Lexus and AIM Vasser Sullivan (AVS) Racing are gearing up for the 2019 season second round of IMSA GTD racing at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in central Florida on Saturday 16 March starting at 10:40 AM.
Given the race’s extended length (second only to the season-opening 24 Hours of Daytona), a third driver has been recruited for each of the two Lexus RC F GT3 racers. Full-season drivers Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo will team up in the No. 12 Lexus with two-time Indy Lights race winner Aaron Telitz; while the No. 14 Lexus will see full-season drivers Jack Hawksworth and Richard Heistand joined by Philipp Frommenwiler.
Lexus currently ranks second in the IMSA GTD manufacturer point standings following top-five finishes for both AIM Vasser Sullivan RC F GT3 entries in the first round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Daytona. The AVS No. 12 team currently ranks second in the GTD driver and team championship points, while the AVS No. 14 team sits fifth in the standings.
Diehard Toyota and Lexus motorsports enthusiasts with lots of stamina and little need for sleep should note that the 12 Hours of Sebring is actually the second of two events comprising the so-called SuperSebring Weekend, which will also see the Toyota TS050 LMP1 racers compete in the 6th round of the FIA World Endurance Championship’s 2018-2019 “super season”. The “1000 Miles of Sebring” will take place on Friday 15 March from 4 PM to Midnight.
More information, including U.S. telecast scheduling is included in a Lexus USA Newsroom release.