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Holbrook, Mann to share Prestige Lamborghini at Road America

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ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Two friends and drivers who’ve worked tirelessly to make their driving dreams happen will now finally get the chance to work together.

In a last-minute program, Pippa Mann and Shea Holbrook will share the No. 11 Prestige Performance Lamborghini Huracán LP 620-2, representing Lamborghini Paramus, at this weekend’s Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America races at Road America.

Both Mann and Holbrook have known each other in the racing world for several years, but the opportunity to work together has only come together in the last few days. The natural dynamic they have from each of their own business savvy should make it a seamless transition. Mann has two race weekends under her belt and Holbrook has tested a Lamborghini recently at Road America.

Pippa Mann (left) and Shea Holbrook (right) to share Lamborghini this weekend. Photo: Prestige Performance Center

For Mann, she’ll be looking to build on a class podium finish achieved last time out with Dion von Moltke at Watkins Glen with Prestige, where she consistently improved her times throughout the whole weekend. She wasn’t expecting to be racing this weekend owing to a lack of funding, but has been working diligently to resolve that, and has hopes of returning for at least one further race weekend this season in Super Trofeo.

“I’m so thrilled and grateful to have this opportunity to be back in Super Trofeo with Prestige Performance and Wayne Taylor Racing this weekend, and I’m so excited to partner up with Shea and BUBBA burger for the first time,” Mann said. “I am so grateful to everyone who made it possible for me to be here this weekend, and I can’t wait to be back on track in Lamborghini Paramus car to turn my first Road America laps.”

Holbrook, meanwhile, will make her Lamborghini series debut. The opportunity arose after a busy couple week working to get back in a car; her Shea Racing team is in the midst of Pirelli World Challenge’s long break in the Touring Car class schedule since late May at Lime Rock Park, with their next race set for Utah Motorsports Campus next week.

It also presents a great opportunity for Holbrook, who has been supported by BUBBA burger in recent years, to race in the IMSA paddock as BUBBA burger has enhanced its presence there. A couple weeks ago, IMSA and BUBBA burger confirmed a three-year extension that sees BUBBA burger the Official Burger of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship through at least 2020.

“What an incredible opportunity to join Prestige Performance and Wayne Taylor Racing in the Super Trofeo series this weekend at Road America,” Holbrook said. “To team up with my dear friend, Pippa Mann in the Lamborghini Paramus with added BUBBA burger livery is a dream come true. I’m grateful to all parties involved to get us to this point and look to build on the momentum throughout the weekend.”

The two races are Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT and Sunday at 10:55 a.m. CT and local time.

Helio Castroneves ‘hustling’ for IndyCar, IMSA rides; talking with four to five teams

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As his season gathers steam, Helio Castroneves said his prospects for finding new rides for 2021 in IMSA and IndyCar also are gaining momentum.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Monday he is optimistic about landing in either or perhaps a combination of both series when Team Penske and Acura end their DPi partnership after this season.

“A lot of people I spoke with, four to five teams, are interested,” Castroneves said. “Whether it’s doing Indy 500 only, whether it’s pushing to do full time or do the sports cars as well. It’s been a very nice conversation.

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“I have a lot of respect for all the teams that have been talking, and I feel the same feedback. We just have to wait for their (sponsor) connections, and I’m also looking for some connections on my side as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to put this together and get something very soon.”

Given two decades of success with Penske in IndyCar and IMSA, Castroneves’ resume hardly needs burnishing. But the Brazilian has combined with co-driver Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi to win the past two overall victories at Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

But Castroneves, who doesn’t have a manager, said he has been working the phones hard rather than wait for the strong results to bring in the calls.

“At this point, I feel like I’m the one who needs to be talking to them because people need to know I want to continue racing and understand my desire,” Castroneves, 45, said. “There is opportunity, no question, in both (IndyCar and IMSA), which I’m really happy about it. However, because of the COVID-19, a lot of things sometimes have to be a little delayed. But I’m excited. Whatever the opportunity and whatever destiny guides me, whether IndyCar or sports cars, trust me I’ll be as happy as it could be and doing my 100 percent like I always did.

“It’s like politics, you need to be out there, good news or bad news. People have to make notice of your presence. I’m hustling. I want to continue to keep it going. Hopefully, we’ll have good news very soon.”

The news has been all good lately on track for Castroneves and Taylor, who hope to continue their run Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The No. 6 duo has surged to sixth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, 10 points out of the lead with four races remaining. After thinking there was “no hope” to be competitive after opening the season with three consecutive poor finishes, Taylor now sees an opportunity for a happy ending.

“With the program going away, Helio has won all the big races and given so much back to the team and left such a mark, he’s really part of Penske history,” Taylor said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of it. I’d like to leave my little mark as well. Helio has won everything except for a championship.

“Obviously, we’ve won races already together, but we can win a championship now. I think if both of us can do that together and both win our first championship for ‘The Captain,’ that would be an absolute dream come true, and we can tie a bow on it and be happy.”