This will be the first time at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park for 3GT Racing and the Lexus RC F GT3 cars, No. 14 and No. 15. And the first time for driver Jack Hawksworth of the No. 15 car.
Hawksworth recorded the fastest lap of the race in the GTD class in last weekend’s six-hour endurance race at Watkins Glen, NY. Both cars finished in the top ten at the Sahlen’s Six Hour of the Glen, the No. 14 car finished sixth, the
“We are so close to getting the result we deserve,” Hawksworth said. “We have a very fast car and it was evident at Watkins Glen, that we’re better in the pits in terms of tire change and things like that. And in sprint races, like the one at CTMP, it’s absolutely crucial to be quick. I’ve been saying that we’ve been getting better, inching closer and closer and it feels like right now we’re knocking on the door. Hopefully this is the weekend we get the win.”
Alon, co-driver of the No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3, has a little more experience at CTMP. Alon has driven at Mosport for the last three years, finishing third in the PC class in 2016.
“It’s a great course, very cool,” Alon said. “It’s very high speed, great flow. Our car is really good and I think we have a serious shot at doing well. We will have to have a good race with no issues, no penalties, and if that happens, I believe we’ll be at the podium.”
The No. 14 team. Pruett and Karam, has earned four top-ten results in the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3. Both drivers are fond of CTMP and have experience at the 2.459-mile twisting track.
Karam won the pole at CTMP in the Pro Mazda Championship race in 2012, he said it’s his favorite track. “I’m really excited to be back at CTMP,” he said. “There’s just something about this track that fits my style. It’s very high speed, really flowing, a great rhythm track. It’s a lot of fun and I can’t wait to get back out there.”
Pruett raced the prototype class at CTMP in 2014 and 2015. He also raced Trans Am and IMSA and between them, visited Mosport three times and won three times.
“I think the Lexus RC F GT3 has shown real strength with fast tracks and fast turns so hopefully this will be a good track for us,” Pruett said. “I feel like we turned a corner in Detroit that carried through to The Glen. I hope we continue the momentum through to our time here at Mosport.”
The green flag drops on the Mobil Sports Car Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday at 12:05 p.m. The race can be viewed live on FS1 beginning at noon and on FOX Sports Go. The race will also be streamed live on IMSA.tv and the IMSA Mobile App.
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 46 years and they have claimed more than 75 victories and 15 manufacturer and driver championships.