Rennsport VI

One of our favorite events has always been the Rennsport Reunion. Every three years Migliore’s band of brothers make the trek to Monterey to compete with some of the best cars and drivers in the world. This year was no exception, Nico Castellacio called on a few of his former drivers and friends to create a dream team for the 2018 event.

With prep beginning in April, the Migliore crew prepared and tested the Coke 935 several times before Pat Long gave it his seal of approval. The shop was buzzing with excitement in early September when we held our first Pre-Rennsport BBQ to show off 9 of the 11 car we would bring to Monterey later in the month.

We can’t thank our crew enough for the long hours and hard work they endured that week. Crew Members Greg Dilione, Branden Kirschenmen, Matt Vasquez, Vinicius Leis, Mike Eaton, Loren Burgess, and Scott Carlberg came together to form the Migliore RRVI Team.

Car owner James Edwards who has long trusted Castellaccio with his cars wanted his last Rennsport to go out with a bang. Given the no limits attitude the team was able to take home the Weissach Cup P1 trophy as well as P1 & P2 in the Flacht Cup with drivers Jorge Bergmeister and Kevin Estre.

Rennsport will always be our favorite event and RRVI will forever be our favorite Rennsport.

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The #Falken Porsche #GT3RSR number 117 piloted by Jorg Bergmeister and the number #170 #FalkenTires Porsche driven by Kevin Estre took first and second respectively in the #rennsportreunion race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. 42850114_10156304098200804_1122458323778535424_n

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Seeking Automotive Repair Technician and Parts Manager

Have you dreamed of a career in Motorsports? Migliore Motorsports is seeking two qualified technicians to join our team full-time. Nico Castellaccio founder of Migliore Motorsports is a 20 year veteran of IMSA where he has raced and won in all ranks of ALMS, PCA, and SCCA.

We build our cars in-house with the help of our extensive list of industry-leading technical partners. Based out of Lathrop, CA we have the opportunity to test and develop our team, cars, and drivers year round. We run a customer based race program as well as service and maintain streetcars for the Central Valley and Bay Area residents.

Manufactures included but not limited to Porsche, BMW, Volkswagen, Audi, Lamborghini, and Ferrari.

You’ve got to ask yourself one question, do you have what it takes to be the best?

Send all inquiries and resumes to Victoria Castellaccio at vcastellaccio@gmail.com

Castellaccio’s Migliore Motorsports Prepares for the 25-Hours of Thunderhill

Californian Makes Fourth Start in North America’s Longest Endurance Road Race

Migliore Motorsports has begun preparations for the 25-Hours of Thunderhill, the longest endurance road race in North America. This year’s event is scheduled for December 3-4 at Thunderhill Raceway Park in the foothills of Northern California. Migliore founder Nico Castellaccio announced today that his program will be making its first start, but his fourth personally, in the late season classic. The Lathrop, California-based operation has entered the No. 15 Fantasy Junction Daytona Prototype Chevrolet in the ESR class challenging for an overall win in the twice around the clock plus one-hour race.

Four endurance racing champions are signed up to drive the No. 15. Spencer Trenery of Fantasy Junction (Berkeley, California) is the lead-off driver for the program giving Migliore a strong foundation. Trenery brings his established pedigree of professional sports car racing – including the American Le Mans Series and GRAND-AM – to the effort. Multi-time Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona starter Rob Gewirtz (Springfield, OH) joins the driving squad in the Gen. 1 Daytona Prototype. In addition, MX-5 Cup driver Mark Drennan Sponsored by Winding Road (San Jose, CA) will join the experienced endurance drivers. In 2015 Drennan won NASA’s Western and Eastern States Championship in Spec Miata and was chosen as a finalist for the MRT24 Shootout. To round out the team, we have veteran 25-Hour driver Darrel Anderson (Petaluma, CA), who took 2nd place overall in 2015 on board to once again to race into the sun. Additional opportunities do remain.

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(Pictured: Second from the left Team Owner Nico Castellaccio, Driver/Car Owner Spencer Trenery, Engine Builder Rick Fred, Car Chief Abel Jimenez).

As it readies itself for Thunderhill, Migliore is fresh off its first IMSA Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America win earlier this year. Castellaccio will be joined by Car Chief Abel Jimenez (Matador Motorsports Houston, Texas), Dennis Chizma (Napa, California), Loren Burgess (Pacifica, California) and Bill Margraf (Placerville, California) in the preparation and running of the No. 15 Fantasy Junction entry.

