NO. 14 AIM VASSER SULLIVAN LEXUS RC F GT3 FINISHES FIFTH IN SAHLEN’S SIX HOURS OF THE GLEN

Friday, July 5, 2019

Race Summary No. 14 AIM VASSER SULLIVAN Lexus RC F GT3:
The No. 14 AIM VASSER SULLIVAN driven by Jack Hawksworth, Richard Heistand and Philipp Frommenwiler finished fifth today in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen on the iconic 3.4-mile, 11-turn Watkins Glen permanent road course. Starting eighth, the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 quickly moved into the top-five where they remained for the vast majority of the race. They dropped out of the top-five only following a pit stop and were never lower than tenth. The No. 14 AVS entry led four laps (Hawksworth, 2 and Frommenwiler, 2) and if not for a late race incident could easily have finished on the podium. This was the fourth top-five finish in the first five races of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season for the team, which includes two victories, at Mid-Ohio and Detroit.

NO. 14 AIM VASSER SULLIVAN Driver Race Quotes:
Jack Hawksworth:
“It seemed like we were making really good progress during the race and the RC F GT3 seemed fast. I thought it was between us, the 86, the 57 and 8 before the caution came out. The caution came out and I managed to pass the 8 (Ryan Dalziel) on the restart and then I was right there with the 86 (Mario Farnbacher) and 57 (Katherine Legge). Then when we came to pit, I guess everyone just topped off with fuel or something so we cycled out quite far back. After the pit stop, it was very difficult to pass the 44 (Andy Lally) and I had some contact with him which took a big hole out of the front. So, I basically had a sail on the front of the car. I had no straight-line speed, which is a shame. I think I probably would’ve had the speed to gone for at least a podium. It didn’t work out today, but we got some good points and we’ll move on to Canada next weekend.”

Richard Heistand:
“It was really my first experience in an endurance race where we didn’t make any mistakes. We were on pace for a podium and then we just got a caution at the wrong time, which kind of took it away from us. Now I understand how that can go one way or another. That’s just endurance racing. I think we did a good job and had it gone our way a little bit more we would’ve been on the podium. We’ll try again next week in Canada.”

Philipp Frommenwiler:
“It was a pretty tight race today fighting all six hours. I think all of the drivers did a great job. The AIM VASSER SULLIVAN team did a fantastic job. We had a really good setup and unfortunately at the end it was not enough for the podium. We had small damage to the car, but we’ll get them next time. Even though we didn’t finish on the podium it was a very, very good weekend.”

 

NO. 12 AIM VASSER SULLIVAN LEXUS RC F GT3

FINISHES NINTH IN SAHLEN’S SIX HOURS OF THE GLEN

Race Summary No. 12 AIM VASSER SULLIVAN Lexus RC F GT3:
The No. 12 AIM VASSER SULLIVAN Lexus RC F GT3 driven by Townsend Bell, Frankie Montecalvo and Aaron Telitzr finished ninth today in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen. Staring 16th, last in the IMSA WeatherTech GTD field because the team opted to change the engine and did not qualify yesterday, the trio drove a spectacular race overcoming two penalties. They ran in the top-three for a good portion of the race including leading five laps all by Bell. Unfortunately, one of the penalties came in the latter stages of the race dropping them out of contention. However, they preserved and continued to battle earning the fifth top-10 finish of the season, including three top-five showing with two podium performances, in the five races the team has contested this season.

NO. 12 AIM VASSER SULLIVAN Driver Race Quotes:
Townsend Bell:

“I’m really impressed with both of my co-drivers today. They were terrific. Great pace, good decisions and they did some terrific driving out there. I just love racing with all of those guys. We got lucky on the yellow to get ourselves back in the game and then unlucky. A lot of little things turned into big issues today in terms of a couple penalties and just things that were outside of our control. It’s amazing how some little stuff can snowball into bigger issues. We finished on the lead lap, but there’s a lot more to come.”

Frankie Montecalvo:

“It was a great team effort. I felt like the odds were stacked up against us this weekend. The team opted to change an engine, so we skipped qualifying and had to start from the back. We were up there and lead the race. That’s hats off to the whole AIM VASSER SULLIVAN team for the getting us there. I think we just had a little bad luck today, but other than that the team did a phenomenal job and I look forward to going into Canadian Tire Motorsports Park next weekend. It’s one of my favorite tracks and I plan on having a great showing there.”

Aaron Telitz:
“It was a good day. Our car was really quick. We made some great strategy calls early to get up in the top three. We were running in the top three for a lot of the race legitimately on pace and on strategy. The AIM VASSER SULLIVAN guys did such a great job. This Lexus RC F was just great here at Watkins Glen, which is a lovely track to drive. I had a great weekend, personally, but I know the team didn’t get the results that I think we deserved.”

Fast Facts:

In its first 10 starts in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series, AIM VASSER SULLIVAN has now earned, nine top-10 finishes including seven top-five showings, four podium performances and two wins.

The No. 14 AIM VASSER SUILLIAN Lexus RC F GT3 is second in the overall IMSA GTD championship standings with 103 points, just three points out of first. The No. 12 AIM VASSER SULLIVAN Lexus RC F GT3 is third with 102 points, four out of first.

Lexus sits second in the overall GTD manufacturer standings just seven points out of first.

The Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International was the third of four IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup events during the 2019 IMSA season. The No. 12 AVS entry was tied for fifth in the Endurance Cup standings heading into today’s race. The No. 14 entry was tied for seventh. Final IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup points for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen are still pending.

Hawksworth and Heistand lead the new IMSA GTD Sprint Cup point standings following the first two sprint races of the season for the GTD class on the strength of victories at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in May and earlier this month at the Raceway at Belle Isle Park in Detroit. Bell and Montecalvo are tied for third in the Sprint Cup standings.

The Lexus RC F GT3 returned to Watkins Glen International for the third time. Previously, Lexus-powered prototypes won five races at Watkins Glen from 2004 to 2009, including four victories with Hall of Fame racer Scott Pruett when Lexus raced in the Prototype class of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.

Next Race:
The next race for AIM VASSER SULLIVAN will be the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park July 5-7. The race will be broadcast live on NBC Network starting at 1:00 pm (ET) on July7.

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