said: “This was simply a phenomenal experience. I cannot believe the power of this car. Off-road driving is so much fun.

“Even though I have not been behind the wheel for a long time, I immediately was in my element. The muscle memory came back instantly and I simply enjoyed myself. Rally driving is an entirely different beast from circuit racing, though, and I have a newfound respect for Mikaela and Johan.”

While the test was just a fun exercise for Rosberg, serious business is about to begin again for RXR with just two weeks to go before the next Extreme E event, the Island X Prix double-header in Sardinia.

After being crowned inaugural Extreme E champions in 2021, the team started Season 2 in triumphant style with victory at the Desert X Prix in NEOM, Saudi Arabia.

 

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To learn more about Extreme E, visit - www.Extreme-E.com

The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) has partnered with Minti Labs to launch IMSA Fastlane, a digital fan engagement platform. The platform is designed to connect fans with their favorite teams, race cars and drivers in an entirely new way. IMSA Fastlane will offer community members the opportunity to own digital assets, showcase collections, unlock VIP experiences, and engage in social events. It will also host the only officially licensed marketplace for members to collect and trade video NFT highlights™ from IMSA’s iconic history.
 
Hero cards, die-cast replicas and driver autographs have historically been considered high-value items treasured by race fans and memorabilia collectors. However, as everything in the world has evolved, so have collectibles. Digital assets such as NFTs have recently become popular, and incredibly valuable. The IMSA Fastlane Marketplace™ will allow users to buy, sell and trade the digital collectibles produced by Minti Labs. Leaderboards will track collector stats and rank collections based on points. Future plans also include digital games, challenges and community events.
 
“The popularity of motorsport has seen incredible growth over the last several years due, in part, to digital initiatives like eSports. We see collectables as another digital initiative that can be paired with real-world experiences and provide exciting opportunities for our fans,” commented John Doonan, President of IMSA. “Our partnership with Minti Labs also provides us with the technical foundation to deliver additional value and benefits to our OEMs and partners as well.”
 
“Motorsport has always been a showcase for cutting-edge technology. IMSA Fastlane takes the same approach and is applying it to the fan experience,” said Paul Dube, co-founder and CEO at Minti Labs. “Digital platforms are reshaping how we think about fan and consumer engagement. It presents a powerful shift whereby the fan has a seat at the table simply by leveraging the limitless meta-utility associated with digital collecting and gaming. By doing so, the fan and league experience evolves into a mutually benefiting and dynamic relationship."
 
Joining the IMSA Fastlane community is easy. First, sign up for the waitlist to reserve your place in line at www.imsafastlane.com. As we approach the launch date, waitlist subscribers will be invited to join the platform in the order they sign up. This means the sooner you apply to join, the sooner you can access the platform. The platform is expected to go live in the upcoming weeks. The first series of digital assets and experiences will be released midseason. Early community members will gain exclusive access, receive special promotions and qualify to win unique track-side experiences.
 
Visit www.imsafastlane.com to receive updates, news and product info.

The 61st Anniversary Rolex 24 At DAYTONA weekend is set for next January 26-29, 2023, and for fans who attend, they will see history in the making with the return of the iconic IMSA GTP class, which features new hybrid prototypes from a variety of different manufacturers.

 

In addition, garage access will now be included for all 2-day infield and single-day customers, enhancing the experience for guests by providing close access to the incredible cars and teams as they prepare for North America’s most prestigious sports car race. The iconic event, which is the ultimate test of endurance, speed and skill for world-class competition and at the World Center of Racing, will be held on Jan. 28-29 at Daytona International Speedway to open the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

 

It will be the first race for the new GTP class, hearkening back to a highly successful era of IMSA prototype racing in the 1980s and 1990s. Four manufacturers – Acura, BMW, Cadillac and Porsche – have already confirmed plans to field new hybrid-powered prototypes in the GTP class next season, with Lamborghini joining the fray in 2024.

 

As part of a historic convergence agreement between IMSA and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) – which organizes the annual 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA World Endurance Championship – the new generation of prototypes will be eligible to compete for overall victories all over the world, from Daytona to Le Mans and beyond.

 

“The 2023 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA begins a new tradition with state-of-the-art new prototype race cars and brings back an old one with the GTP class,” said Daytona International Speedway President Frank Kelleher. “It will be a continuation of the rich legacy here at The World Center of Racing. We are also thrilled to offer the up-close, garage access that we know fans from around the globe will enjoy.”

 

The Rolex 24 At DAYTONA will also showcase pre-race grid access, the popular ferris wheel and fireworks, autograph sessions, live entertainment and displays from the top manufacturers.

