Steven Aghakhani and Jacob Eidson Persevere to the Finish of Challenging IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Race

Steven Aghakhani and Jacob Eidson Persevere to the Finish of Challenging IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Race

25.08.2020: Sunday at VIRginia Interantional Raceway (VIR) Saturday Race Winners Leave VIR with Pro Class Points Lead Despite Being Knocked from Contention Early in Sunday's Race

Sunday at VIRginia Interantional Raceway (VIR)



Saturday Race Winners Leave VIR with Pro Class Points Lead Despite Being Knocked from Contention Early in Sunday's Race
 



Steven Aghakhani and Jacob Eidson persevered to the end of a challenging race Sunday at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) where the first-year teammates left with the IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Pro division championship points lead despite literally being knocked from contention at the start of yesterday's 50-minute sprint race.



Primed for more success co-driving with Aghakhani after the duo’s dominating victory in Saturday’s first race, polesitter Eidson led the field to the line for Sunday's race start in the No. 6 SADA Systems US RaceTronics Lamborghini.



Eidson was in the lead and entering turn one on the opening lap when another competitor hit him from behind. He quickly gathered the car up after a spin and continued, but not before the field passed, dropping Eidson from first to nearly last in the race’s opening minute.


“In racing, you have the A factors and the B factors,” Eidson said. “The A factor you can control, but the B factor you can’t, and today a ‘B’ bit us hard. Went through turn one, everything was fine, and then I got tagged from the rear and just looped it.”



A caution for the incident let Eidson catch up to the tail end of the field. When the green flag flew a few laps later, Eidson put his head down and focused on gaining as many positions as he could. By the time he made a pit stop at the halfway mark to hand off to Aghakhani, Eidson had charged all the way back to fourth place overall.


 
Eidson and Aghakhani appeared to be back in the race, but the US RaceTronics team discovered during the pit stop that the No. 6’s right rear tire was slowly losing air as lingering result of the early hit.



“We did what we could but when the car came in the team saw we had a broken valve stem on the right rear from when we got tagged in turn one,” Aghakhani said. “For Jacob to do his stint and bring the car back from almost last place to fourth with a right rear going down was just crazy.”



The tire was changed as quickly as possible by the US RaceTronics team, but an extended stop in the fast and competitive Super Trofeo series always costs valuable time. Aghakhani returned to the race nearly a lap down but quickly went to work on improving as many spots as he could before the checkered flag waved.



“Steven still did an amazing job,” Eidson said. “He passed another Pro car and got us an extra point, which is really important when you are thinking about the championship. We are still in it. We are in the fight and we are going to keep fighting harder.”



Aghakhani crossed the finish line on the lead lap, seventh overall and fourth in the Pro class.

 

 
“I can’t thank the team enough,” Aghakhani said. “If they hadn’t noticed the tire was going down, we probably would have been in the wall. Again, just thanks to the US RaceTronics team, SADA Systems and Carney Shegerian. They are the ones doing all the work, making this program happen, and we are just out here driving.”



Next up for the Lamborghini Super Trofeo series is the doubleheader at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in two weeks for rounds five and six of the 2020 championship.


“All in all, it was a decent weekend,” Aghakhani said. “Not the way we wanted it to end, but we won overall on Saturday, P4 in class Sunday, and we are going to come back stronger than ever at Road Atlanta.”



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.


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