Mario Farnbacher joins 3GT for Sahlens6HR at WGI
(EAST LANSING, MI) June 28, 2018 – Mario Farnbacher will share in the driving duties at the six-hour endurance race at Watkins Glen International on Sunday, July 1 with Jack Hawksworth and David Heinemeier Hansson in the No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3.
Mario Farnbacher is the brother of Dominik Farnbacher, who shared in the driving of the No. 15 during IMSA WeatherTech series’ longest endurance race, The 24 Hours of Daytona, in 2018 and 2017.
The Farnbacher brothers raced Lexus RC F GT3 in the European GT Open Championship Series in 2017.
Mario has been racing in the IMSA GTD class in the States, earning three wins in 2016, a win at Sebring in 2017 and at the Detroit Grand Prix in 2018.
“I’m so thankful to Paul and John (Gentilozzi) for this opportunity,” Farnbacher said. “Also, I love driving the Lexus RC F GT3. And I love Watkins Glen. There’s a lot of history here. It’s fun to drive here, such a cool track. I hope we have a great success this weekend.”
Hawksworth said he’s happy to have Farnbacher share driving duties in the No 15. “I’m looking forward to Mario being with us at Watkins Glen,” he said. “He’s obviously a really good driver, really fast. He’ll make a great addition.”
Hawksworth is also looking forward to getting back to WGI. Like many other drivers, it’s one of his favorite tracks, and one where he’s had success. In 2017, Hawksworth had the 3
GT team’s best finish at WGI and had the fastest lap of the race in the GTD class with a time of 1:44.786.
“I like it a lot, cool track and it was great for the car last year,” Hawksworth said. “Confidence-wise, it feels pretty good to go into the race knowing the car was so fast last year. There’s no reason why it shouldn’t be even faster this year. And I will continue to try and do better than last year. And we have an advantage since we’ve had 12 months of work since last time at Watkins Glen. And a lot of races since.”
David Heinemeier Hansson, co-driver in the No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3, will have his first experience racing at the track this weekend. DHH said he’s heard plenty of talk from other drivers who speak well of the 3.4 mile, 11-turn historic track.
“Most drivers talk about it like it is the premier race track in the States,” DHH said. “Sounds like there’s a lot there that will work for us and our car. Fast sweeping turns are good for our car, and it does better when we can use our downforce to an advantage. I’m looking forward to it.”
Sahlens Six hours of the Glen is the third endurance race of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. There are 42 cars in three classes and the No. 14 and No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3 cars are two of 18 entries in the GTD class.
This is the first season racing in the U.S. for No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 driver, Dominik Baumann. So, every track is a new experience for the Austrian driver who took the checkered flag in the No. 14 at Mid-Ohio.
“I have heard from Kyle (Marcelli) and Jack (Hawksworth), and everyone that talks about racing in America, that Watkins Glen is one of the best tracks,” Baumann said. “Since it will be my first time, I’m glad to hear from everyone how good it is. I can’t wait to drive there.”
Co-driver in the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3, Kyle Marcelli, has raced at WGI a few times and said the track’s reputation is “well-deserved.”
“It’s considered one of North America’s best tracks,” he said. “It offers everything a great race track can offer – fast corners, slow corners, heavy braking zones and elevation changes. It has friendly apex curbing and it’s a long lap – which I enjoy because you have to work hard to put it all together. It’s high pressure and it’s fun.”
The Lexus RC F GT3 No. 14 and No. 15 will be decked out in patriotic livery for the Sahlens Six Hours of The Glen. The livery was selected by fans through a contest last month.
The six-hour race will be televised live in its entirety on FS1 beginning at 9:30 a.m. with IMSA Radio coverage available on IMSA.com.
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 48 years and have claimed more than 75 victories and 15 manufacturer and driver championships.