Lexus Racing returned to the Rolex 24 at Daytona this weekend for the start of the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship season, with two RC F GT3 race cars run by the 3GT Racing team.
After climbing to a tandem second and third place in the GTD Class for the first two hours of the race, a software mapping issue forced both RC F GT3s to hold in the infield to avoid a time penalty. This pushed the #15 RC F back to 10th place and the #14 to the 20th. From this moment on, both teams were unable to make up much ground. The #15 RC F finished 9th in class and the #14 RCF finished 15th.
As the final race for driver Scott Pruett, the results are disappointing — a better finish would have been a well-deserved conclusion to Pruett’s illustrious career. At the same time, both teams showed remarkable consistency both before and after the unfortunate technical error. Omit this single stretch of time, and Lexus could have had two cars on the GTD podium.
(Lexus Enthusiast editor Kevin Watts was in attendance for the race in Daytona, staying up for all but three hours of the 24 hour race. Check out our ongoing Instagram story, and look for our follow-up feature once he recovers.)