The 3GT Racing No.14 Lexus RC F GT3 recorded an eighth-place result in the GTD class in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Road America with drivers Robert Alon and Sage Karam. Along drove the opening stint.
“It was pretty hectic, but really fun." said Alon "I got up to like fifth or sixth and then someone kind of dive-bombed me, pushed me out and I lost a couple spots, but overall I think we should have been fighting for the podium 100 percent. I think we would have been in fourth place fighting for the podium, but something happened – some miscommunication, I’m not sure exactly what happened – but I think we had a good day. Sage (Karam) drove well and a top-10 finish, so we can’t be too mad.”
Once Karam took over driving duties it looked for a while there might be a podium finish for the team until an ill-timed caution period caught the team in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“So close to catching the yellow at the right time." said Karam "I don’t know what happened. I thought we did, but we didn’t and for some reason – I don’t know why – it ended up taking us from a potential podium to back to 10th and 11th for both cars, so unfortunate, you know? We just need some luck. The Lexus race cars are quick. They’re definitely fast and we’ve got to make our own luck. We can’t rely on others and just frustrating because the car is quick, the team is working well and everything is clicking – just luck. I don’t know. We’re so close to just getting on the podium and it’s just disappointing that something keeps us out of it. Some of the stuff is on us. Some of the stuff is not on us. I think this – I think today – we did everything we could.”
The No.15 Lexus RC F GT3 finished 10th in class on the Wisconsin road course with drivers Jack Hawksworth and Scott Pruett. During the race Hawksworth turned the fastest lap in the GTD class, a lap of 2:07.399 on the 4.048-mile, 14 turn circuit.
“The end result is just not representative of the Lexus cars we had or what the team did this week." said Hawksworth "We’ve had great cars all year. The guys have done a really good job with the performance of the cars. On a few occasions being a new team and stuff, we’ve hurt ourselves with incidents on the track, with incidents in the pits, but today everything ran absolutely clockwork I think for both cars – the 14 and the 15 – but certainly on our side. Scott (Pruett) did a fantastic job on the first stint. He looked after the tires well. He brought the car to me in fourth or five, got out of the pits, good stint, car was a little loose, but very fast. Still able to run with (Jorg) Bergmeister and settle into second and just looking after the tires and we came in for that last stop perfect time under green just before it went yellow, which normally means you’ve hit the lottery, so I thought, ‘Okay, great. Either way yellow or green, we’ve got a really fast car, so I’m going to be in the hunt to win this race right now,’ and then the red light came on at the end of pit lane and stopped myself and the 14 Lexus – well the 14 I think got out, but he still got it because they then wouldn’t let us take the wave around for whatever reason. They seemed confused about the rules and we’ll see what they say, but we did everything right today – the pit stops were on point, the car was good, we had some moments with the tires, but we managed it well and then we made the adjustments for the final run, the car was fast – the fastest lap of the race. Everything we could control today we did and we did it perfectly and managed everything perfectly.”
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