Wednesday, March 13, 2019

AIM VASSER SULLIVAN announced today their full driver line-up for the 67th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, presented by Advance Auto Parts, March 13-16 at Sebring International Speedway in Sebring, FL


The No. 12 Lexus RC F GT3 will be manned by Townsend Bell, Frankie Montecalvo and Aaron Telitz while the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 will be campaigned by Jack Hawksworth and Richard Heistand. The team also announced that Philipp Frommenwiler has been confirmed as the third driver of the No. 14 entry.


Bell and Montecalvo will pilot the No. 12 AVS entry in all 11-rounds of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Telitz joining the team for all four of the 2019 IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup events (Rolex 24 At Daytona, Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen and Motul Petit Le Mans).


Hawksworth and Heistand will drive the No. 14 AVS car the entire season. Frommenwiler, who previously raced the Lexus RC F GT3 in three IMSA endurance events during the 2018 season and in Europe’s International GT Open with Emil Frey Racing in 2017, registering four wins, will round-out the No. 14 entry roster for the Sebring race.


“We are pleased to announce that Philipp Frommenwiler will be joining the team for the Twelve Hours of Sebring,” said AVS co-owner Jimmy Vasser. “From his driving record and all accounts I have heard, he will be a solid addition to the team.”


AIM VASSER SULLIVAN, which will campaign two identically prepared Lexus RC F GT3s in all 11-rounds of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, made its debut at the Rolex 24 At Daytona with second (No. 12) and fifth (No. 14) showings in the GTD class.

Townsend Bell:
Sebring is one of my favorite tracks. Rough, old school, and a challenge day and night. The AIM VASSER SULLIVAN team had a productive test day there in the Lexus RC F GT3 working through a number of items and we’re ready to go.”  

Jack Hawksworth:
“I’m looking forward to Sebring. It’s one of my favorite races and the track is obviously much more complicated than Daytona. There’s a lot more turns and it will be a lot hotter so it will be more difficult and bumpy and a bigger task for the drivers and the teams. The Lexus RC F GT3 ran well in the Rolex 24 so hopefully we can continue that momentum going into Sebring.”

Frankie Montecalvo:
“We’re definitely going to come into the Sebring race taking what we learned from the Rolex 24. As a new team, the more track time the better for us, so it was good to test at Sebring a few weeks ago. It was very beneficial. The RC F GT3 felt great. The car has great characteristics and I think it feels even better than it did at Daytona. I’m looking forward to racing at Sebring. I have a lot of history there – some good and some bad, but I’d love to go in with this team and fight for another podium in the Twelve Hours of Sebring.”

Richard Heistand:
“I am from Orlando, so to me, Sebring is my home track. I have only competed there a couple of times but I really like racing there and I know the RC F GT3 is good at Sebring. It’s a proper race track, so I’m excited.

“My second race ever was at Sebring. I took a racing school, ran a regional race, entered the Skip Barber National and the first race was at Sebring in support of the 12-hour event a long time ago. So, now I’m participating in it and it’s just a little over an hour from my house. It’s a special track for me because I raced here from the very beginning.”

Aaron Telitz:
“It’s great to be going to Sebring with the Lexus RC F GT3. I’ve haven’t raced at Sebring in a long time, but I’ve done a lot of testing in Indy Lights and USF2000 cars on the shorter track. It was great to feel the bumps again during our recent test and the speed in Turn 1. It was my first time running turns 1 and 17 in quite some years. It’s just an exciting track. It’s flat in the middle of Florida, but in my opinion one of the more exciting tracks in North America.”

Philipp Frommenwiler:
“I’m very much looking forward to racing for AIM VASSER SULLIVAN and I’m really excited to be back for the 12 Hours of Sebring. It’s my third Sebring race so I have a little experience at the track and I look forward to the new partnership. The team has shown great pace so far with the RC F GT3. The Lexus also showed good pace last year at Sebring, so if we can repeat that we should be in a good position for the race. The team was really strong at Daytona so I’m looking forward to being a part of it and being back in IMSA racing.”