ELKHART LAKE, WI (Aug. 4, 2018) — 3GT Racing’s No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 will be in the front row, starting P2, in Sunday’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Wisconsin’s historical track, Road America.
Dominik Baumann drove the No. 14 and qualified P2 with a fastest lap of 2:06:850, just 0.257 seconds from the leader.
Baumann and co-driver, Kyle Marcelli, earned the second spot on the podium at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Baumann won at Mid-Ohio in the No. 14 in May after starting P2. Baumann said he wants nothing more than to do the same thing tomorrow. But he’s not sure that’s what will happen at tomorrow’s race along the 4-mile, 14 turn-track.
He said the crew worked hard to prepare the car for qualifying, but it wasn’t quite perfect. A red flag shortened the normally 15-minute qualifying session, impacting the strategy for the No. 14.
“We couldn’t get to the peak performance window of the tires and I only did one lap,” he said. “Maybe a second lap could have been better, but I don’t know. I’m happy with the second place because it’s just qualifying and not the race. Now, we work to have a better race car tomorrow.”
3GT Racing Technical Director John Gentilozzi said it was a strange qualifying session.
“We were actually going to wait longer (to send him out) because we were afraid there was might be a red flag or something that could ruin our session. We sent him sooner and sure enough that’s what happened,” he said.
Gentilozzi thought Baumann might have, with another lap, had the pace to be on the pole. But he won’t complain about second.
The No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3 didn’t participate in qualifying due to an engine change.
“Unfortunately, they had to make an engine change after TRD (Toyota Racing Development) spotted some information in the engine data that they weren’t comfortable with,” Gentilozzi said. We missed qualifying but we’re glad to be doing the work now rather than tomorrow or in the race. This really was the best option.”
The team expects the No. 15 will start in the race at the back of the 12 cars participating in the GTD class. Gentilozzi said David Heinemeier Hansson will start from the back on new tires.
“We’ll have to see what happens. But I guess we’ve got both ends of the field covered,” he said.
The CTRRS at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin will begin at 2:35 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 5 and can be viewed live 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.