Lexus announces its 2017 motorsport programme

Lexus appreciates that nothing conveys the anticipation and excitement of driving as effectively as motorsport. More than simply providing an amazing experience, however, motorsport directly contributes to the development and technologies of future road-going models.


With that in mind, what fields of motorsport does Lexus compete in? Please scroll down for an outline of Lexus’s recently announced motorsport programme for the remainder of 2017, as well as the specific teams and drivers that will be at the sharp end of these activities.

Click on the bold subheadings to learn more about the individual event or series.

24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race

The 24 Hours of Nürburgring plays a significant role in the future development of Lexus road vehicles and technologies, as well as the ongoing training of our engineers and team-members.

24h Nurburgring Lexus (13)

This year’s event, held on 25-28 May, will mark our 11th year of participation, as well as the third consecutive time that Lexus will have entered with a Lexus RC coupe.

TeamLexus Gazoo Racing
Vehicle / ClassLexus RC / SP3T (planned)
Main SpecificationsEngine2.0-liter turbo
TransmissionAutomatic Transmission
DriverTakuto Iguchi (Japan)
Takamitsu Matsui (Japan)
Naoya Gamo (Japan)
Employee driver (TBD)

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

Lexus has supplied two Lexus RC F GT3 models to the 3GT Racing team, which will compete in the GTD class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series.


3GT Racing14Scott Pruett (U.S.)
Sage Karam (U.S.)
15Jack Hawksworth (UK)
Robert Alon (U.S.)

Super GT

Regarded as one of Japan’s most exciting and influential motorsport series, Super GT is dominated by manufacturer-supported teams. Within the top GT500 class, Lexus has delivered six new, carbon fibre bodied Lexus LC 500 models (as below) to six separate teams. Each of these vehicles comply with new technical regulations brought into force this year.


Within the lower GT300 class, Lexus is also supporting the LM corsa team with the #60 Lexus RC F GT3, driven by Akida Iida and Hiroki Yoshimoto.

GT500Lexus Team SardDenso Kobelco Sard LC 5001Heikki Kovalainen (Finland)BS
Kohei Hirate (Japan)
Lexus Team LeMans Wako’sWako’s 4CR LC 5006Kazuya Oshima (Japan)BS
Andrea Caldarelli (Italy)
Lexus Team WedsSport BandohWedsSport ADVAN LC 50019Yuhi Sekiguchi (Japan)YH
Yuji Kunimoto (Japan)
Lexus Team au Tom’sau Tom’s LC 50036Kazuki Nakajima (Japan)BS
James Rossiter (UK)
Lexus Team KeePer Tom’sKeePer Tom’s LC 50037Ryo Hirakawa (Japan)BS
Nick Cassidy (New Zealand)
Lexus Team Zent CerumoZent Cerumo LC 50038Yuji Tachikawa (Japan)BS
Hiroaki Ishiura (Japan)

Learn more: Motorsport milestones of Lexus

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