Ready and Waiting: Steven Aghakhani Unites with Jacob Eidson for 2020 IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Pro Championship Campaign

Ready and Waiting: Steven Aghakhani Unites with Jacob Eidson for 2020 IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Pro Championship Campaign

30.03.2020: Aghakhani and Eidson Co-Drive No. 6 US RaceTronics SADA Systems Lamborghini in All-Out Championship Bid in Top-Tier Super Trofeo Pro Category Winning IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America drivers Steven Aghakhani and Jacob Eidson step up to

Aghakhani and Eidson Co-Drive No. 6 US RaceTronics SADA Systems Lamborghini in All-Out Championship Bid in Top-Tier Super Trofeo Pro Category




Winning IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America drivers Steven Aghakhani and Jacob Eidson step up to the top-tier Super Trofeo Pro division in 2020 where the young driving duo will wage an all-out bid for this year’s championship in the No. 6 SADA Systems US RaceTronics Lamborghini.



Aghakhani, 17, and Eidson, 24, move up to the Pro class after respective winning seasons last year in the North American Super Trofeo series. At an average age of 21 by the time the 2020 IMSA Super Trofeo season begins, the duo is the youngest set of Super Trofeo Pro division drivers in the world. 



Then 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, Eidson was a force in the 2019 Super Trofeo Pro Am class, winning 11 of 12 races.
 


Aghakhani and Eidson are expected to be Super Trofeo Pro title contenders out of the box when this year’s series – on a several month delay with the rest of the motorsports world due to the novel coronavirus outbreak – begins later this summer.



“First off, I just want to say how sad it’s been that people have had to suffer through this time, whether it has been physical illness, financial hardship or mental strain and stress,” Aghakhani said. “Everyone is fighting through something right now, and my condolences go out to them. Racing is something we plan for all year round so obviously it has been really hard to put that aside these last couple months.”


April’s scheduled season-opening Super Trofeo doubleheader weekend at Barber Motorsports Park has been cancelled. The series is now looking to the June 25 – 27 event at Watkins Glen International as the next possible chance to begin the 2020 Super Trofeo North America season.



“The team and I were very eager to go into this season but of course safety is always number one, which is why putting racing to the side is much smarter in the long run,” Aghakhani said. “Times of crisis require new responses, new rituals and new patterns of thought, so this down time has been a great time to reflect and work on our bodies and minds.”



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



 “We have to send our thoughts and prayers out to anybody that’s been affected by the coronavirus,” Eidson said. “We want to go racing, but there’s a much bigger picture and our condolences go to anyone that’s been affected by it. They are the number one priority. We love to race but the first priority is everybody’s safety.”



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


“I've been preparing day after day for this season,” Aghakhani said. "Being able to fit the season into a span of a few months is just a bigger advantage to us. Both Jacob and I are extremely prepared both mentally and physically. Being able to have Jacob as my teammate gives me a reassuring feeling. He is consistent and we also have a great friendship on and off the track.”



The first green flag of the year can’t come soon enough for Eidson.
 



“I’ve been itching to get back in the car,” Eidson said. “I’ve had opportunities to work with Steven in the off season and had an opportunity to build that relationship and keep learning little bits about each other. The car is always a blast to drive, and I’m really looking forward to visiting some of these tracks on the schedule. Especially Toronto on the IndyCar weekend, which has been a personal favorite of mine going back to my open-wheel days when I used to race there.”



The recent schedule adjustments also bring Super Trofeo to Road America in August as a featured support race for the NASCAR Xfinity Series.



“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 we get to go to another country. Even though Canada isn’t too far away, they’ve got really great fans. I’m excited for all of that.”



The Aghakhani and Eidson Lamborghini Super Trofeo team runs with the support of several key sponsor partners during the 2020 season. 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.



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Noteworthy




- In addition to Super Trofeo North America, Aghakhani is also scheduled to compete in select rounds of the 2020 Italian GT Championship this year with Vincenzo Sospiri Racing in a Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo. With Italy having been particularly hard hit by the novel coronavirus outbreak, the Italian GT schedule is currently on hold. “We have been thinking of our friends in Italy quite a bit lately as well and I know they will stay strong through this terrible crisis," Aghakhani said.



- Both Aghakhani and Eidson plan on staying in top shape during the unexpected downtime. “The workout routine is a little bit different because I usually go to the gym, but I’m still finding ways to stay fit at home,” Eidson said. “I’m still finding ways to do some cardio. That’s the thing about racing, it’s all about cardio and you don’t need a gym for that. I’ve had to get creative in other aspects, but it’s not as bad as you might think.”



- “I work out almost every day to keep my body physically ready,” Aghakhani said. “Mostly I will stay home and keep my head clear and ready for this season.”

 


Adam Saal-  photos Aghakhani US Racetronics
 
 


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