WTR – Prestige To Run Four-Car ST Program
BROWNSBURG, Indiana (April 25, 2017) – Coming off a series-high four championships last season, Prestige Performance and Wayne Taylor Racing announced today their plans to run a four-car program in the 2017 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American Series. In 2016, the two-car Prestige Performance racing effort saw incredible success as it took home the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American PRO Driver, PRO AM Driver, Team Champion and Dealer Champion titles. Prestige Performance and Wayne Taylor Racing have organized an impressive complement of talented and competitive drivers to debut their stable of Lamborghinis on the challenging 3.4-mile, 20-turn Circuit of the Americas road course in Austin, Texas at the Super Trofeo season opener, May 4 to 6.
“Wayne Taylor Racing is excited to step into the 2017 season with such a great list of drivers and to have David Wagener returning on our engineering side,” said Travis Houge, Team Manager, Wayne Taylor Racing. “We are looking forward to continuing the success of last season. Similar to our other racing endeavors, we have worked hard to build a program that not only wins races but also builds lasting and successful partnerships. We feel we have found that with the Lamborghini Group.”
In the PRO Category, the team will run its highly identifiable Nos. 1 and 10 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeos. The No. 1 racecar will again be piloted by series veteran and 2016 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American PRO AM driver champion Trent Hindman and his new teammate Riccardo Agostini. Agostini, in addition to his responsibilities to the Prestige Performance team, will also focus on bringing home the 2017 Super GT3 Pro Crown in the Italian GT Championship, where he drives for Antonelli Motorsport with teammate Daniel Zampieri. Veteran Hindman arrives at the Austin season opener having already started the year off with a podium finish, as he and the No. 26 BARI Motorsports Oreca FLM09 PC team came in second in class at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Alex Popow and Michele Beretta will drive the No 10 Prestige Performance Super Trofeo. Beretta, having most recently competed at Daytona in the #61 Lamborghini Huracán GT3, will also be juggling his time between the North American Super Trofeo series and the Italian GT Series with Ombra Racing. Popow, a veteran sportscar driver, saw success in January at the Rolex 24, where he helped pilot the No. 88 Starworks Motorsports Oreca FLM09 PC to a solid fourth-place finish.
In the PRO AM Category, it was proudly announced the No. 57 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo will be driven by the organization’s first all-female driver pairing: Pippa Mann and Jackie Heinricher. Mann, who holds the record of the second fastest female qualifier of all time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a four-lap average at just under 230 mph, is also currently focused on qualifying for her sixth Indianapolis 500. Heinricher, as the only woman who competed at the Lamborghini World Finals in Valencia, Spain, took home two third-place finishes that weekend to add to her already solid podium record in the 2016 North American Super Trofeo series.
The fourth Prestige Performance entry and list of drivers will be named in the near future.
“We are so proud to be a part of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Series and to continue to support its vision for motorsports,” said Mark Laino, Race Program Manager, Prestige Performance. “Our partnership with Wayne Taylor Racing has truly allowed us to build a winning platform for drivers, both professional and amateur. We are committed to this program, its growth and are looking forward to a successful 2017, both on and off the track, for our customers and our organizations.”
The 2017 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Series will hold five events during IMSA WeatherTech Championship weekends: May 4 to 6 Circuit of the Americas, June 29 to July 1 at Watkins Glen International, Aug. 4 to 6 at Road America, Aug. 25 to 27 at Virginia International Raceway, and Sept. 22 to 24 at Laguna Seca. The World Finals will be held Nov. 16 and 17 in Imola, Italy.
TRENT HINDMAN, No. 1 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (PRO): “As soon as we got off track in Valencia following the 2016 Super Trofeo World Final, I knew that I wanted to come back and have another opportunity to compete in Lamborghini Super Trofeo with the Prestige Performance and Wayne Taylor Racing team for 2017. Fortunately, through lots of extreme preparation and hard work, we were able to make that happen. I’m excited to make the step up to the full Pro category with Riccardo, whose resume speaks for itself, and to build upon the successes that the Prestige Performance team was able to achieve last year. Very happy to have my great friends at Trim-Tex riding along with us, once again, and I absolutely cannot wait to get to work at COTA with Riccardo and the Prestige Performance crew.” For additional driver information, visit www.trenthindman.com
RICCARDO AGOSTINI, No. 1 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (PRO):“Racing with Wayne Taylor Racing is an opportunity to show my skills in America. Hopefully, the knowledge I’ve gained will help win another championship. I’m very happy to be paired with Trent Hindman in the Pro Class as he won the Pro Am championship last year – great opportunity for me.” For additional driver information, visit www.riccardoagostini.eu/en/
ALEX POPOW, No. 10 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (PRO): “I’m very excited about this upcoming season and being with the Lamborghini Super Trofeos as I’m coming back to GT cars after some years of just driving the Prototypes. I am also looking forward to working with Wayne Taylor Racing and Prestige Performance. I think our team should be very strong from the beginning. We will fight hard to win races and the championship!” For additional driver information, visit www.alexpopow.com
MICHELE BERETTA, No. 10 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (PRO):“I’m really thankful to all the people who made this possible, from Lamborghini to Prestige Performance. I’m really excited to start this new adventure. It is going to be the first year competing in the U.S. and this mean a new world for me to discover. I am looking forward to being on track and to getting the season started.” For additional driver information, visit www.micheleberetta.com/en/
PIPPA MANN, No. 57 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (PRO):“I am thrilled to be joining Prestige Performance and Wayne Taylor Racing for the 2017 Super Trofeo season. Learning a new car, a new team, a new series, and new tracks will be a big learning experience for me, and I’m extremely excited not only to have this opportunity, but to have this opportunity with such a great team.” For additional driver information, visit www.pippamann.com
JACKIE HEINRICHER, No. 57 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (AM): “I am excited to be involved with Prestige and Wayne Taylor Racing in the season effort and for the incredible opportunity in joining a professional team for long-term growth in sportscar racing.” For additional driver information, visit www.jackieheinricher.com
PRESTIGE PERFORMANCE | WAYNE TAYLOR RACING – 2017 ENTRY INFORMATION
- CAR: No. 1 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo
- DRIVERS: Trent Hindman (PRO) | Riccardo Agostini (PRO)
- CAR: No. 10 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo
- DRIVERS: Alex Popow (PRO) | Michele Beretta (PRO)
PRO AM CATEGORY
- CAR: No. 57 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo
- DRIVERS: Pippa Mann (PRO) | Jackie Heinricher (AM)
TO BE NAMED
- CAR: No. 11 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán LP Super Trofeo
- DRIVERS: to be named