’23 Watkins Glen Winners Look to Regain Form This Weekend

By Mark Robinson

IMSA Wire Service

What a difference a year makes, but that’s how competitive the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series has become.

Seven drivers who won at least one race in the 2023 doubleheader round at Watkins Glen International are back to try again this week. Each of those drivers arrives at the venerable New York road course still in search of their initial wins of 2024.

Of course, changes in co-drivers or classes has some to do with it, but it’s also indicative of the level of competition up and down the series, which sees a near-record 39 entries heading to the Glen.

Danny Formal ran off with the ’23 Pro class championship with his former co-driver, Kyle Marcelli, winning 10 of 12 races including a Watkins Glen weekend sweep. Formal is paired with Ryan Norman in the No. 1 Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti, Lamborghini Palm Beach Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo EVO2 this season, and while the duo has reached the podium twice to date, they haven’t been to the top step. Kiko Porto and Nico Jamin (No. 4 Ansa Motorsports, Lamborghini Broward Huracán) head the Pro standings on the strength of three wins to date.

JCD Dubets and Tom Capizzi (No. 46 Precision Performance Motorsports, Lamborghini Palm Beach Huracán) were dominating the Pro-Am class a year ago, sweeping the Watkins Glen weekend. Dubets, however, was injured in a crash at the succeeding round at Road America and the duo has yet to regain the winning form since. Veteran co-drivers Jeroen Bleekemolen and Tim Pappas (No. 54 Flying Lizard Motorsports, Lamborghini Newport Beach Lamborghini Huracán) lead the Pro-Am standings by a single point over fellow Lizards Andy Lee and Slade Stewart (No. 14 Huracán).

Tyler Hoffman and Wesley Slimp (No. 9 Precision Performance Motorsports, Lamborghini Palm Beach Huracán) captured one of the Am class wins at The Glen a year ago but have since advanced to the Pro-Am class and been without victory. Anthony McIntosh and Glenn McGee (No. 69 Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti, Lamborghini Palm Beach Huracán), who got hot with five straight wins late in 2023 to claim the Am title, are leading the standings again going into this weekend.

Finally in LB Cup, Ofir Levy (No. 13 Forte Racing, Lamborghini Rancho Mirage Huracán) left Watkins Glen with a victory last summer. He has a second-place finish but zero wins yet this year. Mark Wilgus, Levy’s 2024 teammate in the No. 50 Lamborghini Dallas Huracán, also won at The Glen last year on his way to the LB Cup championship, but he has advanced to the Am class.

Jon Hirshberg, another Forte Racing teammate in the No. 86 Lamborghini Rancho Mirage Huracán, is winless in ’24 but leads LB Cup by three points over Michael Staab (No. 48 Precision Performance Motorsports, Lamborghini Palm Beach Huracán), who swept the last round at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca).

Will any of the 2023 Watkins Glen winners repeat those outcomes this year or will new winners be crowned? The 50-minute races are scheduled for 5:20 p.m. ET Friday and 4:55 p.m. Saturday. Both will stream live on Peacock in the U.S. and on IMSA.tv elsewhere.