The Rolex 24 at Daytona marks lexus’ return to the North American sports car race as 3GT Racing Fields two Lexus RC F GT3s in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD class. Lexus drove from 2004 to 2009 in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, when the manufacturer won 25 races, two driver championships (2004, 2008) and a three-legged Rolex 24 at Daytona Siegen (2006-08). Since its Grand-Am era Lexus of off-road racing, long-distance events and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb competition and now returns to sports car racing to develop its racing culture and learning technologies into its F and F SPORT Production are transmitted. Vehicles. To learn more about Lexus’ efforts to return to the sports car race, watch the “Road to Daytona” video series on the Lexus Vehicles YouTube page.
Scott Pruett behind the wheel of a Lexus … When Lexus competed in the Grand-Am Rolex SportsCar Series, veteran driver Scott Pruett scored victories and championships in Lexus-powered prototypes. In six seasons, Pruett won 22 races – including two Rolex 24 in Daytonas (2007-08) – and two championships (2004, 2008). As Lexus his
Pruett, who wants to return to North America for a sports car race with 3GT Racing, joined 3GT Racing and played a leading role in developing the program and was a brand ambassador and spokesman for Lexus and the team.
3GT Racing’s Full-Time Lineup … Alongside longtime Lexus rider Pruett, former open-wheel racer Sage Karam will join the seasoned rider in the Lexus RC F GT3 # 14, while riders include Robert Alon and another former opener Wheeler, Jack Hawksworth, driving the No. 15 Lexus full time for the 2017 IMSA. WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. Hawksworth and Karam both come into the team after they have competed from 2014 to 2016 in the IndyCar Series, while Alon replaced after three wins in the PC in the GTD-class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2016 won second place in the points classification of the series ,
The Stamina Additions … The full-time squad of 3GT is complemented by four experienced riders for the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races. Veteran driver Ian James and Gustavo Menezes, winner of the LMP2 class at the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours and WEC LMP2 2016 championship, will race for the 14th Lexus RC F GT3 while 18-year-old Austin Cindric and the two-time Rolex 24-class winner Dominik Farnbacher are there. Lexus entry no. 15.
Three Rolex 24 winners … The 3GT Racing lineup for the Rolex 24 includes two former class winners behind the wheel and a steering program for 3GT. With five overall wins and 10 class victories, Pruett is one of the most decorated racers in the history of Rolex 24. Farnbacher has two class victories in the endurance event. In addition to the Daytona triumphs of Farnbacher and Pruett, 3GT Racing boss Paul Gentilozzi has two victories in endurance racing, including a victory with Pruett in 2002.
First victory on the track … Farnbacher led the Lexus RC F GT3 2016 in October in his race debut in the VLN series at the Nürburgring to a victory. Farnbacher and his brother Mario drove the Lexus in a wet race on the famous racetrack by 33 seconds to the overall victory. The Farnbacher Racing participant started in the SPX class in the VLN race before his admission to the 2017 season.
Off-Track Winning … Many Lexus racing-related technologies have been transferred to their production vehicles, including carbon fiber roofs, suspension design, and vehicle handling capabilities. For Lexus in 2016, the total sales of F vehicles (GS F, RC F and formerly IS F) is 2,415 vehicles. In addition to these models, many other Lexus vehicles offer F SPORT versions with enhanced, bold styling and handling agility inspired by Lexus’ racing efforts, and F SPORT sales totaled 60,269 in 2016.
Lexus Racing Quotes
JEFF BRACKEN, Vice President and CEO of the Lexus Group
What does it mean for Lexus to race at the Rolex 24 Hours in Daytona this week?
“We look forward to returning to the American sports car race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with the RC F GT3 in 2017. 3GT Racing is a championship-winning organization that has been successful in multiple disciplines, and both Lexus and 3GT Racing teams are firmly in the forefront of our teamwork and commitment continuous improvement, which makes this a great partnership Lexus’ high-performance philosophy is to take the technologies out of racing and apply them to our race cars to create intoxicating sound, precise handling, and ultimately, cars that make driving more enjoyable and, ultimately, more fun an extension of the driver’s own personality. “
SCOTT PRUETT, No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3
How is a new program preparing for a 24-hour race?
“Man, I love coming to Daytona, this is just a great place, and considering those great circuits – Indianapolis and Daytona – these are the ones I personally go into, and get goose bumps. I’m happy to be back and I’m delighted to be back with Paul (Gentilozzi, 3GT Racing Team Principal) and Lexus, the group we’ve put together is a great group of drivers and we have a lot to learn and work on It’s exciting to be on the ground and learn a lot as we do, and we have much to learn as we move forward. “
JACK HAWKSWORTH, # 15 Lexus RC F GT3
How does it feel to come to Daytona with 3GT Racing and Lexus?
“I’m very happy to be part of this series, I think it’s probably the strongest ever in the series, so of course that’s awesome, to do it with the gentilozzi – obviously in 2014 I’m with them in LMPC for I think I have Daytona with them in ’15 Paul. (Gentilozzi, 3GT Racing Team Principal) a real racing driver.There are not many out there, but he is a real racing driver.He loves to Racing as the opportunity to join the team, especially through the fantastic partnership with Lexus and all the support they give the team, it was simply a No Brainer, obviously pleased to be here and eager to get involved to bring to power. “