 

Practice sessions in all classes kick off the Rolex 24 At DAYTONA week on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 26-27. In addition, Friday’s slate will see the four-hour BMW M Endurance Challenge to open the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season. The storied “twice-around-the-clock” Rolex 24 At DAYTONA gets the green flag on Saturday, Jan. 28.

 

Fans who attended the 2022 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA can log into their account to renew their experience now. The ’23 event will go on-sale to the general public in August. For information, fans can click here or call 1-800-PITSHOP. For all other information on the Rolex 24, click here.

 

The track will host back-to-back racing weekends with the annual Roar Before the Rolex 24 test sessions on Jan. 20-22 (Friday-Sunday). Scout Days, a longtime tradition during the Roar Before the Rolex 24, is set during the weekend.

 

The NASCAR Foundation will host the 13th Annual ‘Taste of the 24’ in the Midway Suites at Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, January 28th at 6 PM. Tickets for the exclusive food and beverage celebration, one of the premier kick-off activities of the 2023 motorsports season, will go on sale Wednesday, June 29.

 

The inaugural Rolex 24 was a three-hour event in 1962, initially known as the Daytona Continental, with Hall of Famer Dan Gurney taking the checkered flag. Held on Daytona’s world-famous 3.56-mile road course, the event is renowned for annually attracting many of the world’s finest race car drivers – from various racing disciplines – to make history against the world’s best sports car racers.

 

Historically, drivers from NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula 1 and the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) have joined forces for the chance to win the coveted Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona. Meyer Shank Racing’s No. 60 Acura quartet of Helio Castroneves, Tom Blomqvist, Oliver Jarvis and Simon Pagenaud are the reigning Rolex 24 At DAYTONA Overall Champions.

 

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, as well as the all-new NASCAR Tracks App, for the latest speedway news.

By Jeff Olson
IMSA Wire Service
 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Oliver Jarvis really likes Watkins Glen International. Really likes it.
 
And with good reason. He won the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen in 2021, holds the current track record for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and is among the favorites to win the 2022 version of the race Sunday at WGI.
 
“Watkins is definitely one of my favorite tracks on the calendar,” Jarvis said. “It’s probably one of everybody’s favorite tracks. It’s just so enjoyable to drive. High speed, high commitment, plenty of grip. As a driver, you can really attack.”
 
He’s right about everybody’s favorite part. Ricky Taylor, who won the race in 2011, also holds the historic circuit in high esteem, even if the victories haven’t been there as often as he’d like.
 
“The Six Hours has always eluded us, despite the car being very strong and very fast there,” Taylor said. “It’s a hard race. It’s quite a grueling one for the drivers and cars.” 
 
Jarvis won the race last year with Mazda Motorsports, which discontinued its DPi program at the end of the season. He landed with the No. 60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05 and co-driver Tom Blomqvist. Together, they’re leading the standings in the Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class over Taylor and his co-driver, Filipe Albuquerque.
 
Jarvis knows how good his current car can be at Watkins Glen. He and Mazda co-drivers Harry Tincknell and Jonathan Bomarito finished just 0.965 seconds ahead of the No. 60 MSR Acura, then driven by Dane Cameron and Olivier Pla, in last year’s Six Hours.
 
“I know they’ve got a good package, which fills us with confidence going into the weekend,” Jarvis said. “... I think we’re in good shape for the weekend ahead, but as we know, IMSA is so competitive this year. I think we’re going to have our hands full.”
 
He’ll likely have his hands full with Taylor and Albuquerque, whose No. 10 Konica Minolta Wayne Taylor Racing Acura has won at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course so far this season.
 
The six-hour format is unique in the WeatherTech Championship, which also features 10-, 12- and 24-hour races along with two-hour, 40-minute sprint races. As reliable as modern equipment is, a six-hour race is closer to a sprint race than the longer endurance races.
 
“Strategically it’s a bit of an odd distance,” Taylor said. “It’s not like a long endurance race where you just kind of settle in for the first bit and then preserve the car for the end. It’s essentially one of those that’s flat out the whole way through. Mentally and physically, it becomes quite grueling at the end.”
 
Just 10 points separate Jarvis and Blomqvist from Taylor and Albuquerque. The two Acuras are constantly in close proximity. 
 
“Whatever we seem to do with our car, we just can’t seem to get rid of the (No.) 10,” Jarvis said. “... You can set the best lap of your life and still be just two-hundredths quicker than the (No.) 10, or two-hundredths slower. It’s great. We’re really going head-to-head, but it’s amazing how close the two cars have been throughout the year.”
 
