3GT Racing Qualifies in Top Ten for Monterey Grand Prix
MONTEREY, CALIF. (September 8, 2018) – 3GT Racing’s No. 14 and No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3 cars will start tomorrow’s America’s Tire 250, part of the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
The No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3, with Kyle Marcelli in the driver’s seat, qualified P6 with a fastest lap of 1:25:010, about a half a second behind the leader, despite a fuel delivery issue.
“Our strategy was to go out of pit lane and complete an out-lap, then I was going to do one warmup lap bringing the tires up and then push for two laps, but I only got to push for one because by Turn 6 on my second lap, it felt like we ran out of fuel,” Marcelli said
John Gentilozzi, 3GT Racing’s Technical Director, said that Marcelli had reported on the radio very early on that he had a fuel alarm.
“After investigating the telemetry, we did indeed find, he had a fuel delivery issue,” Gentilozzi said. “He had to push a little earlier then we planned. The car wasn’t able to get anymore fuel going through the Corkscrew on his second timed lap. Luckily, he was able to coast down the hill and get back to the pits and not disturb the session. Certainly, we feel that Kyle had some more time left in the car had we got another lap.”
“It’s certainly not the pole position that we wanted,” Marcelli said. “I think we could have been third or fourth on the grid. It’s a shame because I thought the team built a pretty good car for qualifying. For us a win this weekend is a top 5, but certainly in qualifying we wanted to shine a bit more. Just a bummer to have to give it up like that.”
Jack Hawksworth qualified the No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3 with a fastest lap of 1:25:170 and will start the race P8. Hawksworth, who has claimed the pole in IMSA’s GTD class at four races, Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and VIR, has not ranked below P2 since Watkins Glen.
“It’s been a tough weekend for us,” Hawksworth said. “The cars not working very well here. We can’t find any grip. But we’re just going to keep trying.”
The East Lansing, Michigan-based team has accumulated two wins, a second-place podium, 11 top-ten finishes and has not qualified out of the top five in any race in this year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series.
The Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix begins Sunday, Sept. 9 at 5 p.m. ET and can be viewed lived on FS1.
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.