US RaceTronics will be making its IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship debut at the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, fielding a one-off entry for Steven Aghakhani and Jacob Eidson.
Aghakhani and Eidson will be sharing the team’s #26 Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo for the Californian street race. The duo are already team-mates in US RaceTronics’ Lamborghini Super Trofeo operation, where they currently sit third in the standings. The team has received financial backing from the Global Wealth Solutions Group of Raymond James.
“It is an honor to be representing Raymond James,” Aghakhani said. “Growing up in Los Angeles, it was always the Lakers and the Long Beach Grand Prix for me.
“I always dreamed of being able to race at Long Beach, which is the oldest and greatest street race in North America. I have to thank a long list of people and great partners who came together to make it happen this year.”
The Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach returns to the IMSA calendar after a one-year absence and is open to teams in DPi, GTLM and GTD only.
“All of us at Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing look forward to working with Steven Aghakhani and the US RaceTronics team in their Long Beach and IMSA WeatherTech Championship GTD debuts,” said Stefan Wendl, Head of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing.
“While these are new and exciting developments for Steven and his teammates, they bring with them a great deal of experience with the Mercedes-AMG GT3.
“We have known Steven very well since he started racing a Mercedes-AMG GT3 at just 15 and 16 years (old) in both SRO GT World Challenge and the SRO Winter Invitational series.
“Moving to IMSA GTD at Long Beach is his biggest step yet, and I wish Steven, his co-driver Eidson and the USRT team the best of luck with this iconic challenge.”