WeatherTech Championship practice begins Friday, with qualifying the following afternoon. Peacock’s live, flag-to-flag coverage of the race begins at 10:35 a.m. ET Sunday. USA Network picks up the live TV coverage at 2 p.m.
Defending Championship Off-Road Pro 2 champion Keegan Kincaid will look to surge back to the front of the field with a return to his hometown Crandon International Raceway this weekend for the return of the Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run. Kincaid, a past winner in numerous Crandon events across multiple classes, will do battle three times over the weekend: once each in Pro 2 on Saturday and Sunday, and again in the Pro 2 vs. Pro 4 Forest County Potawatomi Community Cup race that caps off the weekend on Sunday afternoon.
 
“We’ve been waiting impatiently to get back on the track this weekend at Crandon ever since we left Antigo,” said Kincaid. “Our results in the opening event didn’t reflect what this team is capable of, and I can’t think of a better place to prove it than getting back to my hometown track. We’re focused on getting ourselves into the championship hunt this weekend, and if everything goes as planned, we’re planning on adding some more trophies to the trophy case when all is said and done.”
 
After sweeping last year’s opening event at Antigo Lions Roaring Raceway, Kincaid entered the 2022 COR opener refreshed and looking for more of the same. Unfortunately, rotten luck plagued the #4 team throughout the weekend, keeping Kincaid off of the podium on both days and relegating him to 12th in the standings coming into the weekend.
 
Fortunately for Kincaid, his last visit to Crandon couldn’t have been more magical. In last September’s World Championship races, he snuck back into the Pro 2 points lead with a victory to claim the title by a single point, before holding off the Pro 4s in the premier World Cup race to cap off the season with another victory.
 
To purchase your tickets to the 29th Forest County Potawatomi Brush Run and watch Keegan race, click here. Pro 2s will compete at 5:55PM on Saturday and 11:15AM on Sunday, while the Community Cup will take place at 5:45PM on Sunday. The action will stream live all weekend long on FloRacing and air on TV on the CBS Sports Network in the coming months.
 
Keegan Kincaid is supported by Lucas Oil, Vision Wheel, Cooper Tire, Battle Approved Motors, Champion Power Equipment, Langlade Ford, Roush Performance Products, Fox Shocks, Impact, Ehren PSP, and VP Racing Fuels. For more information and to stay in the loop, follow Keegan on Facebook and Instagram.
 

Guy Cosmo takes on a new challenge this weekend, making his Trans Am presented by Pirelli debut in the competitive TA2 class at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  The Jupiter, Florida driver will be at the wheel of the No. 89 3-Dimensional Services Group Ford Mustang, part of a 35-car TA2 class during the Mid-Ohio Speed Tour. 

He is filling in for Mike Skeen, a 2022 winner at Road Atlanta and Laguna Seca. Teammate Rafa Matos, driver of the No. 88 Ford, won at Sebring and enters the Mid-Ohio weekend as the points leader.

“I’m looking forward to the race, and I know it will be really competitive,” Cosmo said. “I’ve got a lot to learn about the car, but I’ll go out and give it my best. I’m sure I will have my hands full, but it’s a new challenge and will be a lot of fun.”

Cosmo was pleased with the car and his results after having a recent test with Peterson Motorsports at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, S.C.

“I’ve known Doug Peterson for just about my entire pro career,” Cosmo said. “I’ve raced against him and I’ve raced for him, but it’s been a really long time since either of those. It’s fantastic to reunite with Doug and his crew. This will certainly be a lot of fun.”

TA2 qualifying will be held on Saturday and will be run in two groups, beginning at 3:20 p.m. ET Sunday’s 45-lap TA2 feature race is set to start at 10:55 a.m. ET. The race will be televised on CBS on Saturday, July 2, at 7:30 p.m. ET.

After nearly two months away, Premier Racing is eager to get back racing in the Porsche Carrera Cup North America Presented by the Cayman Islands. With the championship’s last event taking place in early May, it has been a long break for Adam Adelson (Las Vegas, Nevada now living in Los Angeles) and the Kent Moore-led operation. However, testing in the No. 24 Premier Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car and competition in SRO GT4-competition has kept the Las Vegas-based race team sharp. The race series, exclusively for Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, is widely recognized as the most competitive one-make race series on the continent. Rounds Seven and Eight of the 16-race championship will take place at Watkins Glen International, the iconic road course in the Finger Lakes region of New York state. Porsche Carrera Cup North America will run in support of the Six Hours of The Glen, June 23 – 25.

 

Testing two weeks ago at the 3.4-mile, 11-turn race course adds to the confidence of the team entering the season’s midpoint. The team used extensive input from both Adelson and SRO teammate and driving coach Elliott Skeer (San Diego, California) to fine-tune the 500 HP Porsche for this weekend’s race. Practice got underway on Thursday, June 23 with two 30-minute sessions. Adelson will have 30-minutes starting at 8:45 a.m. ET on Friday, June 24, to set his best time in qualifying for the Pro class of Race 1. The first of the two scheduled 40-minute rounds will take the green flag later that day at 1:25 p.m. ET/10:25 a.m. PT. The second race will be run at 11:05 a.m. ET/8:05 a.m. PT on Saturday, June 25.

