EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN (May 2, 2018) — 3GT Racing will have a change in sponsorship for the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 for the first sprint race of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season at Mid-Ohio.
The No. 14, with drivers Dominik Baumann and Kyle Marcelli, will sport new sponsorship logos representing the Allegheny Health Network’s Autoimmunity Institute, the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc. (AARDA) and the Race for RP (relapsing polychondritis).
“The AHN Autoimmunity Institute is a major step forward towards achieving our goal of having medical providers bringing a coordinated approach for the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune disease,” said Virginia T. Ladd, president and executive director of AARDA. Marcelli has been an ambassador for AARDA since 2016 and wears the logo on his helmet.
There are more than a hundred autoimmune diseases impacting nearly 50 million Americans. Patients often must be seen by multiple doctors and specialists before being correctly diagnosed and beginning treatment. Marcelli said it is an honor to promote the work.
“I have worked closely with AARDA for a couple of years and it is impressive to see how much progress is being made through their efforts,” Marcelli said. “I’m happy to promote the unprecedented work of AHN.”
The AHN Autoimmunity Institute has opened its doors to patients with a wide variety of autoimmune disease at its primary base in Pittsburgh, at the West Penn Hospital. The Institute combines multispecialty care with cutting-edge research, patient education and advocacy to advance the treatment of autoimmune diseases and accelerate discovery of a cure.
“With this unprecedented venture, we need to be innovative in our communication program,” said Dr. Joseph Ahearn, Chair of the Institute. Dr. Susan Manzi, Chair of the AHN Medicine Institute and Director of the Lupus Center of Excellence in the AHN AI said: “We were pleased to learn of Kyle’s success as an ambassador for AARDA and his ability to reach the public and generate awareness for the need for autoimmune disease care and research. We are delighted to be on board with Kyle and his team.”
As sponsors, Allegheny Health Network will be branded on the doors of the Lexus RC F GT3 No. 14 and the AARDA and Race for RP logos will be on the side and rear quarter panel. 3GT Racing’s Managing Partner, Paul Gentilozzi, said the team is happy to welcome the trio as sponsors for this weekend’s race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
“We know Kyle has worked closely with these organizations and believes strongly in the work they do,” Gentilozzi said. “We look forward to helping them, through motorsports, raise awareness about their efforts.”
The Mid-Ohio race begins at 1 p.m. on Sunday, May 6. The race will stream live on FSGO with FS2 authentication. Or listen with live commentary via IMSA.com, RadioLeMans.com and Sirius XM Radio.
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. https://3gt-racing.com/
About AHN Autoimmunity Institute
The AHN Autoimmunity Institute is an unprecedented venture focused on advancing the diagnosis, treatment, prevention and cure of all autoimmune diseases. The Institute’s focus is on improved outcomes, increased patient satisfaction and quality of life, and decreased cost of care, through collaborative multispecialty care, cutting-edge research, advocacy and education in attacking these chromic diseases. https://www.ahn.org/specialties/autoimmunity-institute
The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association is dedicated to the eradication of autoimmune diseases and the alleviation of suffering and the socioeconomic impact of autoimmunity through fostering and facilitating collaboration in the areas of education, public awareness, research, and patient services in an effective, ethical and efficient manner. https://www.aarda.org/
About Race for RP
Race for RP supports research, awareness programs, and care for those who are affected by relapsing polychondritis (“RP”) and related diseases. RP is a rare, debilitating, and in some cases, fatal disease that attacks the patient’s cartilage, including in the ears, nose, joints, and lungs.