Ron Atapattu Eager for Watkins Glen  IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo Race

Ron Atapattu Eager for Watkins Glen IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo Race

25.06.2019: Floridian Ron Atapattu is eager to get back on the race track for the IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series race June 27-29 at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Floridian Ron Atapattu is eager to get back on the race track for the IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series race June 27-29 at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y.


 
The second round of the six-venue, 12-race Lamborghini series joins other IMSA headliners, WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, MICHELIN Pilot Challenge and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge at the 3.4-mile, 11-turn road course over the June 27-30 weekend.



 
Ron Atapattu, the Founder and President of Overseas Cargo, Inc. (ShipOCI.com), returned to professional racing in April at the Barber Motorsport Park Lamborghini opener with his exciting platform to market his elephantea, apremium tea company, and elephant conservation awareness programs through his eTeaRacing effort.


 
Atapattu, who previously raced globally a Lamborghini Diablo in the 1990s, now competes in the No. 24 elephantea/ShipOCI Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO. His car is prepared and managed by US Racetronics, based in Monrovia, Calif.
 


"It's been exciting to get back to racing, especially in a Lamborghini once again," said Atapattu, of Miami, Fla. "We've had a long break since the first race of the season in April until now so I'm ready to get racing again. We did a test last month at The Glen, but it was quite rainy and cold that day, so we didn't get as much time on track as we'd have hoped, but I did get to familiarize myself with the circuit again."


 
In the series opener in Alabama, Atapattu finished in fifth place on Saturday and sixth place on Sunday in the LM Cup class in the doubleheader race weekend. He focused his efforts on getting comfortable in the powerful 5.2-liter aspirated V10 Huracan EVO with a six-speed sequential gearbox and rear wheel drive.


 

Television coverage of the race will feature a taped-delay highlight program on NBCSN on Wednesday, July 10 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Eastern time.


 
The 2019 IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series schedule includes: Watkins Glen International (N.Y.), June 28-29; Road America (Wisc.), August 3-4; VIRginia International Raceway, (Va.), August 24-25; Laguna Seca (Calif.), September 14-15; and Jerez de la Frontera in Spain (October 25-27).



 
Ron's foremost purpose for returning to racing through eTeaRacing brings a conservation origin of giving back to the environment from his youth with a drive to educate people around the world about the beauty of wild elephants, specifically from his native country of Sri Lanka, and the plight of human-elephant conflict. US Racetronics' Team owner, Shane Seneviratne, is also from Sri Lanka and shares Atapattu's appreciation for the native Sri Lankan elephants, along with a love for racing. The eTea Racing's efforts are made possible by the support of valuable sponsors: Lamborghini North America, Lamborghini of La Jolla and ShipOCI.


 
The elephantea brand, created by Ron and his daughter, Shani, is certified organic, fair trade and kosher. The parent tea company, Bogawantalawa, is one of the few single source tea companies in the world that grows, hand picks, processes and packages the tea leaves from its over 17,000 acre, 160-year-old tea plantation. The highly desired Ceylon teas from the Golden Valley of Sri Lanka are considered the finest teas in the world. The plantation's teas are currently shipped to over 25 countries worldwide.


 
Ron was born and raised in Sri Lanka and descends from generations of tea lovers and elephant activists. Ron's uncle, Dr. Shelton Atapattu, was a renowned veterinarian who specialized in elephants, and was a pioneer in elephant conservation. Throughout the years, the natural habitat of the elephants have been reduced by farming and population growth and the interaction between te people and wild elephants has resulted in human-elephant conflict that takes the lives of an average about 500 elephants a year and about 200 people. The resulting consequences is the herd suffers when they lose a member of the herd, not to mention the loss of human lives. The mission of elephantea is to support the various conservation programs for the native elephants Sri Lanka.


 
A few of the conservation programs that elephantea supports are:



The Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society (SLWCS), a U.S.-based non-profit organization committed to developing a sustainable model for wildlife conservation in Sri Lanka. Their focus is on helping people, elephants and other wildlife co-exist peacefully. Their unique, award-winning conservation model brings people together to identify and solve human-elephant conflicts through scientific field research, applied conservation programs and sustainable economic development. Find them at www.slwcs.org and some of their programs below.


 
Before the Elefriendly bus arrived, children risked their lives every day walking to and from school in the Wasgamuwa National Park, as the road runs through a natural elephant corridor. Tragically human-elephant conflicts resulted in many deaths of humans and elephants each year in Sri Lanka. Since launching the 24-passenger EleFriendly bus in 2016, daily school attendance has increased, local farmers are able to spend more time earning income tending to their gardens and free from the daily burden of patrolling the corridor to keep their children safe. Sri Lanka's youth are learning to love, rather than fear, elephants, and wild elephants are free to safely roam their ancient elephant corridor. www.slwcs.org/elefriendly-bus


 
As Sri Lanka's rural populations continue to grow and encroach into wildlife habitat, the interface between elephants and people grows increasingly diffused. Competition for adequate space for agriculture and other forms of human development creates deadly situations for both humans and elephants. SLWCS builds and maintains solar-powered electrical fencing to help keep elephants from raiding farmers precious food crops but that doesn't always stop them. For more than a decade, SLWCS has been providing local communities with citrus trees to create a barrier around their rice and vegetable crops (elephants to not like citrus fruits so it is the perfect buffer crop). The trees also provide farmers with new cash crops, including oranges and limes. See more information at https://www.slwcs.org/project-orange-elephant
 



The EleVETS project enables a team of elephant experts to work hand-in-hand with Sri Lanka's practicing veterinarians and elephant owners to bring about sustainable improvement in the health, care, and management of captive elephants. Increasing the number of trained elephant veterinarians throughout Sri Lanka through EleVETS also benefits wild elephants that are injured, sick or trapped and in need of emergency medical intervention. Too often these animals die from lack of timely professional care, especially in remote regions of the country. Visit https://www.slwcs.org/elevets
 


The New Life Elephant Sanctuary (NLES) will be the first refuge in Sri Lanka for captive elephants. NLES will provide high quality veterinary care and shelter to Sri Lanka's working elephants (young and old), who have spent their lives shackled in chains, abused and exploited for work and tourism. For many captive elephants in Sri Lanka, lifelong pain, suffering and deprivation are all they have known. Elephants living at NLES will have the opportunity to 'just be elephants'...most for the first time in their lives. Additional information to come in the near future.
 


For more information, please visit elephantea.com or see our racing social media at Facebook/eTeaRacing, Twitter/eTeaRacing, and Instagram/eTeaRacing.
 
 


Barbara J. Burns- photos Atapattu

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