From Wayne Taylor Racing – Press Release
BROWNSBURG, Indiana (April 26, 2018) – Coming off dominant back to back Championship seasons, winning seven titles in the past two years, Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR) | Prestige Performance Racing announced today their driver line up for the 2018 Lamborghini Super Trofeo (LST) North American Championship season. Four cars will compete in the 6-race North American Series which kicks off May 4th when the IMSA WeatherTech Championship returns to Mid- Ohio Sports Car Course.
World Finals and Pro-Class Champion Trent Hindman will once again pilot the No. 1 Prestige Performance WTR Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (PRO), with new teammate Jonathan Cecotto. Cameron Cassels will return in the #33 Wayne Taylor Racing ST Huracán to race as a single driver in the AM-Class Championship. Sheena Monk, coming off a first-ever podium finish at the 2017 World Finals in Imola, Italy, will commandeer the #7 Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo in the series LB Cup. Drivers to compete in the No. 10 entry will be named in the near future.
“Wayne Taylor Racing is looking forward to building on its winning legacy in the North American Super Trofeo Series,” said Travis Houge, Team Manager, Wayne Taylor Racing of the 2018 season. “Our list of drivers is top notch and, as always, we have high expectations of them and our team. The competition has grown significantly and the introduction of the new EVO race car will bring its challenges, but we are steadfastly prepared and looking forward to getting on track.”
In 2017, coming off a very successful 2016 season where the team won a series high 4 Championship Titles, WTR and Prestige Performance Racing announced that it would field a four-car team to also include the series’ first-ever female driver pairing. The team went on to clinch the 2017 North American Lamborghini Super Trofeo PRO-Driver, Team and Dealer Championship titles for a second year in a row. Pro-Drivers and teammates Trent Hindman and Riccardo Agostini wrapped up their dominating season being crowned the overall 2017 Lamborghini Champions at the World Finals in Imola, Italy.
This year, the No. 1 Prestige Performance WTR Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo combines the legacy of Trent Hindman’s championship performances with another, teammate Jonathan Cecotto, son of Johnny Cecotto, the Venezuelan Formula One, German Touring Car star and Motorcycle World Champion. Cecotto will build on his own resume of success in German ADAC Formula 4 Championship (2015), Italian Tour Car Championship (2016) and Lamborghini Super Trofeo Europe (2017) to hopefully repeat the team’s trip to Victory Lane.
The AM Category will be handled by veteran driver and family man Cameron Cassels in the No. 33 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo. This year, Cassels is also competing in the IMSA Prototype Challenge series in a Le Mans Prototype 3 car as well as running a partial season of kart racing, where he hopes to spend time with his four children as they learn about the exciting sport of racing.
Sheena Monk will take on the LB Cup for WTR in her No. 7 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo. After completing the 2017 Corso Pilota to obtain her racing license, Monk immediately flew to the final race of the North American Super Trofeo Championship, held in Imola, Italy. In her first race weekend ever, Sheena finished on podium, proving herself a future contender for 2018.
“We are so proud to again partner with Wayne Taylor Racing and the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Series,” said Chris Turner, President, Prestige Performance Racing. “Together, we have built a winning platform that inspires racers, both professional and amateur, and customers alike. I am looking forward to furthering the momentum we have established these past three years.”
After the season opener at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (May 4-6), the 6-race North American series continues with races at Watkins Glen (June 28-July 1), Road America (August 3-5), Virginia International Raceway (August 17-19), and Laguna Seca (September 7-9). The final race of the series will again be held during The World Finals scheduled to be held in Italy (November 2018).For additional information, contact Krista Elliott Riley at 508-560-1470 or email requests to firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.waynetaylorracing.com
TRENT HINDMAN, No. 1 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (PRO):
On Rejoining the Wayne Taylor Racing |Prestige Performance Race Team for 2018
“Following such a successful Super Trofeo season in 2017 with Prestige Performance and Wayne Taylor Racing, I believe our goals are to defend both the North America and World championship titles, but I cannot say that we expect this to happen or magically come easier to us in 2018. The level competition continues to increase globally and that is what needs to drive us to continue finding performance in the cars, the team, and us drivers most importantly. The introduction of the Huracan Super Trofeo Evo is yet another challenge that will be thrown into our hands, but I believe the Wayne Taylor Racing | Prestige Performance team is more than ready to attack these challenges head-on. “
“I’ve been a very lucky guy over the last two seasons to have worked with and grown alongside the Wayne Taylor Racing crew. Just the opportunity to work closely with Wayne (Taylor) and Max (Angelelli) alone is special enough, but to be a member of the phenomenal team they have developed, now for the third season in a row, is something I’m extremely thankful for. We have a great partner in Prestige Performance on board with us once again. Overall, I’d say this team is as lethal as it has ever been for Super Trofeo competition.”
