2019 LST Laguna Seca Pre Race Report

Coming off a mixed weekend at VIRginia International Raceway two weeks ago, the Prestige Performance with Wayne Taylor Racing team and its nine drivers are looking forward to the warm winds of sunny Monterey, California to regain their focus.

2019 LST Laguna Seca Pre Race Report

BROWNSBURG, IN (September 9, 2019) – Coming off a mixed weekend at VIRginia International Raceway two weeks ago, the Prestige Performance with Wayne Taylor Racing team and its nine drivers are looking forward to the warm winds of sunny Monterey, California to regain their focus. Over the September 13th - 15th weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, the team will once again compete in all four classes of the North American Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series, attempting to close the gap from second to first in their respective classes.

PRO CLASS drivers Andrea Amici and Sandy Mitchell are looking to be atop the podium once again in their No. 1 LST closing the 11-point gap with the leaders, Corey Lewis and Richy Antinucci.

With just a mere seven points separation from the LB Cup leader, Ashton Harrison and Stephanie Cemo want to execute two flawless rounds in their No. 43 Lamborghini and catch Mel Johnson once and for all.

After a bumpy weekend at VIR, that saw his No. 33 LST retired during the Promoter Test Day, Cameron Cassels is looking for redemption and his second win this year in the AM Class.

William Hubbell will share the No. 69 cockpit with current LMP2 ELMS and Former F1 Test Driver, Daniel Clos of Spain, in a battle to hold on to his well-earned second place standing in the PRO|AM Class Championship.

A driver change will once again take place in the No. 53 LST as Dean Baker will take over the cockpit for his brother Brad. Driver coach and teammate Bruno Junquiera will support Baker in getting him up to speed as he prepares for his first effort on the 11- turn, 2.238-mile Laguna Seca road course.

Prestige Performance with Wayne Taylor Racing has moved up to a solid second position in the Dealer and Team Championships, just 7 and 10 points respectively from the leaders.

Live Stream broadcasts of Race #1 will be on Saturday, September 14th at 2:10pm (EST) with Race #2 airing live on Sunday, September 15th at 12:15pm (EST) and can be seen at http://imsatv.imsa.com/, https://squadracorse.lamborghini.com/live-streaming, http://www.radiolemans.co/.

DRIVER QUOTES

ANDREA AMICI, No. 1 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (PRO):
“Laguna, for us, is a completely new track. We have the Promoter Test Day to prepare and like the other tracks, we will try and find the limit during that time and the Practice Sessions. We are looking strong and plan to arrive in Spain in a good position in the Championship points.”

SANDY MITCHELL, No. 1 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (PRO):
“Like all the tracks in America this year, Laguna Seca is another track that Andrea and I have not been on. It will be my first time racing there, but I have been playing video games on that track since I was a little kid, so it is something I am looking forward to. It is a famous track with a lot of American Motorsports History. Very challenging with the undulation, so there will be a learning curve we need to get through. I have heard about the corkscrew a bit and have been on the sim in preparation for it. I’m getting the hang of it, but it should be a bit more daunting in real life. I’m looking forward to it!”

ASHTON HARRISON, No. 43 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán ST (LB CUP):
“Laguna Seca happens to be one of my favorite tracks with the “Corkscrew” being the pinnacle of all corners. I am interested in seeing how my No 43 Lamborghini Super Trofeo will handle with its 650 hp versus the 155 horsepower I have had the last several years when racing there (in another series). I am looking forward to it and how the competition stacks up in terms of the Championship.”

STEPHANIE CEMO, No. 43 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (LB CUP):
“I have raced at Laguna Seca several years ago but this is the first time in a Lamborghini Super Trofeo. I am really, really excited to get out to a track where it is not 95 degrees. I’m excited that my sponsor, The Package Center, will be on site to watch the races with me. My favorite part of the track is “Rainey Curve” which is right after the “Corkscrew”. It is a very sweepy, fast, keep your eyes up, going-down-hill section. I’m really looking forward to gaining more points to where Ashton and I can be P1 in the Championship Race heading to Spain.

DEAN BAKER, No. 53 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo (AM):
“Yes, I am taking over for my brother Brad this weekend. I have never driven at Laguna Seca before nor have I driven a Lamborghini ST before so I guess you can say I am as green and naïve as one can be. It has always been a “someday I’ll get there” track so I am super excited to finally go there and to get the opportunity to drive it in such a gnarly beast as the Lambo Super Trofeo. It is like having a second helping of Gelato! I will spend some more time on the SIM and let you know how I feel about the corkscrew – because it is blind on entry and T1 seems to have a tricky braking zone. I think once I settle into the idea of just being there, I think getting used to the car’s massive horsepower will be the biggest challenge. Bruno Junqueira is a great driver coach and I know he will help me learn the track to get the most out of the experience."