Steven Aghakhani Set for Long-Awaited Beginning of 2020 IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo Season at Road America

Steven Aghakhani Set for Long-Awaited Beginning of 2020 IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo Season at Road America

02.08.2020: Start of Delayed IMSA Super Trofeo North America Season Launches Pro Class Campaign with Jacob Eidson in No. 6 US RaceTronics SADA Systems Lamborghini; Follows 17-Year-Old Aghakhani's Italian GT Championship Debut Two Weeks Ago

Start of Delayed IMSA Super Trofeo North America Season Launches Pro Class Campaign with Jacob Eidson in No. 6 US RaceTronics SADA Systems Lamborghini; Follows 17-Year-Old Aghakhani's Italian GT Championship Debut Two Weeks Ago 
 




After a four-month pause in support of the fight against the novel coronavirus outbreak, the 2020 IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series finally gets underway next weekend at Road America, and 17-year-old driver Steven Aghakhani is more than ready.



Following a successful first-year campaign in the 2019 Super Trofeo Am class, Aghakhani steps up to the top-tier Super Trofeo Pro division this season co-driving the No. 6 SADA Systems US RaceTronics Lamborghini with Jacob Eidson.




At an average age of 21, the duo of Aghakhani and 25-year-old Eidson is the youngest set of Super Trofeo Pro division drivers in the world. Both drivers step up to Pro competition after respective winning seasons last year in the North American Super Trofeo series.



“Our most straight forward goal at Road America is to keep the car clean all weekend, bring it home with a podium finish, and just have fun,” Aghakhani said. “That’s the biggest thing. We have waited a long time for this season to start, and I think Super Trofeo is getting back to racing later than any major series in the U.S. The wait has been so long, but we have to remember to enjoy it now that it is finally here.”



At 16, Aghakhani won five of the 10 Super Trofeo North America races he contested with US RaceTronics last year in the Am class. He then earned the title of Lamborghini World Final Champion with a sweep of the season-ending international doubleheader in Jerez, Spain last October.



Also competing with US RaceTronics last season, Eidson was a force in the 2019 Super Trofeo Pro Am class, winning 11 of 12 races.
 


Aghakhani’s full-season in Super Trofeo North America is being complemented this year by a four-race campaign of endurance races in the Italian GT Championship. That schedule began two weeks ago at the Mugello Circuit in Tuscany where Aghakhani shared the No. 19 Vincenzo Sospiri Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo in the Pro class with Raffaele Giammaria and Leonardo Pulcini.



Aghakhani was asked by Lamborghini to start the three-hour race and made the most of the opportunity. After starting seventh, Aghakhani pulled off a pair of key passes for position to move into a race-high fifth place before handing off to Giammaria. The No. 19 continued in fifth, but an eventual tire issue and late-race contact incident relegated the team to sixth at the checkered flag.



“I want to thank Lamborghini for giving me the opportunity to race in Italy,” Aghakhani said. “We also couldn’t race without our main sponsor SADA Systems and all of our other dedicated partners. Of course, I also can’t thank enough my father Armik for giving me the opportunity and the chance to really do everything. Without any of them I really wouldn’t be here.”



While Aghakhani stayed at his home in Los Angeles at the beginning of the coronavirus lockdown, his schedule soon picked up in the spring with a busy run of social-distance safe testing both here at home and in Italy. The U.S. schedule included multiple day sessions at Buttonwillow and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in California, Sebring International Raceway in Florida and, most recently, Road America.



 “I kind of found it a little refreshing,” Aghakhani said. “Most people would think I have to rush to make this connection here and there, but I actually kind of liked it after a couple of months locked down in Los Angeles. Being able to go back to different airports and seeing life outside of LA or just the right track. It was nice to see things slowly and safely reopen and get back to normal. It gives me hope that racing can get back to normal soon as well.”


Eidson won the top-level Platinum Cup Championship in 2017 in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA series, which joins Super Trofeo as IMSA’s two single-make series competing primarily on IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship weekends.





The revised 2020 race schedule basically squeezes a full Super Trofeo season into a four-month period in the second half of the year.


While IMSA is racing at Road America this weekend – highlighted by the WeatherTech Championship – factors in the rescheduling of races canceled during the pause in competition made Super Trofeo a better fit for next weekend’s NASCAR Xfinity Series event.



“Going to each of those different venues brings different environments,” Eidson said. “I’ve actually never been to a NASCAR race, so I’m really excited to see what that’s like. I always enjoy each of them, including IMSA and IndyCar, and now NASCAR too. It will be fun racing on a NASCAR weekend, and I think their fans will really enjoy our Lamborghinis too.”




Aghakhani's Lamborghini racing programs run with the support of several key sponsor partners in 2020. SADA Systems, Inc. is a privately-held global leader in providing business and technology consulting services that transform organizations through cloud-based solutions at www.sada.com. Insignia Mortgage focuses on providing flexible portfolio lending options for clients with non-traditional lending needs. Learn more at www.insigniamortgage.com. Magic Laundry Services (MLS) is one of the largest independently owned hospitality linen and dry cleaning operations in the country, catering primarily to the hospitality industry. Learn more at www.magiclaundryservices.com. TKX Associates specializes in consulting and staff augmentation at www.tkxassociates.com and Shegerian & Associates is a Los Angeles based firm at www.shegerianlaw.com.


 
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