Castellaccio is a veteran of endurance racing and has won the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2003 and 2004, 24 Hours of Daytona in 2001 as well as the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2005. His past 25-Hours of Thunderhill wins include:

  • 2011, No. 75 Team Mercer Motorsports Porsche GT3 ES, 641 laps, fast lap 1:45.036
  • 2010, No. 75 Team Mercer Motorsports Porsche GT3 ES, 628 laps, fast lap 1:45.986
  • 2009, No. 75 Team Mercer Motorsports, 761 laps, fast lap 1:47.224 (holds record of most laps ever completed).
With a stellar crew intact and a group of seasoned drivers, the Fantasy Junction Riley Daytona Prototype is a triple threat in this marathon auto race. Trenery commissioned Rick Fred of RF Engines (Concord, NC) to build a solid engine specifically designed for the 25-Hour. Fred brings years of experience at the highest level of racing. Career highlights include: 1st Place SLMR Dirt Late Model Championship 2015, 1st in class (6th overall) Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2014, 1st place NCRA and SLMR Dirt Late Model Championship 2014, 1st place Grand Am Daytona Prototype Championship 2009 and 2007.
 RF Engines  was founded in July of 2015 by Rick Fred after the legendary Bob Cronin of CRD Engine Development passed away. Bob was Rick’s mentor for almost 10 years which allowed him to learn from one of the greatest engine builders in racing.

Fantasy Junction sells historically significant European classic and racing cars in Emeryville, California.

To learn more about the 25-Hours of Thunderhill, check out http://nasa25hour.com/.

May the Migliore Matador win!

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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JAMES ENDS CHOUEST’S WINNING STREAK AT COTA

cota-win-mail-chimp-picAUSTIN, 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.

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September 16, 2016: Lamborghini Super Trofeo at Circuit of the Americas. #11 Will James, eXclaim Racing/Migliore Motorsports, #27 Shawn Lawless, (PRO-AM), #57 Jackie Heinricher, Lamborghini Cup (Credit Jamey Price Photography)

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.

Follow Migliore Motorsports at www.nicocastellaccio.com on Twitter@miglioremotors, Instagram at @miglioremotorsports and at the Official Team Page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/miglioremotorsports/

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E/MM LBST Results Round 9 at COTA

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AUSTIN, TEXAS (Sept. 15, 2016)Super Trofeo Round 9 Circuit of the Americas

Will James’ presence was felt following a third place finish in his class during Round 9 of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Though his time on the track included a spin out due to weather conditions, he quickly recovered and did not let it affect his continued success by leading a few laps in his class. James never ceases to improve with his top lap time being 2:17.

The official results listed Ross Chouest earning his ninth Lamborghini Cup victory in the No. 3 DXDT Racing entry. Jackie Heinricher finished second in the Lamborghini Cup in the No. 57 DAC Motorsports entry.

The second and final race of the weekend will start at 8 a.m. (CT) Friday. The race will be live streamed at motortrendondemand.com and on squadracorse.lamborghini.com/live-streaming.

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.

Crash and Back on Track in 20 Days

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Most of our fans didn’t realize that before VIR, Migliore Motorsports had a slight setback at Road America in the second race on Sunday, August 7th. The 2015 Lamborghini Huracan car had to have a new rear sub-frame welded on, new engine installed, as well as the whole rear left side replaced. With no time for the team to come back to the Migliore Motorsports shop located in Lathrop, California, the car was repaired at Chicago Performance and Tuning with team friend Al Uscinski. The rear sub-frame was repaired at Karosserie in Wayne, PA.

Once the sub-frame was repaired on August 17th, the car returned to its temporary shop with the Migliore Crew and team owner Nico Castellaccio, Albert Watkins, Kyle Kavanagh and Loren Burgess, whom all worked tirelessly for three days to have the car ready and in tip top shape for the next race at Virginia International Raceway, August 27th where James placed 2nd in his class.

Nico Castellaccio Migliore Motorsports team owner: “I am always amazed at the caliber of our team. We just have such an amazing crew. These guys know how to make things happen in a time crunch. We were also lucky to have the help of Molly Dickson, Luna Ferrari and Barbara Paolini of Lamborghini making sure all the parts made it to the temporary shop in time for us to finish.”

The next Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo America event will be Sept. 14-16 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

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.

Announcing our commitment to the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series

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eXclaim Racing/Migliore Motorsports, will make their debut at Laguna Seca this month for the opening rounds of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America Championship with driver Will James behind the wheel.

