3GT Racing’s No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3 finished 7th in the GTD class with drivers Jack Hawksworth and Robert Alon. The No. 14, with drivers Sage Karam and Scott Pruett, finished 12th. The NorthEast Grand Prix at Lime Rock was the 8th race in the 2017 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series.
Paul Gentilozzi, 3GT Racing managing partner, said he was proud of the way the drivers drove and proud of the pit stops.
“We lost a millimeter of restrictor, which is 20 horsepower, so we couldn’t pass anybody,” Gentilozzi said. “We used good strategy, good technique but we lost 10 seconds in the pit because of series mandated fuel filling.”
Jack Hawksworth qualified the No. 15 in fourth position, but a change before race time allowed the No. 15 to start in third. In the first hour of the race, Hawksworth commanded the GTD lead for 29 laps. The No. 15 co-driver, Robert Alon, said he had hoped to continue at the front of the pack after the first driver change, but it just didn’t work out.
“We are doing pretty well overall,” Alon said. “Jack led for quite a few laps, we had a great pace going, we just didn’t get the ending that we wanted.”
Hawksworth said those early laps felt great. He loved having the lead, but a bit of splitter damage seemed to slow the car and after the driver change, there was little passing power.
“It was a good day, but it wasn’t quite the end we hoped for,” Hawksworth said. “Considering our rough start in practice one and then the progress we made throughout the weekend, it was ok.”
The No. 15 car started the race with Karam behind the wheel.
“We didn’t have a great balance at the beginning of the race,” Karam said. “But I really went for it and passed 5 cars in the first laps. We had a great start, but then Scott got in and something broke on the tire rim. We lost that lap and just couldn’t get it back, then the hood broke. We had gremlins today. We should have been in the top five, but we had gremlins.”
Pruett said he thought the beginning of the race went well, but the good start quickly faded after the pit and driver change. “Everything was going great, the driver change was picture perfect,” he said. “Then I got into the car and it wouldn’t turn. I had to come in for another lap and we just never got it back. I’m so frustrated for the team and for Lexus, because we are just knocking on the door.”
Next up for the 3GT Racing team is Road America in Elkhart, Wisc.
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.