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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.

MRTI: Road America Sunday notebook

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Sunday at Road America for the Mazda Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires saw two series complete their second races of the weekend, with the Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda taking to the track – the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires completed their weekend on Saturday.

Indy Lights saw a driver take an emotional first career win, while a chaotic USF2000 race saw the championship leader complete a weekend sweep.

Reports on both races are below.

Indy Lights: Franzoni Takes Emotional Maiden Win in Indy Lights

Victory Franzoni took an emotional first career victory Sunday at Road America. Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography

Victor Franzoni finished third in Race 1 on Saturday, but did so despite driving what he described as “the worst of my career” to the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network.

Sunday, however, was the exact opposite for the affable Brazilian driver, who took his maiden Indy Lights win in what has been an emotional weekend for him and his Juncos Racing team as they raced in memory of the late Jeff Green, Franzoni’s Pro Mazda teammate last year.

Pato O’Ward started on the pole, but engaged in an intense duel with Santi Urrutia in the opening laps.

Their battle came to a head on Lap 4, when Urrutia tried diving inside of O’Ward entering Turn 5, but they both ran wide on the exit – O’Ward even took to the outside grass – which opened the door for Franzoni to blitz by both of them entering Turn 6.

O’Ward, Urrutia, and Colton Herta then immediately had a hard fight for second, which saw them go three-wide in Turn 8. Ultimately, Urrutia lost out as he was pushed off the track and suffered front wing damage, forcing a pit stop for repairs – he ultimately finished seven laps off the lead in seventh.

Up front, Franzoni pulled away from everyone to win by nearly seven seconds. Herta emerged in second after battling with O’Ward, while Aaron Telitz passed O’Ward in the final laps to take the final spot on the podium. Ryan Norman rounded out the top five, with Dalton Kellett finishing sixth.

Full results are below.

USF2000: Kirkwood Survives Race 2 Carnage to Complete Weekend Sweep

Kyle Kirkwood survived a lot of chaos to win Race 2 at Road America and complete the weekend sweep. Photo: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, LLC Photography

While Race 1 almost appeared easy for Kyle Kirkwood, who passed pole sitter Jose Sierra for the lead in Turn 1 off the start and then led every lap on the way to victory, Race 2 was a completely different story.

Kirkwood needed to outduel Kaylen Frederick and Lucas Kohl and survive a seemingly endless slew of carnage in Race 2 to grab the win, his fifth of the year, to complete a weekend sweep.

Three times the race was slowed by full-course cautions for on-track incidents.

The first came on the opening lap for separate incidents involving Sabre Cook, Russell McDonough, Jose Sierra, and Max Peichel – Cook and McDonough appeared to go off into the Turn 1 gravel, while Sierra and Peichel got together approaching Turn 5 and ended up against the outside wall.

A second caution was flown only a couple laps after racing resumed when Darren Keane and Kyle Dupell got together in Canada Corner, spinning off the track and stalling as a result.

And a third caution was flown in the waning laps when Lindh, who had been running second, went off into the Turn 3 gravel trap, while Kory Enders and Calvin Ming got together and spun in Turn 6.

Up front, Lucas Kohl had worked his way into the lead, passing Lindh in Turn 1 off the start, while Kirkwood had moved up to second, ahead of third-place runner Kaylen Frederick.

A restart with one lap remaining saw Kirkwood jump to the outside of Kohl entering Turn 1, and he completed the pass before they even got to the corner, Frederick then was able to get around Kohl for second, while Colin Kaminsky and Igor Fraga rounded out the top five. Of note: second-place man in the championship Alex Baron finished seventh, allowing Kirkwood to widen an already immense championship lead.

Results are below. Kirkwood now leads Baron by 94 points. Frederick now sits third, jumping ahead of Fraga and Sierra, who sit fourth and fifth.

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