2021 Lexus Coupe Type.
Lexus feels that it has “earned the suitable” to aim within the new GTD Professional stylish afterwards the background laid with its race-winning GTD affairs in accordance with the model’s motorsports administrator Jeff Bal.
The affluence automaker is about for a dual-category IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship accomplishment with Vasser Sullivan, and the aboriginal full-factory affairs with the Lexus RC F GT3 in its affairs historical past within the new-for-2022 class.
Longtime Lexus department disciplinarian Jack Hawksworth has been abutting within the No. 14 Lexus by ex-McLaren ace Ben Barnicoat for the abounding season, with anew minted NTT IndyCar Collection disciplinarian Kyle Kirkwood commutual the calendar for the Michelin Endurance Cup races.
After bristles seasons of antagonism within the Professional-Am-enforced GTD class, Bal stated GTD Professional presents addition “alternative” for Lexus to authenticate its spine within the production-based ranks in IMSA competitors.
“There’s a variety of motion congenital in regards to the commercial of the brand new class,” he advised Sportscar365.
“I anticipate John [Doonan] and the IMSA aggregation settle for executed an aberrant job bringing as abounding opponents in as they’ve.
“It’s apparently not article we initially checked out. Clearly we’re antagonism within the GTD class. It’s the abutting to the achievement automobiles we physique and promote at our dealerships.
“It’s one of many few precise [classes] space we haven’t had a championship turning into but. That’s a giant accord for us.
“The GTD Professional stylish is addition befalling for us to authenticate the capabilities of the automobile