(EAST LANSING, MI) August 15, 2018 – With three races left in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series, 3GT Racing heads to Alton, Virginia for the Michelin GT Challenge, the second and last of two GT only races in the 2018 season.
The team, which ranks fifth among 23 GT Daytona teams in the championship standings, has accumulated 11 top-ten finishes with the No. 14 and No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3. Lexus is fourth in GTD manufacturer championship points.
Dominik Baumann and Kyle Marcelli in the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3, have earned five top-10 finishes, including a win and a podium. The No. 15, with drivers Jack Hawksworth and David Heinemeier Hansson, has earned six top-ten finishes.
Hawksworth, who has recorded four of the quickest laps in the GTD class this year (Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen, Canada and Lime Rock), is looking forward to a return to Virginia International Raceway.
“We had a great race at VIR last year,” Hawksworth said. “Not good in terms of results, but personally one of my best races. We got spun around at the first corner, but I drove all the way through the field and took it back to the front. The car worked well for the race we just didn’t finish. I think we have a real shot this year. There’s no magic trick, this year we’ve got more experience and more confidence. So, we’ll see.”
Driving in the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 is Canadian, Kyle Marcelli. Marcelli has raced at VIR at least once or twice a year since 2008. Very familiar with the track, he thinks it’s a challenging course, but there are parts of the track that fit perfectly into performance features of the Lexus.
“VIR is a mixture of everything there,” Marcelli said. “It’s very narrow, and there are a few overtaking opportunities. It’s important to give a competitor, and for the competitor to give you, racing room. The last year or two they widened it in two or three places, which has helped. We may need to do some work to improve the car, but there are a lot of parts where we’ll be strong.”
For Austrian driver Dominik Baumann, the 3.27-mile, 17-turn course in Alton, VA is another first. Baumann said it’s been a great season racing at some of America’s best tracks. He ran the quickest GTD lap at Sebring and hopes to earn another before the season is done.
Baumann believes that, this far into the season, one of the most important accomplishments has been getting to know the competition.
“We know where we are and where we should be,” he said. “At Road America we made good progress. We improved the car, the in-car balance and drive-ability, for sure. I think the car should suit us at Virginia.”
Two, hour-long practice sessions for the Michelin GT Challenge will be held Friday, Aug. 17 and a third on Saturday morning. Qualifying will be Saturday at 12:25 p.m. and the green flag will drop on the two-hour and 40-minute race, Sunday at 1:35 p.m. (ET). Watch the action on FS1 starting at 1 p.m.
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.