JAMES ENDS CHOUEST’S WINNING STREAK AT COTA
AUSTIN, TEXAS (Sept. 16, 2016) – Super Trofeo Round 10 Circuit of the Americas eXclaim Racing/Migliore Motorsports and Will James of Newport, California are reeling with excitement after James’ first win of the season in the Lamborghini Cup class during Round 10 of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. As others suffered mechanical issues, the No. 11 took a three-second lead over its class competitors. James never looked back not even letting a two-car spin off directly in front of him affect his composure. Leading to his win was his fastest lap time of two minutes, 21-seconds. His win ended class competitor Ross Chouest winning streak for the season. Shawn Lawless finished second in class in the No. 27 entry while Jackie Heinricher completed the podium with a third-place finish in the No. 57 entry.
The victory was the maiden victory not only for James but the Lathrop, California-based team as well. Led by veteran 24 Hours of Le Mans and IMSA championship-winning team owner Nico Castellaccio, eXclaim Racing/Migliore Motorsports debuted in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series earlier this season. The program continues to grow on the shoulders of multiple podiums and the September 16 victory on the Formula One circuit near Austin, Texas.
WILL JAMES (No. 11 eXclaim Racing/Migliore Motorsports winner, Lamborghini Cup):About his first victory: “This is a pretty cool feeling, it’s great having my wife here to enjoy this moment with me. I have a great team in exclaim/Migliore and they did me a solid with a perfect car.”
About the finals in Valencia, Spain: “I am just enjoying today, I hadn’t thought much about the next race yet. I’m taking it one race at a time and at the finals I’m going to drive smart. The crew (Nico Castellaccio, Albert Watkins and Justin Jang) always give(s) me a well-tuned car.”
NICO CASTELLACCIO (Technical Director and Team Owner Migliore Motorsports): “We have not suffered from any mechanical failures on track this season. We’ve been working and growing as a program over well-tuned of the season. Will has progressed immensely in his driving so to finally pick up a win is great for the team. We could feel the momentum growing and we know we put a well-prepared car on the grid. I am positive we can keep this momentum going for Spain.”
KEVIN CONWAY (Principal eXclaim Racing): “I’m so excited for Will James and the entire eXclaim Racing/Migliore Motorsports team. It is truly awesome to see Will’s progress through our driver development program and achieve the maximum result today at COTA. I’m very proud of everyone. Today is very special for us.”
eXclaim Racing/Migliore Motorsports wishes to thank our sponsors Justice Brothers for providing us with high-quality chemicals and lubricants, IronClad Performance Wear crew gloves, and Swiss Trax for providing premium kiwi tile for the paddock. We appreciate all the support we receive from Pag Insurance Solutions of Irvine, California, Memento Mori Wines, and Darkhorse Autosport.
The eXclaim Racing/Migliore Motorsports team will head to Valencia, Spain, for the final two rounds of the championship Dec. 1-2 to decide the remaining titles followed by the World Finals on Dec. 3-4.
Migliore Motorsports was founded in 2015 by veteran motorsports and road car technician Nico Castellaccio. Migliore, Italian for “The Best”, focuses on exacting preparation for racing and exotic cars. The facility, based in Lathrop, California, is currently preparing race-winning cars in IMSA’s Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series, Porsche Club of America and the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Castellaccio himself is a proven winner with over 20-years of experience tuning street and track cars with victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 Hours of Daytona, 25 Hours of Thunderhill, American Le Mans Series, Canadian IMSA Cup, Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series, Grand-Am and IMSA championships.
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