3GT Racing Crosses into Canada for Sunday’s Mobil 1 Grand Prix
(EAST LANSING, MI) July 5, 2018 – 3GT Racing is headed to Bowmanville, Ontario with the No. 14 and No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3 cars for Canada’s biggest sports car race of the year, the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at 2:05 p.m., Sunday, July 8.
David Heinemeier Hansson and Jack Hawksworth, co-drivers in the No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3, are serious when they talk about getting on the podium at the historical track.
“Really hungry for another crack at the podium” said Heinemeier Hansson, known to many as DHH. “Feels slightly ridiculous that we haven’t converted yet this season. Mosport (Canadian Tire Motorsport Park) should again be a strong track for the Lexus, so we’re going to give it all we have on track and pray that the rest of the equation lines up.”
Coming off the race at Watkins Glen, where the No. 15 and Hawksworth earned fastest lap and a fourth-place finish, the team’s third top five finish this season, Hawksworth agreed that he’s more than ready for a podium.
“I’m really looking forward to the Canadian round,” he said. “Canada always attracts a great crowd and the circuit should suit the Lexus RCF. Hopefully we can keep the momentum rolling and finally crack the podium.”
The No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 driving team, Dominik Baumann from Austria and Canadian native, Kyle Marcelli, have a win on their side from Mid-Ohio in May. The two are highly motivated by the memory of how well the car performed last year at CTMP, taking the pole during qualifying and setting a new track record at the 2.459-mile course.
“I expect to have the same performance this year,” Marcelli said. “We should have a very quick car.”
Marcelli is particularly looking forward to Sunday’s race, the only IMSA race in his home country.
“I spent a lot of time (at the CTMP track) growing up,” he said. “In the beginning of my career, I raced there a dozen times a year. Now it’s just once a year. The track is unique, unlike anything else in the world. It’s considered the third fastest track in the world – based on average speed if you take the speed of the car over the whole lap. It’s a track that requires a lot of bravery and commitment. And it’s a fun place to race.”
Baumann said, since nearly every track this season has been new to him, he’s feeling positive being able to count on advice from his Canadian native co-driver.
“Kyle is a local guy, so I will listen to him,” the Austrian said. “I have no worries. We did a good improvement on the car balance when we were at Detroit and that should be good for Mosport (CTMP). It’s similar, with the same kind of high-speed corners. We have a good car and I have a local guy as my teammate, so that’s very good.”
The Mobil 1 Sports Car Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, a two-hour and 40-minute race, will be televised on FS1, on a delayed basis, beginning at 4 p.m. ET. It will be carried live by IMSA Radio on IMSA.com, and SiriusXM Radio.
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.