AIM VASSER SULLIVAN CAPTURES SECOND PLACE FOR LEXUS IN INAUGURAL IMSA GTD SPRINT CUP MANUFACTURER’S CHAMPIONSHIP

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Race Summary No. 14 AIM VASSER SULLIVAN Lexus RC F GT3:
AIM VASSER SULLIVAN drivers Jack Hawksworth and Richard Heistand recorded another top-10 finish which secured the second spot in the inaugural IMSA GTD Sprint Cup Manufacturer’s Championship for Lexus. The duo piloted the No. 14 AIM VASSER SULLIVAN Lexus RC F GT 3 to a ninth place finish today in the Monterey SportsCar Grand Prix on the 2.238-mile, 11-turn WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. Heistand qualified ninth and drove the first stint of the race before handing the car over to Hawksworth 46 minutes into the 2:40 contest in 11th place. Hawksworth drove the final two stints picking up the two spots including one with just over two minutes left in the race which secured the second place championship finish. The AVS No. 14 finished runner-up in the Sprint Cup team championship while Hawksworth and Heistand placed third in the final Sprint Cup driver points.

NO. 14 AIM VASSER SULLIVAN Driver Race Quote:
Jack Hawksworth:

“It’s always a delight to come to Laguna Seca. Lexus has a big presence at the track and a lot of people are here supporting us. It was a really nice feeling to drive around the track and see all of the Lexus banners and all of the people who were here to support our AIM VASSER SULLIVAN team. Unfortunately, in the race we struggled for some speed, but we kept plugging away and kept digging. We ended up coming away ninth in the race, but second in the Sprint Cup Manufacturer’s championship. It shows our performance has been strong all year with the AIM VASSER SULLIVAN Lexus RC F GT3s and I’m really happy to be a part of it.”

 

NO. 12 AIM VASSER SULLIVAN LEXUS RC F GT3 VICTIM OF EARLY RACE INCIDENT

Race Summary No. 12 AIM VASSER SULLIVAN Lexus RC F GT3:
Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo were the victims of an early race incident that damaged the front of the car eventually forcing them to pit for repairs and dropping them out of contention. Montecalvo, who qualified 11th, started the race and was immediately on the move. He got as high as ninth and was running in 10th place before turning the No. 12 AVS Lexus RC F GT3 over to Bell. Bell fought his way into eighth place, but with only 40 minutes left in the race pitted when the hood of the car came loose as a result of the earlier incident. He rejoined the race in 11th place, but two laps down. The 11th place finish put Bell and Montecalvo seventh in the final Sprint Cup team and driver standings.

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

“It was a tough day for the No. 12 AIM VASSER SULLIVAN team. We gave it our all. It just wasn’t there today. It’s disappointing because this is my home track and I have a lot a fond memories of this place.  It’s also the home track now for Lexus, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. The AVS team will just keep working hard and see what we can do at Road Atlanta.”

 

Fast Facts:

Lexus is fourth in the overall GTD manufacturer standings with 254 points, just 15 points out of first.

The No. 12 AIM VASSER SULLIVAN Lexus RC F GT3 (drivers Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo) is sixth in the overall IMSA GTD championship standings with 216 points. The No. 14 AIM VASSER SUILLIAN Lexus RC F GT3 (drivers Jack Hawksworth and Richard Heistand) is seventh with 215 points.

In the first 10 races (20 starts) of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Series, AIM VASSER SULLIVAN has earned two victories (Mid-Ohio and Detroit), five podiums, nine top-five finishes and 15 top-10 showings.

The No. 14 AIM VASSER SULLIVAN Lexus RC F GT3 has both of the team’s wins, five top-five, seven top-10 finishes in the first nine races of the season. No. 12 AVS Lexus RC F GT3 has three podium finishes, four top-five showings and eight top-10 placements.

After three of the four IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup events during the 2019 IMSA season the No. 12 AVS entry is tied for sixth in the Endurance Cup standings. The No. 14 entry is tied for ninth. The final Endurance Cup event will be the Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta in Atlanta, Georgia on October, 12.

The Monterey SportsCar Grand Prix was the seventh and final sprint race on the 2019 schedule before closing out the season in the 10-hour Petit Le Mans endurance event at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on October 12.

Next Race:
Next up for AIM VASSER SULLIVAN will be the Motul Petit Le Mans, October 9-12 on the 2.54-mile, 12-turn Michelin Raceway Road America permanent road course in Braselton, Georgia. The race will be broadcast on October 12 starting on NBC from 12:00 to 3:00 pm (EDT), then NBC Sports from 3:00 to 5:30 pm (EDT) and concluding on NBCSN from 5:30 to 10:30 pm (EDT).

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