3GT Racing’s Lexus RC F GT3s qualified in 5th (No. 14) and 9th (No. 15) at the Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear during a 15-minute qualifying session for the GTD class.
Veteran racing champion Scott Pruett qualified the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 with a best lap of 1:30:878 on the 2.3-mile street course.
“I don’t think anybody’s ever happy unless you qualify on a pole,” Pruett said. “But the exciting part is that we were running in the top three for much of the session, then we slipped back a little bit. But the car felt good. We’re ready to go back tomorrow and go racing.”
Robert Alon qualified the No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3 with a best lap of 1:31:557, earning the 9th position. He agreed with Pruett that the best qualifying result is a pole, but every situation in this first year of the Lexus program has been a learning opportunity. “We probably could have done better,” Alon said. “But we will just keep pushing for the race.”
3GT Racing managing partner, Paul Gentilozzi, said qualifying could have been better, but that’s part of racing. “I think we’re faster,” Gentilozzi said. “We know we have fast cars and good long-running cars, so we’re good with today and we’re ready for tomorrow’s race.”
The Chevrolet Sports Car Classic race on Belle Isle begins at 12:40 p.m. Saturday. Sage Karam will co-pilot the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 with Pruett, and Alon will partner with Jack Hawksworth in the No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3.
The race will be broadcast live by IMSA Radio and an also be watched live on FS2-TV.
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.
3GT Racing IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Driver Lineup Completed for Endurance Races
EAST LANSING, Mich. (Dec. 13, 2016) – 3GT Racing has signed four drivers to complete its driver lineup for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s endurance events in 2017.
Austin Cindric, Dominik Farnbacher, Ian James and Gustavo Menezes will join 3GT Racing for the four Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races, which include the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida, Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen and the Petit LeMans powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta.
James and Menezes will share the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 with Sage Karam and Scott Pruett, while Cindric and Farnbacher will team with Robert Alon and James Hawksworth in the No. 15 entry.
Farnbacher said he’s honored to be selected to drive the Lexus RC F GT3 with the 3GT Racing team.
“I did some of the development for this car in Japan and Europe,” he said. “The first race we did with that car was in October and we won the VLN9 race on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. The car has huge potential to be competitive in Daytona and for the rest of the season. Right now, we are focused on the Rolex 24, that is our main goal.”
3GT Racing made its official IMSA debut at a test session at Daytona International Speedway in November, after conducting a number of private sessions, including tests at Atlanta Motorsports Park and Road Atlanta in October.
In addition to Farnbacher’s familiarity with the RC F GT3, Menezes has previous experience racing with Gentilozzi. The California native competed for Gentilozzi’s RSR Racing from 2013 through 2015. Most recently, Menezes captured a LMP2 class victory in the 24 Hours of LeMans this year, and three total WEC victories in 2016.
Cindric became the youngest winner in the history of the IMSA Continental Tire Series in 2015 at age 16, and has earned podium finishes in IMSA, GRC and Pirelli World Challenge. The Ohio native’s diverse racing background also includes victories in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and ARCA Series in 2016. Cindric is the son of Team Penske president Tim Cindric.
James comes to 3GT Racing having previously scored wins in IMSA, Grand-Am and America LeMans Series competition. A native of England, James finished third in the LMP2 class of the 24 Hours of LeMans in 2006. James is now an American citizen and resides in Phoenix, and he garnered the American LeMans Series’ Rookie of the Year honors in 2004.
In addition to his experience driving the RC F GT3 in Europe, Farnbacher brings considerable GT and endurance racing experience to 3GT Racing. He has two wins in the 24 Hours of Daytona – in the GTD class in 2015 and the GTS class in 2005 – and recorded a runner-up finish in the GT2 class of the 24 Hours of LeMans in 2006. Farnbacher drove for the SRT Viper program from 2012 through 2014, and he has wins in IMSA, Grand-Am and the American LeMans Series.
The four endurance drivers will join 3GT Racing for the Roar Before the Rolex 24 test at Daytona International Speedway from Jan. 6 – 8. The RC F GT3 then makes its competition debut in the Rolex 24 at Daytona later that month.
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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.