Racing isn't cheap. The cars often command six-figure price sums, race teams don't work for free and then you have to get the car to races while feeding it an endless supply of tires. It's no surprise then that owning a race team is a multimillion-dollar affair, but Lamborghini and its North American Blancpain Super Trofeo series is a new way for licensed racers to get behind the wheel of a racecar for a much lower price.

As a part of the single-make series, Lamborghini will supply racers with everything you need for competition – including a race-spec Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo – as well as a trackside hospitality experience... all for a relatively affordable $35,000 per race weekend. Of course, not just anyone with a spare $35,000 can hop behind the wheel and hit the track. Lamborghini says that all drivers must have an FIA-accredited racing license for the International Motor Sport Association category with a "C" or "D" rating.

When it comes to the actual racing, there will be two 60-minute practice sessions, 40 minutes of qualifying and two 50-minute races, meaning that these cars might be the most expensive rental cars ever at $8,700 per hour. In its inaugural season, the Super Trofeo will run in conjunction with two Grand-Am races, two America Le Mans Series races, an IMSA race in Canada and finally an IndyCar race weekend in California.

Here is the full North American schedule for 2013:
  • July 5-6 Lime Rock with ALMS
  • August 17-18 Kansas City with Grand-Am
  • September 7-8 Calabogie (Canada) with IMSA
  • October 5-6 Virginia International Raceway (VIR) with ALMS
  • October 18-19 Fontana with IndyCar
But wait, there's more. Top drivers in the North American Super Trofeo will then have a chance to race against their counterparts from Asia and Europe in a World Final in Italy. Scroll down for more information on the Blancpain-sponsored series.
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The Fastest Way into the World's Ultimate Race Series
Lamborghini set a weekend's race fee at US$17,500

Herndon, VA, Wednesday June 19, 2013. Automobili Lamborghini today confirmed that the weekend fee for a shared seat to contest the all-new, five-race Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series in North America would be US$17,500 per driver, or US$35,000 per car, per race weekend. Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Fast Facts:

-Five race series alongside Grand-AM, ALMS and IndyCar
-Starting at American Le Mans North East Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park on July 5th
-Racing some of North America's most iconic venues: Lime Rock Park, Kansas Speedway, Calabogie Canada, Virginia International Speedway and Auto Club Speedway, Fontana California
-Winners to compete in Super Trofeo 'World Series' finale in Italy against the best from Europe and Asia
-Four hours of track time per race weekend
-US$17,500 weekend fee per driver for a shared entry / US$35,000 weekend fee per car
-Limited registrations available to join the grid

The turnkey fee provides competitors with a comprehensive package spanning the rental of a Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo - a V10, 570HP, four wheel drive Lamborghini race car, a full service package, car transportation, Pirelli tire package, driver race suits and Lamborghini's unparalleled trackside hospitality, complete with parking and paddock passes.

The Lamborghini Super Trofeo is an all-new, extraordinary race series for the US & Canada. The 2013 championship will consist of five rounds partnering GRAND-AM promoted events with IndyCar, ALMS and GRAND-AM's Rolex Sports Car Series; the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series in North America follows an established and highly successful tradition of single-make Super Trofeo racing which runs across Europe & Asia.

At a fee of US$17,500 for each race, drivers will benefit from extensive track time, including 120 minutes of practice in two sessions, a 40 minute qualifying session and two 50 minute races, providing just short of four hours of on-track time every race weekend.

In a series of strategic partnerships with Change Racing in Charlotte NC, GMG Motorsports in Santa Ana, California, Mitchum Motorsports, Premiere and Creighton Motorsports, Lamborghini has ensured that the race preparation of the Gallardo LP 570-4 Super Trofeo for its competitors is managed to the highest standards, while the off-track experience is sumptuously luxurious, consistent with the iconic status of the Lamborghini marque.

One of the unique aspects of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series is the opportunity for North American drivers to measure themselves against the best drivers in Europe and Asia, with the leading contenders from all three series invited to attend a World Final in Vallelunga, near Rome, Italy, in November.

Tristan Herbert, the Series Coordinator for the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series in North America stated, "We've been delighted by the response we have had to our announcement of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo program for North America to date, with more teams to be announced before the first race. We believe that at US$17,500 per driver per race weekend, the significant time drivers will enjoy on track in the Gallardo LP 570 and a complete package backed by some of the very best motorsport preparation companies; the Super Trofeo is the right blend of cost and premium supercar racing.

The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo series will commence with the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park on July 5th. Competitors interested in more information concerning registration for the series, should contact:

Tristan Herbert, Series Co-ordinator, cell +1-703-659-3540 e extern.Tristan.Herbert@lamborghini.com
Or Automobili Lamborghini America partner race teams:-
-GMG Motorsport – 714 432-1582
-Change Racing – 704 788-7811
-Mitchum Motorsports – 540 266-0082
-Premeire – 817 817-0731
-Creighton Motorsports – 678 366-2100


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      Chris Currey
      • 1 Year Ago
      If that includes insurance it's a bargain!
      Sean Flanagan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Their main competitor, Ferrari's 458 Challenge Series, is $55k for 7 races, plus the price of the car (about $300k). So for roughly $350k, you can own and race a Ferrari race car in 7 races, or for $175k, you can rent and race a Lamborghini race car in 5 races. Half the price for 2 fewer races. Not bad!
      audisp0rta4
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's it, I'm renting out my house and moving back in with my parents so I can do a race weekend with Lamborghini next year!!
      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      This makes perfect sense for a business that would want to put their livery on a car but not for a whole season. Take part of your marketing budget and splash it on a car for a weekend, without the long term contracts.
      Kchrpm
      • 1 Year Ago
      They tried to have the first round at Mid-Ohio, but enough people had bought in. Only two cars showed up, so they just did exhibition laps and VIP ride-alongs. Apparently there are 40 cars in the US, and 16 buyers, according to what I heard at the track. https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-jOsiX1ETo8o/Ub0-Rab4lfI/AAAAAAAC3o0/uF_5E4nfj98/w788-h591-no/DSC05111.JPG https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-xw-CsMk1D0s/Ub0-TH4kLjI/AAAAAAAC3pI/V4f5d1UT1Ys/w788-h591-no/DSC05127.JPG
      ELG
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thats not a bad deal at all actually, by comparison to other pro series. A friend raced a bmw in grand am for a season around 10 years ago and paid $35k per race.
        ELG
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ELG
        and the track time is pretty good too, and that 35k is a race double.
      wickedsc300
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good price, just not sure who this is for.