The Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport (WTRAndretti) team completed the 2023 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Championship at the Vallelunga circuit in Italy, sweeping the overall victories in both rounds, two additional overall podiums, two classes wins and podiums. The 2023 LST North America season marked the most successful LST season to date for the WTRAndretti team as the four-car stable collected all 12 overall victories on the season, 35 total podiums and six class victories.
Continuing with a record-breaking season, Kyle Marcelli and Danny Formal completed the weekend sweep to collect both overall wins in the final two Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America season. In route to the pairs’ PRO Championship, the duo won 10 out of the 12 races on the year along with two additional podiums. The success and speed at Vallelunga and this year has set up the pair to be in an excellent position to fight for the Grand Finals title this weekend.
In his Grand Finals debut, Ryan Norman displayed poise and speed as the LST PRO Class rookie was in contention for the win in both races. Getting up to speed at the Italian circuit, Norman started second in Race 1 and from Pole Position for Friday’s Race 2. Between leading laps and sitting on pole, Norman looks set to contend once again against global competitors for the Grand Finals title.
Although qualifying may not have gone as planned for Nate Stacy and Nick Persing in the final LST North America rounds, the duo showed no lack of perseverance in both races. The PRO|AM pairing worked their way up to a top-five result in Thursday’s Race 1 after starting from the rear of the field. Despite starting last for Friday’s Race 2, Stacy and Persing clawed through the competitive LST field to earn a second-place finish in the PRO|AM category – even chasing down the class leader for the win before the clock expired. Needless to say, the duo is ready to take on the global competition in the Grand Final come this weekend.
Competing in not only his first Grand Finals weekend, but the first season of his racing car career, Graham Doyle put on a stellar show in the LB Cup field. The momentum and success at the previous rounds in Indianapolis translated seamlessly to the final events with the 17-year-old rookie claiming both LB Cup Class wins at Vallelunga. With Doyle’s success around the Italian circuit, his sights are set to earn just as successful of a result in the Grand Finals events.
Next up for the WTRAndretti team is the Grand Finals doubleheader that will see the classes split into LB Cup and AM competition while the PRO and PRO|AM classes will compete against one another. Saturday, November 18th, will serve host to Grand Finals first day of races with LB Cup Race 1 going green at 8:35 a.m. ET (2:35 p.m. CET) with PRO and PRO|AM Race 1 set for 9:55 a.m. ET (3:55 p.m. CET). The Grand Finals will conclude on Sunday, November 19th, with LB Cup Race 2 at 5:55 a.m. ET (11:55 a.m. CET) and PRO and PRO|AM Race 2 at 8:50 a.m. ET (2:50 p.m. CET). Lamborghini Squadra Corse’s official YouTube will broadcast all races live from Vallelunga.
Kyle Marcelli, No. 101 WTRAndretti (PRO)
“Fantastic weekend so far at Vallelunga. I think it is a testament to WTRAndretti. We have a great crew and engineers. It has become one big family. We not only have a lot of fun together, but we work hard. Every time we have been on track this weekend; we have been trying things. All of our cars have been quick which has given us the opportunity to try different things on different cars at the same time. The goal for this weekend has been to win the world races and that is what we have been working towards. Winning yesterday and today’s North America rounds were of course wonderful and to have won ten races this weekend has been amazing. I am not sure we will be able to do that again. A great group and a lot of fun. I think we have a great race car. Tomorrow, we will just lay it all on the line and see what we have at the end.”
Danny Formal, No. 101 WTRAndretti (PRO)
“The North American Championship is over, ten race wins for us. Just an unbelievable record. Twelve out of twelve PRO Class wins (teammate Ryan Norman won two races) for WTRAndretti. Just been fantastic year. This track has been great. The car has been unreal in both races. We have been testing a lot of things for the Grand Finals. We found a nice set up for everyone: Ryan, Nick, Nate, Graham, and ourselves. I think, as a team, we are more prepared than we have ever been at the Grand Finals. Hopefully, we can bring the World Championship, which we truly deserve this year, home with us. So grateful and excited to be here. We are excited to start the weekend tomorrow.”
Ryan Norman, No. 184 WTRAndretti (PRO)
“First two races of the US Championship at Vallelunga went really well. I finished second in both races, and, in this second race, we were very close to Kyle and Danny. We had an incident with the 188 that kind of pushed us back a little farther than we wanted, but we still came out second. In addition to the races, it has been great working with the No. 1 car this week, going in two different directions and setups in order to prepare for the Grand Finals. We have a good direction and hopefully we will have some good results this weekend!”
Nate Stacy, No. 108 WTRAndretti (PRO|AM)
“It was a really good experience these past few days for the last round of the North American series with Nick and WTRAndretti. We had some troubles in qualifying, but the team rallied and made sure the car was ready to go. Some tricky track conditions in the second race, but the set up was very, very close and we were able to manage the car over to P2 in PRO|AM. I think if we had a couple more laps, we might have got the win, but who knows. As for the Grand Finals, really excited for that as I have not had the chance to compete on an international scale. This being the first international race I have competed in; I am just looking forward to getting out there and doing the best we can and make Wayne and Mr. Andretti as proud as they can be.”
Nick Persing, No. 108 WTRAndretti (PRO|AM)
“The last two races of the US season (Round 6 at Vallelunga) were good. The first race I made a mistake coming out of the pits, pushed the pit limiter and got a penalty dropping us down after the drive through. We still were able to gain points on our class rival and in the second race, I had an extremely good first stint and drove as far up the field as I could before handing it off to Nate. He drove the car up to second, which was amazing, and put us in front of our PRO|AM Championship rival allowing us to take home third in the PRO|AM Championship for the season after only doing two-thirds of the race this year. It also prepared us very well for the Grand Finals race weekend. I feel that in the course of just a few days, we have been able to really dial in a set up. We are going to keep working at it but feel really confident at the moment that we will have a fast car for the Grand Finals.”
Graham Doyle, No. 110 DEX Imaging with WTRAndretti (LB Cup)
“The final two races of the North American season have been amazing. I was able to get pole for both races along with the win in both races as well. Vallelunga has truly been an incredible track and experience, getting to race in Italy and win, is something that is incredible to me. Also finishing second in the North American LB Cup Championship is something I take pride in. With everything I have learned throughout the season as a whole and this weekend I believe we are in a good place to perform in the Grand Finals!”
ABOUT WTRANDRETTI'S DRIVER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Wayne Taylor Racing, now with Andretti Global (WTRAndretti), is a leader in sportscar racing, recognized worldwide for fielding championship winning racing efforts since 2007. WTRAndretti has run a stable of championship winning cars and drivers in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series for over half a decade, forming the basis of their Driver Development Program. Since its inception in 2015, the team has clinched eight North American PRO Driver, Team and Dealer Championship titles, fielded the first woman World Finals race winner and became the overall 2017 Champions at the World Finals in Imola, Italy. WTRAndretti's Driver Development program has grown into interim classes and series as it evolves to encompass a greater variety of skill and experience levels. In addition to running a full stable of Lamborghini Super Trofeos, WTRAndretti will be fielding a two-car Acura ARX-06 GTP program as well as a Lamborghini GT3 program in 2024.
For more information on Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport’s Driver Development Program and how to get involved, contact Travis Houge at firstname.lastname@example.org .