Kyle Marcelli believes he and co-star Danny Formal have “unfinished business” at Watkins Glen after missing out on winning last year’s Prestige Performance with Wayne Taylor Racing.
The duo entered the fifth and sixth rounds of this weekend’s Lamborghini Super Trophy North America, leading the Pro Class Championship standings after winning overall medals in Race 2 at NOLA Motorsports Park last month.
Marcelli and Formal have a small two-point lead over O’Gara Motorsport / Change Racing / USRT’s Patrick Kuyala and Edoardo Piscopo in a competitive single-brand series that will include a record 38 cars this weekend.
“We are excited and optimistic,” Marcelli said. “It’s been a strong season so far in No. 1 Prestige Performance with Wayne Taylor Racing Lamborghini.
“We had victories and half-positions, but every weekend was not perfect – it was not easy.
“There were difficulties in race 2 at Laguna Seca after I was turned in the first turn. We finished second, but we felt we left the victory at the table there.
“In New Orleans, we were a little caught up with time and our choice of tires and finished fifth in Race 1. We felt we left something on the table again, but wins and pole position in both races give us great confidence heading to Watkins Glenn.
“We have unfinished business there because a problem led to DNF. No one was to blame – a tire problem ended our weekend. We are looking to recover and the goals are simple. “
Marcelli said he was particularly impressed with the speed of his driver, who impressed in his second season with the team.
“We want to get ahead, avoid trouble and put this No. 1 Prestige Performance with the WTR car in the winning lane,” Marcelli said.
“Danny checked all the boxes this year, as well as our team and mechanics. The car is reliable and flawless and from an engineering point of view the car rolls off the trailer in a good place.
“We have to keep that momentum and stay focused on the championship.”
Formal, meanwhile, described Watkins Glenn as a “redemptive song” for the duo.
“I’m very excited to be back in Watkins Glen,” he said. “This is my favorite track in the country and it is extremely fast.
“The new Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO2 is an amazing, great upgrade.
“Our basic setup from Wayne Taylor Racing was amazing. I can’t wait to come and start working through internships and qualifying. ”
A total of eight cars were included in the Pro and Pro-Am categories this weekend, although the Am ranking rose to a class of 16 cars with a few key additions.
Meanwhile, the LB Cup will see a class of six cars for the pair of 50-minute races.
The action on the track starts on Thursday with two training sessions before the qualification on Friday morning and the first race of the weekend at 14:25 ET. Race 2 is scheduled to begin Saturday at 12:10 p.m. ET with a live broadcast on Peacock and IMSA.tv.