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.

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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.

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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.

Team Lexus Gazoo Racing
Vehicle / Class Lexus RC / SP3T (planned)
Main Specifications Engine 2.0-liter turbo
Transmission Automatic Transmission
Tires Bridgestone
Driver Takuto 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.

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Team No. Driver
3GT Racing 14 Scott Pruett (U.S.)
Sage Karam (U.S.)
15 Jack 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.

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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.

Class Team Vehicle No. Driver Tires
GT500 Lexus Team Sard Denso Kobelco Sard LC 500 1 Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) BS
Kohei Hirate (Japan)
Lexus Team LeMans Wako’s Wako’s 4CR LC 500 6 Kazuya Oshima (Japan) BS
Andrea Caldarelli (Italy)
Lexus Team WedsSport Bandoh WedsSport ADVAN LC 500 19 Yuhi Sekiguchi (Japan) YH
Yuji Kunimoto (Japan)
Lexus Team au Tom’s au Tom’s LC 500 36 Kazuki Nakajima (Japan) BS
James Rossiter (UK)
Lexus Team KeePer Tom’s KeePer Tom’s LC 500 37 Ryo Hirakawa (Japan) BS
Nick Cassidy (New Zealand)
Lexus Team Zent Cerumo Zent Cerumo LC 500 38 Yuji Tachikawa (Japan) BS
Hiroaki Ishiura (Japan)

Learn more: Motorsport milestones of Lexus

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