James is looking to build on his four series starts in 2015 as he enters his first full season in the Super Trofeo North America Championship.

eXclaim racing/Migliore Motorsports is led by partners Kevin Conway Blancpain Super Trofeo Series World Champion and multi-time IMSA championship winning crew chief, Nico Castellaccio. “I am very excited to start the next chapter in my career as both a driver and team principal. I have known and worked with Nico for quite some time and have tremendous respect for him as a person, his experience, and his success. Nico and I have been part of the Super Trofeo North America Championship since its inception in 2013, it is a great series with amazing cars and we are looking forward to our continued participation in the series”, said Conway.

“I am looking forward to being part of the Super Trofeo North America Championship this year. The new Huracan LP 620-2 Super Trofeo is the fastest single-make race car in the world. It is a very advanced but yet driver friendly race car that really makes this series stand above other single make championships,” stated Castellaccio.

eXclaim Racing/Migliore Motorsports is a full-service company providing a single source solution for Customer Racing in the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Series and other championships throughout North America. eXclaim will provide turn-key solutions for Driver Development and Motorsports Consulting where Migliore Motorsports will provide all car preparations, modifications, transportation services and track support personnel. Migliore Motorsports is located in at Castellaccio’s shop in Northern California. eXclaim Racing/Migliore Motorsports principals and team members have decades of championship-winning experience at the highest levels of motorsports in the world.

Having won the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, Petit Le Mans, the Indy 500 and multiple championships in GT2, GT3, Lamborghini Super Trofeo, and Porsche GT3 Cup. eXclaim racing/Migliore Motorsports brings tremendous depth, experience, and a championship-winning pedigree to each of our clients.

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.

Confidential Falken Tires

A great relationship has its perks. Our boys at Falken Tires were happy to loan our customer Josh Simpson a set of their developmental track specific race tires for Rennsport 2015 Laguna Seca Raceway. Simpson was pleased with his results and noted “Unbelievable grip”. He picked up 3.5 seconds on his time vs. the standard customer tires available.  If given the choice Simpson would buy the track specific tires vs. standard tires. We believe in giving our customers options that allow them an optimal advantage over their opponents. We support Falken tires as well as all other tire companies. It’s not just about the name, it’s about the performance and our boys at Falken performed the best.

Thank you, Falken Tires!

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.

 

#17 Falken Motorsports

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From 2010-2011 Nico played a pivotal role as Crew Chief on the #17 Falken Tire Porsche 911 RSR for the American Le Mans Series season. Drivers Wolf Henzler and Brian Sellers utilized their factory sponsor and enjoyed tearing up the track with a plenty of Falken tires. *Over the years Henzler and Sellers played an important role into the development of Falkens high-performance tires.

During the 2011 ALMS season, Nico’s insight into the Porsche 911 RSR performance and the hardworking crew, lead the team to make some crucial and informed decisions which would result in two 1st place finishes at Mid-Ohio and Baltimore Grand Prix.  These two wins would be the first of many podium opportunities for Falken over the years.

After gaining attention to the team by their wins at Mid-Ohio and Baltimore, Speedhunters captured all the behind the scenes action of the ALMS Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway race in Monterey, California Sept 30, 2011. Due to contact with a GT-C car during the race the #17 car sustained damage to the frame and water pump and was forced to retire at the four-hour mark.

For the full article from Speedhunters.com click on the link below: http://www.speedhunters.com/2011/09/behind_the_scenes_gt_gt_team_falken_at_mazda_raceway/

To this day, Nico continues a great working relationship with Falken Tire and currently maintains the 2012 #17 Falken Porsche 911 RSR for owner Jim Edwards. Edwards is a long-time Porsche fan and collector. For one last time, Henzler had an opportunity to drive Mr. Edwards #17 Falken car in the 2015 Rennsport Reunion race at Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway in Monterey, California.

*In 2015 Falken retired their Porsche program and is no longer running in the Tudor/IMSA series.

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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.

Rennsport Sept 24-27 2015

“Hosted by Porsche Cars North America, Rennsport Reunion V once again brings together an extraordinary gathering of significant Porsche vintage and current racecars, as well as the motorsports figures who have designed, engineered, and driven them to victory in the world’s most famous sports car races.”

NC Autohaus will show the #17 Falken Porsche, #58 Burton Porsche, #05 Coca-Cola Porsche, #44 Flying Lizard Porsche, #45 Flying Lizard Porsche during the reunion.

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NC Autohaus/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.