Lexus 2019 Motorsports Schedule

Lexus LC Nürburgring

Lexus has announced its motorsports activities for 2019, and it’s a full calendar of racing around the world. Let’s break down the action.

Super GT

2019 will mark the final season for the Lexus LC GT500 before its replacement by the Toyota Supra in 2020. A article details the rationale behind a number of driver changes outlined below:

Team Car Drivers
LeMans Wako’s Wako’s 4CR LC500 #6 Kazuya Oshima & Kenta Yamashita
WedsSport Bandoh WedsSport ADVAN LC500 #19 Yuji Kunimoto & Sho Tsuboi
au TOM’S au TOM’S LC500 #36 Kazuki Nakajima & Yuhi Sekiguchi
KeePer TOM’S KeePer TOM’S LC500 #37 Ryo Hirakawa & Nick Cassidy
Zent Cerumo Zent Cerumo LC500 #38 Yuji Tachikawa & Hiroaki Ishiura
Sard Denso Kobelco Sard LC500 #39 Heikki Kovalainen & Yuichi Nakayama

Lexus LC Super GT

There will be a trio of GT300 Lexus RC F GT3 racers in contention:

Team Car Drivers
Panther arto Team Thailand arto RC F GT3 #35 Drivers to be determined
LM corsa SYNTIUM LMcorsa RC F GT3 #60 Hiroki Yoshimoto & Ritomo Miyata
K-tunes Racing K-tunes RC F GT3 #96 Morio Nitta & Sena Sakaguchi

24 Hours of Nürburgring Endurance Race

A Lexus LC will compete for the second year in a row in the SP-Pro class. This marks the 13th year of participation for Lexus in Germany’s signature endurance race, which this year will take place on June 22-23. Drivers are Takeshi Tsuchiya, Takamitsu Matsui, Naoya Gamo, and Yuichi Nakayama.

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (GTD Class)

Lexus RC F GT3

For the 2019 season, Lexus’ U.S. GT3 Customer Motorsports program moved from 3GT Racing to the AIM Vasser Sullivan team. Their two-vehicle effort features the #12 car with full-time drivers Townsend Bell & Frankie Montecalvo (whose third place podium finish at the 2019 24 Hours of Daytona was Lexus’ best U.S. GT3 result to date) and the #14 car with full-time drivers Jack Hawksworth & Richard Heistand.

Blancpain GT Series Europe

European GT3 Customer Motorsports also sees a change in Lexus teams, as Emil Frey Racing moves on from Lexus to Lamborghini. Picking up the Lexus mantle is Panis-Barthez Competition and Tech 1 Racing.The number of entries and the identity of its drivers will be revealed ahead of the upcoming Blancpain GT Series test days on March 13-14.