After qualifying in Detroit Grand Prix, 3GT ready to race
3GT Racing’s Lexus RC F GT3s qualified in 5th (No. 14) and 9th (No. 15) at the Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear during a 15-minute qualifying session for the GTD class.
Veteran racing champion Scott Pruett qualified the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 with a best lap of 1:30:878 on the 2.3-mile street course.
“I don’t think anybody’s ever happy unless you qualify on a pole,” Pruett said. “But the exciting part is that we were running in the top three for much of the session, then we slipped back a little bit. But the car felt good. We’re ready to go back tomorrow and go racing.”
Robert Alon qualified the No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3 with a best lap of 1:31:557, earning the 9th position. He agreed with Pruett that the best qualifying result is a pole, but every situation in this first year of the Lexus program has been a learning opportunity. “We probably could have done better,” Alon said. “But we will just keep pushing for the race.”
3GT Racing managing partner, Paul Gentilozzi, said qualifying could have been better, but that’s part of racing. “I think we’re faster,” Gentilozzi said. “We know we have fast cars and good long-running cars, so we’re good with today and we’re ready for tomorrow’s race.”
The Chevrolet Sports Car Classic race on Belle Isle begins at 12:40 p.m. Saturday. Sage Karam will co-pilot the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 with Pruett, and Alon will partner with Jack Hawksworth in the No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3.
The race will be broadcast live by IMSA Radio and an also be watched live on FS2-TV.
About 3GT Racing
3GT Racing was formed to race the Lexus RC F GT3. Owned and operated by five-time Trans-Am Series Champion, Paul Gentilozzi and his longtime partners, Tony and John Gentilozzi, the East Lansing, Michigan-based team principals have been involved in motorsports for more than 46 years and have claimed more than 75 victories and 15 manufacturer and driver championships.