 

Live timing and scoring of all sessions as well as streaming of both races can be found at www.PorscheCarreraCup.us . The races also air live on the Peacock Streaming App.

 

Adam Adelson, No. 24 Premier Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup |

“It’s hard to believe that we’re already halfway through the season; it feels like just yesterday we were rolling the 992 Cup car out of the trailer for the first time. It’s been an incredible experience so far, especially since we started bringing home wins and podiums in the SRO! The team has improved dramatically since the start of the season, and I feel the same way about my driving. Coming into rounds seven and eight of Porsche Carrera Cup, I’m feeling quite confident that we can move further up the field. The two day test we had here at The Glen a couple of weeks ago gave us invaluable data and information about the car. During that test I felt as if I was really figuring out how to drive the 992 Cup the way it wants to be driven. Now, it’s time to take everything we’ve learned so far this season and put it to the test. As always, the field in Carrera Cup is incredibly tight and packed with talent, but we’ve been on our A game and I’m excited to see what we can achieve here this weekend.”

 

Kent Moore, No. 24 Premier Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup |

“It has been a long break since Carrera Cup last ran but we have been anything but sitting still. We tested the Cup car here at The Glen a few weeks ago and we have raced several SRO GT4 races including capturing three wins with the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport. We are keeping the team sharp, and we are keeping Adam sharp. There is no replacement for seat time, especially for a young driver and young team. We have been making sure Adam has plenty of time behind the wheel. The test here went well. Adam turned a lot of laps and we also got great input from Elliott [Skeer]. We are confident we have a good setup, and we are ready but this series is tight. You don’t get a chance to make a mistake that someone else won’t take advantage of. But that is why we are here, to battle the best.”

 

By Mark Robinson
IMSA Wire Service
 
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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – The seams are bursting this weekend for Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America, with a record three dozen cars on hand for the doubleheader round at Watkins Glen International. The 36 entries eclipses by five the previous best fields in the opening two rounds this year.
 
It’s the latest sign of continuing interest and growth in the single-make series sanctioned by IMSA and featuring the new Evo2 version of the popular Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo raced by every competitor.
 
“The introduction of Evo2 and the improvements in the car are a large contributing factor,” Chris Ward, senior manager of motorsports for Automobili Lamborghini America, said of the surging growth. “Platform stability is a key as well. The fact that all current cars can be updated from (the original) Huracán Super Trofeo, then to Evo, then to Evo2 – we’ve had 10 years of the same platform, which is unprecedented in single-mount racing.
 
“And then there’s the schedule,” Ward added. “We’re racing at some tremendous circuits this year, not the least of which is this weekend at Watkins Glen. It should be a tremendous event.”
 
As usual, a pair of 50-minute races are on tap this weekend – one each on Saturday and Sunday. When completed, the 2022 North American season will be halfway finished.
 
Three of the four classes are hotly contested heading into the Watkins Glen round. In the Pro class, Kyle Marcelli and Danny Formal, who share the No. 1 Prestige Performance with Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus Huracán, hold just a two-point advantage on Edoardo Piscopo and Patrick Kujala in the No. 50 O’Gara Motorsport/Change Racing/US RaceTronics, Lamborghini Beverly Hills Huracán.
 
In ProAm, Ashton Harrison and Tom Long (No. 25 Harrison Contracting with Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus Huracán) are four points ahead of Bryson Lew and John Dubets (No. 46 Precision Performance Motorsports, Lamborghini Palm Beach Huracán). A new ProAm entry to watch this weekend is the No. 42 NTE Sport, Lamborghini Dallas Huracán driven by Don Yount and IMSA Diverse Driver Development Scholarship winner Jaden Conwright.
 
The Am class is loaded with 15 entries. Class leaders David Staab and Nikko Reger (No. 48 Precision Performance Motorsports, Lamborghini Palm Beach Huracán) have a three-point edge on Cam Aliabadi (No. 17 Dream Racing Motorsport, Lamborghini Walnut Creek Huracán). In LB Cup, Slade Stewart (No. 14 Flying Lizard Motorsports, Lamborghini Newport Beach Huracán) has the most comfortable points lead, nine ahead of Ofir Levy and Jon Hirshberg (No. 13 O’Gara Motorsport/Change Racing/US RaceTronics, Lamborghini Rancho Mirage Huracán).
 
Following a pair of practice sessions on Thursday, Lamborghini Super Trofeo qualifying is set for 9:30 a.m. ET Friday. Race 1 starts at 2:25 p.m. Friday, with Race 2 at 12:10 p.m. Saturday. Both races stream live on IMSA.com/TVLive and Peacock, along with IMSA Radio.
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