The No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3 will be in fourth position when the drivers start their engines at 3:05 p.m. on Saturday in the NorthEast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Jack Hawksworth qualified the No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3 during the 15-minute session on Friday with a 52:976 lap. Sage Karam qualified the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 and will start 11p despite being less than 2/10th of a second behind Hawksworth. Karam’s fastest lap was 53:140 lap
Karam said the car didn’t feel as good as he would have liked.
“Things just weren’t clicking with the car,” he said. “We worked on it all day, but it just didn’t feel as good as it has. I felt like I got everything out of it that I could during the qualifying session. It just wasn’t enough. We’re going to have to work on it some more.”
Hawksworth said the No. 15 car was having difficulties during the earlier practice session, but changes made by the crew before the second practice session resulted in some improvement and even more by qualifying time.
“I thought it was an amazing recovery,” Hawksworth said. “We were really struggling this morning during practice. The guys did a great job making some changes. They slowly chipped away at it.”
Hawksworth said he was also in awe of other gold drivers on the field during the qualifying session.
“Such a tough qualifying session,” he said. “Great gold drivers in that qualifying session. If you would have told me this morning, after the first 5 or 10 laps, that we would be challenging the Porsches with those pros, for the top positions on the grid, I would have laughed.”
3GT Racing Technical Director, John Gentilozzi, said the team had been working to get the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 in strong racing form for today, but practice and qualifying didn’t meet the goals they had set.
“Happy for the No. 15 car, for what they were able to do,” Gentilozzi said. “The No. 14 car just didn’t come together like we thought it was going to. We’ve been working on the set up since first practice. I’m sure we’ll be able to take lessons from the No. 15 and apply it to the No. 14 and be better tomorrow.”
The green flag will drop on the two-hour, 40-minute race at the 1.5-mile track at 3:05 p.m., Saturday, July 22. The race will be televised live beginning at 3 p.m. on FS2.
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 have claimed more than 75 victories and 15 manufacturer and driver championships.
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