Where do you see the challenges coming for 2018?
“Following a somewhat disappointing performance at the 2016 Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Final in Valencia, Spain, I knew I wanted to come back and have another shot at improving upon that World Final result for 2017. We had a team that was largely intact following that 2016 season, so the collective experience brought confidence moving into Super Trofeo NA last year. I had a great co-driver in Riccardo Agostini as well, and we were fortunate enough to bring home both the North American and World titles outright. With that said, there are still areas that I would like to improve upon even following the success that came in 2017. The chance to come back to the same great Wayne Taylor Racing | Prestige Performance team with the opportunity to continue working on becoming the most complete driver I possibly can be is something that I couldn’t say no to. Lamborghini Super Trofeo looks as though it may very well be as competitive as it’s ever been, but I am confident that the Wayne Taylor Racing team, my new co-driver Jonathan Cecotto, and myself will be more than ready to get the job done.”
Thoughts on the upcoming Season Opener at Mid-Ohio
The return to Mid-Ohio is a big thumbs-up from me; I love this track, I love the technical yet rhythmic nature of it, and the style of racing it creates. The Lamborghini Super Trofeo Evo should be a phenomenal car to drive around here, especially since its being looked after by the best team in the paddock. As Mid-Ohio is quite a challenging track, it will take some work to get Jonathan acclimated, although he’s obviously very quick and should adjust quickly with the team we’ve got around us.”
For additional driver information, visit www.trenthindman.com
JONATHAN CECOTTO, No. 1 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (PRO):
Thoughts, hopes, expectations of working with the Wayne Taylor Racing | Prestige Performance Team
“It will be the first time for me racing outside Europe. I’m quite curious and excited, there will be a lot of new things for me to experience. New race tracks, new people, new environment, new culture.”
“Last year, my first year in the European Lamborghini Super Trofeo series, the expectations became really high during the season, especially when we were leading the championship. Unfortunately, some mistakes and unlucky events cost us winning the championship, so I don’t feel satisfied. As a racing driver, you compete to win, but you also have to be realistic. I heard that the competition will be quite tough this year, so I will give my 100% and see what will happen.”
“From the results the team has achieved over the years, I know they take their work seriously. I couldn’t be happier to race this year with one of the most competitive teams on the grid. Because of this, the expectation is very high, to keep up with the high level of the team.”
Thoughts on the season opener at Mid-Ohio
“One of the things that will be new for me this year, will be the US racing circuits. I have never driven on any American race track before. Mid-Ohio looks very interesting from the videos I saw!”
For additional driver information, visit www.jonathancecotto.com .
SHEENA MONK, No. 7 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (LB CUP):
On joining the Wayne Taylor Racing |Prestige Performance Race Team for 2018
“It’s exciting to participate in arguably the fastest one make series in the world, which also boasts some of the highest talent in gentleman racing. I have a great coach in Katherine Legge so I am confident about the competition and challenges ahead.”
“Working with WTR isn’t just exciting in Super Trofeo, it’s an honor throughout racing and something I do not take lightly. To be part of such a storied team with legends from all walks of motorsports is something truly special. I’m thankful every day for the opportunity.”
Thoughts on the season opener at Mid-Ohio
“I’m eager to finally get out and prove myself. Although my main goal is to win, I want to make my family and those close to me proud as I hone my skills to become a better driver. I’m here to have fun and appreciate every moment of what lies ahead.”
CAMERON CASSELS, No. 33 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo (AM):
On rejoining the Wayne Taylor Racing |Prestige Performance Race Team for 2018
“How can you not be excited to be working with the Wayne Taylor Racing | Prestige Performance gang and driving a Lamborghini! Even though I was only with WTR for a couple of events, it was very obvious that they are a world class team. It will be great to be working with the team again very soon.”
“Really for this year, it is all about progress and improving race craft. I expect to hit the ground running in the new EVO car this year. Having already started the 2018 race season running an LMP3 in the IMSA Prototype Challenge series, I am confident that I am prepared for a great season of racing the new EVO Huracan with the Wayne Taylor Racing team.”
Thoughts on the North America Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series
Lamborghini Super Trofeo (LST) runs a great race series and I think you see that reflected with the increasing level of talented drivers and teams. I cannot really comment on the competition this year as I am not sure that there is an entry list published. However, based on the steady growth of this series, I am sure that there will be stout competition. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t have a poster of a Lamborghini hanging on my wall as a kid. Having an opportunity to race one was something I never thought possible.”
Thoughts on the upcoming Season Opener at Mid-Ohio
“Mid-Ohio will be a new track for me this season. With the absence of actual track time there, my time on the SIM will help out with my preparation.”
For additional driver information, visit www.casselsracing.com .