Lexus RC F GT3 set for American race debut

As the spearhead of a new global racing effort that began in earnest this year, the Lexus RC F GT3 has already shown its competitive nature in the GT300 and GT500 classes of Japan’s Super GT series and the FIA-sanctioned GT3 class in Europe.

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Announcement of the programme’s expansion into the United States in 2016 was revealed today at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, Nevada. As an event dedicated to the multi-billion dollar tuning and styling industry, it was an appropriate venue to reveal the newly formed F Performance Racing team and dazzling race vehicle based on the production Lexus RC F high-performance coupe.

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Veteran driver and road racing legend Scott Pruett has been signed to pilot the RC F GT3 and will apply his wealth of experience during the vehicle development phase. Beyond his on-track feats, Pruett was an integral part of the development and global promotion of both the Lexus LFA supercar and the Lexus IS F performance saloon. Meanwhile, the F Performance Racing team will be managed by multiple championship winner and racing patriarch Paul Gentilozzi.

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The 2016 season will begin with a limited schedule, the team’s primary focus being to gather data and track experience to propel the programme into a full schedule and multi-vehicle effort for the 2017/18 season. The specific series that the team will compete in will be announced soon.

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“An opportunity to reunite with North America’s greatest sports car driver and a globally prestigious brand validating their performance potential is a racer’s dream,” commented Gentilozzi. “One that would put an exclamation point on anyone’s motorsports career.”

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