The Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport (WTRAndretti) Lamborghini Super Trofeo (LST) displayed a dominant performance at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway highlighted by a “perfect day” in Saturday’s Race 1 with wins across all three classes (PRO, PRO|AM, LB Cup) and a second place overall. With Ryan Norman sweeping the overall wins for the weekend and Kyle Marcelli and Danny Formal clinching the PRO Class Championship Title, WTRAndretti ends their North American portion of the season with high success.
Entering the weekend at the 2.439-mile road course inside the iconic Brickyard, Ryan Norman was the only WTRAndretti driver with previous experience driving at IMS and the experience proved key. Norman put on a stellar performance to finally capture his first Lamborghini Super Trofeo victory in Race 1 on Saturday ahead of his No. 1 WTRAndretti teammates. In Sunday’s Race 2, Norman made an impressive move around teammate Kyle Marcelli on the start and despite No. 1 co-driver and teammate Danny Formal nearly taking the top position away from Norman on the final lap, the Ohio-native swept the weekend with another on Sunday.
Kyle Marcelli and Danny Formal came to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway ready to continue their record-breaking win streak of the season, but their teammate in the No. 84 WTRAndretti proved victorious over the No. 1 co-driver pairing. With Marcelli and Formal’s double-podium finish and two pole positions, the duo captured their second Lamborghini Super Trofeo PRO Class Championship ahead of the World Finals in November.
Nate Stacy and Nick Persing returned to the PRO|AM category for the Battle On The Bricks weekend and picked up right where they left off. The No. 8 WTRAndretti started third in class for both races and fought to the front in the doubleheader. Nate Stacy opened Saturday’s Race 1 and put the pairing in a great position that earned the pair their second PRO|AM class victory of the year. During Sunday’s Race 2, Persing was shuffled in the order on the start, but the pair put their heads down and were battling for another class win all the way through the last turn, last lap, before time expired and Stacy and Persing finished second in PRO|AM.
As his only fourth weekend in his motorsport career, Graham Doyle etched a win at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway into his racing resume as the 17-year-old battled his way forward from starting third in Race 1 to earn his second LB Cup class victory of the year. Doyle looked poised to continue his dominating weekend in LB Cup with starting on class pole position and leading the race with five minutes to spare, before contact from a competitor spun the No. 10 DEX Imaging machine and broke the suspension, ultimately ending the promising day early.
Next for the WTRAndretti Lamborghini Super Trofeo stable is the 2023 season finale at the World Finals in Vallelunga, Italy on November 16-17, 2023, and the goal to capture another Lamborghini Super Trofeo World Finals Title is on.
Kyle Marcelli, No. 1 WTRAndretti (PRO)
“Overall, it is a great weekend for the team. Winners in all three classes for Race 1 and almost winners in all three classes today. Overall, just a great showing for the team. We started off strong this weekend. Got both pole positions. Our race pace not as good. Yesterday, at the start of the race, there was a little bit of contact which wounded our car and made the car a bit of a handful. We handled it and finished second. Ryan got his debut victory which was great for him, and he deserved it. Today was kind of a repeat of yesterday, minus the damage of yesterday. We had a good car. No wounds, well kept. We made some changes from yesterday. Our rear was very good, but our front was a bit weak. We were very good overall but relative to our sister car, I think they had a little bit of a leg on us – perhaps two or three tenths. Big congratulations to Ryan for the double victory. We locked up the Championship this weekend and to be back-to-back Champions is fantastic. All thanks to group behind us: WTRAndretti and Harrison Contracting Company.”
Danny Formal, No. 1 WTRAndretti (PRO)
“IMS is over. Great track. Great facility. Championship winners again in 2023.Incredible feeling to be back-to-back Champions in such a cool series as Lamborghini Super Trofeo. The PRO class is just so competitive. Congratulations to the team. Ryan Norman was a smoke show this weekend. I gave him a run for his money. At the end of the race, caught a deficit of four seconds down to three-tenths at the end. He just had a little more on us this weekend. Congratulations to WTRAndretti too. Graham Doyle was leading the LBCup and got t-boned and it sucks for him. It could have been a back-to-back win for him. We are leaving Championship winners, going to the World Finals and Rounds 11 and 12 with no pressure to learn the car, learn the set up for the World Championship and hopefully bring back a World Finals Title to the United States. It has been a while since 2017 when WTR won there. Hopefully we can do it again. Leaving happy, little disappointed we lost the streak, but it is what it is. We lost it to a teammate that was better than us this weekend and that is all we can ask for. Super happy and excited for Vallelunga in a couple weeks.”
