3GT Racing qualifies at the Glen for Sunday endurance race
3GT Racing’s Lexus RC F GT3s qualified in third position (No. 15) and 9th (No. 14) during the GTD qualifying session, among a field of 17, at Sahlen’s Six at the Glen in Watkins Glen, NY.
At the end of the 15-minute qualifying session, with a fastest lap of 1:46:724, Jack Hawksworth in the No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3, earned the third starting position.
Hawksworth said he thought the car felt good, a lot like it did in practice where he was leading the pack for many laps.
“I’m happy with 3, but feel like we might have done better. I was pushing a little too hard,” Hawksworth said. “I was on my fast lap, the penultimate lap before the red comes up, then I backed off and, that would have been the lap that we might have finished better. I got into some traffic near the end, tried to pass the traffic, put a wheel in the wet and spun around. Clipped the right rear, not a lot of damage, just some body work.”
Sage Karam qualified the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 earning a 9th starting position. With less than three minutes left in the session, Karam hit the wall coming out of turn 9, leaving the front end damaged.
“I made a couple mistakes. I had a pit speed violation, then hit a puddle and the car spun. I couldn’t save it. I feel bad for the guys because they have to put the front end back together,” Karam said. “The good thing is, it’s not as bad as we first thought.
3GT Racing Technical Director, John Gentilozzi, said the team fully expects to have both cars at the starting line of tomorrow’s endurance race.
“Obviously this wasn’t the qualifying result we hoped for,” Gentilozzi said. “Jack did really great job out there, put us third on the grid. Unfortunately, Sage, coming out of turn 9, caught a little bit of the water left on the track and couldn’t save the car before it touched the wall. Right now, it looks like we’ll be able to get everything put together and work our way forward.”
The green flag will drop on the six-hour endurance race at Watkins Glen will be televised live Sunday, July 2 at 10 a.m. (ET) on FS1 until 1 p.m. (ET) when it switches to FS2.. This is the sixth race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
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.
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