Its maiden season in the International Motor Sports Association’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series has had its ups and downs. In its four races so far, there have been two top-10 finishes, but also some car problems and mistakes along the way.
“We had a pretty rough Daytona,” said veteran racer Scott Pruett, 57, who will be inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame this summer. “Both our cars ran consistently top-10 in Sebring before we had some issues, [and] I finished sixth in Long Beach,” he said in an interview.
Pruett, who shares driving duties with 22-year-old Sage Karam, came in ninth in this month’s Austin race. Teammates Jack Hawksworth and Robert Alon were four spots behind in the other RC F.
Paul Gentilozzi, a former racer who runs 3GT Racing, which is partnering with Lexus, said the team is preparing the foundation for future wins. “We haven’t had great karma, but we’ve shown competitiveness certainly, and that’s our objective initially,” he said.
David Wilson, president of Toyota Racing Development, acknowledged that turning the Lexus team into a serious contender is going to take some time, not unlike Toyota’s move into NASCAR a decade ago.
“Generally, it takes a little bit of time for us to get our feet underneath us,” he said during an interview at the Austin race. “I tried to make sure that everybody understood that we’re going to battle with brands that have been racing for decades. Let’s moderate our expectations.”