Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America:
Mid-Ohio Race 2
The second race of the 2018 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America championship was a battle down to the final turn for Madison Snow, who piloted the Change Racing, Lamborghini Carolinas No. 29 to a weekend sweep of the 13-turn, 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
The drivers were welcomed by sunny skies and warmer temperatures Sunday morning as 17 ofthe new HuracánSuper Trofeo Evo’s took the green flag with Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus’ Stevan McAleer leading the field to turn 1.
McAleer jumped out to an early lead with a clean start at the drop of the green flag on the backstretch. However, that lead would be short lived as he would lose the left rear wheel on lap two, retiring him from the race, handing the lead over to the No. 29 Change Racing, Lamborghini Carolinas of Corey Lewis.
Two laps later Wayne Taylor Racing, Lamborghini Paramus teammate Sheena Monk stopped on track, bringing out the first full course caution with 42 remaining in the race.
The green flag would wave again on lap 10 with Lewis leading the No. 50 US RaceTronics, Lamborghini Beverly Hills of Taylor Proto and the No. 79 P1 Motorsports, Lamborghini Atlanta of Jonathan Summerton.
Immediately following the restart, the mandatory pit window opened and several teams took the opportunity to hit pit road after only 11 completed laps and 30 minutes remaining in the event. The pit stop cycle would prove to be a major factor in the race with a lack of cautions to bunch the field.
A clean stop and driver change for the Change Racing crew put Madison Snow back on track in the lead on lap 18 with a one-second lead over the No. 71 P1 Motorsports, Lamborghini Broward of Loris Spinelli.
The battle for the lead closed to under a half-second with just five minutes remaining as Snow fought to hold off a hard charging Spinelli. The white flag flew on lap 32 and despite a valent attempt to pass in the final turn by Spinelli, Snow would cross the finish line to secure the weekend race sweep for Change Racing, Lamborghini Carolinas. Brandon Gdovic drove the No. 46 PPM, Lamborghini Palm Beach to a second-place finish in the class along with teammate Shinya Sean Michimi with the No. 79 P1 Motorsports, Lamborghini Atlanta of Karol Basz and Jonathan Summerton finishing in third.
Despite not taking the overall victory, Spinelli secured the PRO-AM class victory for the No. 71 P1 Motorsports, Lamborghini Broward and his co-driver JC Perez. The No. 47 PPM, Lamborghini Palm Beach of Dylan Murcott and Patrick Liddy would finish second in the class.
Ryan Hardwick in the No. 2 Dream Racing Motorsport, Lamborghini Atlanta, lead the way most of the day and had little trouble securing the AM class victory by eight seconds over Race 1 victor Damon Ockey in the No. 09 US RaceTronics, Lamborghini Calgary. Brian Thienes and the No. 17 US RaceTronics, Lamborghini Beverly Hills secured the double podium for the US RaceTronics team as he finished third. It was a bit of redemption for Hardwick who suffered a bit of bad luck in Saturday’s first race after he came close to winning the first race of the season.
The LB CUP race was led from green-to-checkered by the No. 88 US RaceTronics, Lamborghini La Jolla team of Parris Mullins and Mark Proto. Proto drove first and after the yellow flag incident by Monk, the team easily went on to the win the class.
The next chance to see the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series will be at Watkins Glen International June 29 – 30. Tickets are available on http://www.theglen.comor by calling 1-866-461-RACE.
Madison Snow/Change Racing (1st overall and PRO): “It’s an amazing feeling. It’s been a while since I was back in Super Trofeo. Coming back in here and sweeping the weekend without a lot of pressure. After seeing Corey do it yesterday, it made me nervous going into this race because of how aggressive and competitive everyone was going to be. I told Justin Bell before the race that it was Corey’s job to get the car into first and my job to keep it there. Corey perfectly did his job and it made it a lot easier for me. I just pushed consistent laps and Change Racing gave us a good car to go for it.”
Corey Lewis/Change Racing (1st overall and PRO): “The biggest thing for me today was the start and getting through the first couple of corners. The track does get rather tight through the twisty bits there. The biggest concern was to make sure I made it through Turn 1 and then stay out of trouble and then set sail from there. We were able to do that and get a little bit of a gap. My job was to hand the car over to Madison and nervously watch the last half hour or so. I was more tense watching the end of this race than any other race I have ever been involved in for whatever reason. It was exciting and I am extremely happy for Change Racing and Lamborghini Charlotte.”
Loris Spinelli/P1 Motorsports (1st PRO-AM): “This was my first time at Mid-Ohio and America and I want to thank my team for all of their work. I tried to overtake the first position and worked hard to do so but I am happy for the team because the car is very fast. I am looking forward to the next race already!”
JC Perez/P1 Motorsports (1st PRO-AM): “We came in today after having an unfortunate crash with three minutes to go. We had a really good car to win and unfortunately, we got taken out. But we re-grouped and had a plan today that included doing whatever we could. Loris did an amazing job. I was able to keep up with the leaders and we are happy. Our car was excellent, and we unfortunately didn’t have the top end speed. We will come back stronger as we are going to overall wins. We are to win everything we can. Thank you to Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America and thank you for IMSA for having us it’s going to be a great series.”
Ryan Hardwick/Dream Racing Motorsport (1st AM): “Today was a bit of a statement for me. I had the most unlucky race that probably any driver could have yesterday. I felt that race was taken from me as I had a three second lead taken from me on a yellow flag and some issues on a restart after that. So today was a bit of a statement. I pushed all the way to the end and I’m proud of myself for making my fastest laps, the last two laps of the race. We are here for this championship and we are focused on winning it this year.”
Parris Mullins/US RaceTronics (1st Lamborghini Cup): “I feel bad that my teammate spent most of his race under the caution. It was a great for us today. Our class is about getting track and seat time and I will be happy to leave the weekend with a good time. I have never been here before, neither of us had, and it was exciting for us to have a new track on the calendar that is challenging even for the pro drivers, so it was good fun.”