(EAST LANSING, MI) May 30, 2018 — With a first-place victory at Mid-Ohio barely in the rear-view mirror, 3GT Racing now heads to Detroit’s Belle Isle to race the Lexus RC F GT3 No. 14 and No. 15 in the GTD class of the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic on Saturday, June 2.
The second sprint race of this year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear is expected to attract about 100,000 people to the street course that wraps around the 982-acre park. The 25-car entry list includes 11 in the GTD class and 14 Prototypes.
Dominik Baumann, driver of the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3, and the first to cross the finish line at Mid-Ohio on May 6, said he’s anxious to get out on the 14-turn, 2.35-mile circuit.
“The win in Ohio was great, but Detroit will be completely different,” Baumann said. “I’ve raced street circuits before, but never Detroit. It’s hard to get practice time in Detroit, so it will be different for me. But I like the walls and going close to the wall and having no run-off. I don’t mind the bumps and the curves, we have a good car for it. I’m feeling positive.”
Co-driver in the No. 14, Kyle Marcelli, won on the bumpy, turn-filled Detroit street course in 2016. He said it’s a course that he really likes.
“Everyone talks about the bumps and how there’s no room for error, and that’s true,” Marcelli said. “But it’s a real adrenaline rush when you extract the most out of yourself and the race car and you’re running within an inch of the concrete wall.”
“We’ve known for a while that we have the whole package to get the results we want, we just had hiccups along the way. At Mid-Ohio, everything clicked. Now we’re going into Detroit and we’re going to be competitive.”
Marcelli said it helps to be going into Detroit following the win at Mid-Ohio, adding that it inspires confidence in the team and the drivers.
Driving the red No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3, Jack Hawksworth said that the Mid-Ohio win is inspiring, but he’s not ready to make predictions about the Saturday’s race. He had the second fastest lap in last year’s Chevrolet Sports Car Classic and said that the car set up for this year will be good, especially since it was good last year.
But the most important lesson he took away from last year was that it’s hard to pass.
“We were one of the fastest cars last year, but because we qualified near the back, we didn’t get into the lead the way we wanted to,” he said. “And there is only one pit stop during the race, so if you want position, you have to pass, and there’s hardly any place to overtake. Maybe on turn 3 or maybe you can pass someone who’s really struggling, but what we need to win is good qualifying and an excellent pit stop.”
This will be the first race at Belle Isle for Hawksworth’s co-driver, David Heinemeier Hansson and the first time back on a street course for the Danish driver, since 2012.
“That year I raced at Long Beach and Baltimore and enjoyed both a lot,” he said. “Street courses are so unforgiving with the concrete barriers right at the edge, and no run off. It’s a different style. Looking forward to giving it a go.”
Qualifying for the 100-minute race will take place at 5:20 p.m., Friday, June 1. The race will begin at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, June 2 with live coverage on FS2 beginning at 12:30 p.m. (ET) A re-air of the race will be available on FS1 on Sunday, June 3 at 8:30 a.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.