Change Racing Heads to Circuit of the Americas with GTD and Super Trofeo Entries
Austin, Texas (2 May 2017) – Change Racing will target a run to the GTD podium this weekend in Round 4 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Circuit of the Americas on Saturday, May 6. The team will also return to Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American Series competition for the season opener at COTA.
The Change Racing crew will look to utilize the pace of the No. 16 Xbox / Forza / Monster Energy Lamborghini Huracan GT3 at COTA and flip the script on a string of bad luck in the opening rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech season.
Round 4 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will go green on Saturday, May 6 at 2:35 PM ET. Live race coverage can be heard at www.radiolemans.com. TV broadcasting of the race will be on a same-day delay on FS1 at 7:00 PM ET.
COTA’s European Style:
The track at COTA follows European tradition, with inspiration stemming from various circuits around Europe. The free flowing open layout follows the natural curvature of the land which includes the track’s most notable sector, the iconic 133-foot elevation change leading a blind crest into Turn 1.
The Pace is Present:
While the team has been frustrated not to have any hardware to show for its remarkable speed so far in 2017, Change Racing continues to keep a positive mindset going into the rest of the IMSA WeatherTech season. The No. 16 Lamborghini driven by Corey Lewis and Jeroen Mul has proven to be quick and well-raced in the previous two IMSA outings, battling at the front of the intensely competitive GTD field. The team has also showed that they have what it takes to qualify up front, landing in fourth and third on the grid for Rounds 2 and 3 at Sebring and Long Beach.
COTA Experience for Mul:
11 of 12 tracks on the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech calendar are a completely new experience for Mul as he learns the ins-and-outs of each circuit through Forza Motorsports and Xbox. But the sole track where Mul isn’t entering blind is COTA. Mul had the opportunity to drive a few laps around the 20-turn circuit in a Lamborghini road car, giving him the familiarity of some of the track’s most technical sectors.
Back to Where It All Started:
Change Racing will also return to the team’s roots this weekend with a two-car entry in the first round of the 2017 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American Series. The team will debut the No. 16 Pro class entry of Richard Antinucci and the No. 34 ProAm class entry of Bryce Miller. The two-time Super Trofeo World Champion organization (2014 & 2015) is eager to get back into the competition that has brought the team so much success.
Lamborghini Super Trofeo: The Super Trofeo Series brings the combined talent of 20+ entries from all around North America to compete in a five race weekend line up which will run in conjunction with the IMSA series events. The final race on the Super Trofeo calendar is the World Finals – where the top Lamborghini drivers from the series’ four divisions will compete for the world championship title – which will take place November 16-19 at Imola.
Big Weekend: In addition to the Super Trofeo season-opener and the IMSA WeatherTech race on Saturday, Change Racing will also have personnel on site at Talledega to support the return of DJ Kennington to Monster Energy NASCAR competition. The team was part of a breakthrough Daytona 500 in support of Gaunt Racing, and will look to have a similarly positive affect as the effort resumes at the Alabama super speedway.
Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American Series Schedule:
Circuit of the Americas – May 4-6
Watkins Glen – June 30-July 2
Road America – August 4-6
VIR – August 25-27
Laguna Seca – September 22-24
Corey Lewis: “I always enjoy coming to COTA. The track itself is always challenging, it has a mix of high speed corners and then the tight hairpins. It’s always tough to get a grip on the setup. I do enjoy racing at COTA, every year that I’ve ever been there. It always gives us great racing. There are many places to overtake and I think our Lamborghini Huracan GT3 will be well suited for a track like COTA. I’m looking forward to stretching out the Huracan’s legs down the long straights!
“We as a team at Change Racing have been putting up some impressive performances throughout the race week. We just need a little help from Lady Luck. It’s only a matter of time before we find ourselves on the top step of the podium. We are planning to make that happen this coming weekend!”
Jeroen Mul: “We have been showing such great levels of performance during the last couple of races without getting the end result as a reward. I just can’t wait to get back out there and go for the podium! I strongly believe our Lamborghini Huracan GT3 will be very competitive at COTA. The track really is built for cars with a lot of downforce with all its mid and high speed flowing corners. This will suit our car very well. We might suffer a bit in straight line speed on the long back straight and the run up the hill towards Turn 1 but this will probably not be too big of a disadvantage.
“I’ve been preparing for this weekend at home where I use my Xbox and Forza Motorsport 6 as much as I want to in order to practice. Working with the avatar drivers is helpful to see where the overtaking possibilities are. To really focus on the ultimate lap time I use the bigger simulator at the Technical University in Delft. Here I can look at video and data in the same way as we can in the real car.”