Ryan Norman, No. 84 WTRAndretti (PRO)
“It is great to back at Indy. I have always loved this place. I’ve had good results here in Indy Lights. It is really just all year long, just improving. Thanks to Danny and Kyle. It is a very hard car to drive compared to everything else I have driven. They have really helped me a lot. Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti Autosport gave me such a great car all weekend. I just put my head down and tried to just be as consistent as possible. Danny was really pressuring me there at the end, so great job for them. I am just really thrilled as a team for what we pulled off here and just looking forward to carrying that momentum into the World Finals.”
Nate Stacy, No. 8 WTRAndretti (PRO|AM)
“It was a great weekend! Shout out to WTRAndretti for giving us a fantastic car this weekend. It was on rails from lap one. Thanks to Nick Persing. He had a great first stint. Kind of settled in to P3 in the PRO|AM class and I popped in for the drivers change and we were able to do a quick pass into second. Caught up to maybe a four-second gap to P1 and think if we had a couple more laps, we could have had him. The way traffic played out it wasn’t quite right for us. Hats off to those guys, they drove great all weekend. Going into World Finals with a good amount of confidence and I think we have a shot at it.
Nick Persing, No. 8 WTRAndretti (PRO|AM)
“First race was amazing. Car was great. WTRAndretti gave us an amazing car. Nate took the first stint in the first race and just walked away with it. All I had to do when I got in the car was drive it home. Incredible race, easy win – honestly the easiest win of my career. Second race didn’t go our way at the start. I got shuffled two spots at the start and then I had to pass two other cars. We had pace, but unfortunately, everyone in front of me were not making mistakes, so it was hard for me to capitalize on anything. When Nate took over the car, drove it up to P2 and almost had P1 on the last lap, but a car from a different class came into the back of him. It was unfortunate because we might have had P1 again today. You can’t be upset with a P2 at Indianapolis. Driving over the bricks, you feel the bump every time. It is pretty sick. I’m not too disappointed. Big thanks to WTRAndretti.”
Graham Doyle, No. 10 DEX Imaging with WTRAndretti (LB Cup)
“Today’s race was really good. Started 13th overall and from Pole in class. My first pole of the season. I got a really good start and the 50 car, who I have been going back and forth with all season, I was able to put together a 15-second lead on him. He had a ten-second time penalty as well. So, with five minutes to go in the race, I was leading when a guy in front of me who was battling for position in his class, hit me. I think he just got desperate and came into the side of me in Turn 1. Broke my suspension and blew out my rear tire, so that was the end of my race.
Great weekend. Terrific overall. Won my first race at Indianapolis which was incredible. Couldn’t have been a better place to win. We showed real pace all weekend. Like I said, we started 13th overall and got my first pole and a win. Great weekend overall for the team and for me.
Going into the World Finals, I think I have shown that I am very competitive in my class, and I think by the time I get to Italy with some more work and simulator time, I think I will be able to fight for second place in the Championship and get some more wins.”
ABOUT WTRANDRETTI'S DRIVER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM.
Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, Wayne Taylor Racing, now with Andretti Autosport (WTRAndretti), is a leader in sportscar racing, recognized worldwide for fielding championship winning racing efforts since 2007. WTRAndretti has run a stable of championship winning cars and drivers in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series for over half a decade, forming the basis of their Driver Development Program. Since its inception in 2015, the team has clinched eight North American PRO Driver, Team and Dealer Championship titles, fielded the first woman World Finals race winner and became the overall 2017 Champions at the World Finals in Imola, Italy. WTRAndretti's Driver Development program has grown into interim classes and series as it evolves to encompass a greater variety of skill and experience levels. WTRAndretti currently fields a GTP program with it Championship winning No 10 Konica Minolta Acura ARX-06 effort as well as GT3 programs in both the IMSA Michelin Endurance Championship and Fanatec GT World Challenge with Harrison Contracting Company, Acura, Honda Performance Development (HPD) and Racers Edge Motorsports.
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