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3GT Signs Heinemeier Hansson for Lexus GTD Campaign

David Heinemeier Hansson joins 3GT Racing for full-season WeatherTech Championship campaign…

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3GT Racing has signed David Heinemeier Hansson for its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship campaign, with the Dane to team with returning driver Jack Hawksworth in the No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3 for the second year of racing in the GT Daytona class.

Heinemeier Hansson joins the Gentilozzi family-run team after five years in the FIA World Endurance Championship, highlighted by GTE-Am class victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014, as well as the world championship that year.

He most recently was part of Rebellion Racing’s LMP2 effort, although has regularly competed in the long-distance races in North America for various teams, including the former RSR Racing outfit.

“I’ve raced with Paul’s team in LMPC a number of times,” Heinemeier Hansson said. “I’ve always been impressed with the approach, the dedication and the way of going racing that Paul brought to the scene.

“I’m super happy and excited to be with the team for a full season in IMSA and in a car and a set-up and a team that has all the opportunities to run for top honors at Daytona, Sebring and the rest of the championship.”

Gentilozzi added: “David is a true racer at heart, his life is full of accomplishments, and I always know the driving force behind him is winning races. With that in mind we will deliver on that goal together.”

Heinemeier Hansson said he’s particularly looking forward to returning to Daytona with Gentilozzi.

“I’ve raced with Paul at Daytona twice and yet to finish once,” he said. “This time I’m looking forward, not only to the race, but doing better than that.

“It’s such a diverse field. Probably the most diverse category in all of racing. So many manufacturers, so many layouts and setups. IMSA and so many around GT3 have managed to make these cars equal so it gives the category real excitement.

“I’ve raced GTLM, but I haven’t done a race in GTD. I have a lot to learn about ABS brakes and the other particulars of the category. I’m really looking forward to it.”

The team is currently finalizing the remainder of its lineup but has committed to running two Lexus entries for the season, with Hawksworth and the team completing the IMSA-sanctioned test at Daytona earlier this week.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Marc

    December 8, 2017 at 10:59 am

    Welcome back to IMSA full time!

  2. N8

    December 8, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Great news, although it’s a shame not to see him in a prototype.

  3. Mike S

    December 8, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    Just goes to show IMSA has gravitas. Yeah was bummed when he left IMSA for WEC what was then to bigger things. Ebb and flow.

  4. Cactus Tony

    December 8, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    *popcorn emoji*

  5. Jeff Wagner

    December 8, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Great addition! I think people are also just as excited waiting to find out if Smug Krashim loses his ride. There are SO many deserving drivers that conduct themselves as professionals inside the car and out without a ride, make the RIGHT move Paul, John, etc.

    • BoP leveler

      December 10, 2017 at 6:35 pm

      Jeff your post paints you as a goof. Why all hate? Karam is blazing fast and doesn’t crash cars. It looked like Jack and Karam made a mediocre car look respectable this year. If anything, the messy errors and frustration were results from drivers and team pushing the envelope to overcompensate for the package.

      • Forgetaboutit

        December 11, 2017 at 1:45 pm

        Oh cut the fanboy crap. These drivers are supposed to be professionals, and “allowing” them their “messy errors and frustration” due to “pushing the envelope to overcompensate” is pure dumbass thinking. Yeah, right, I get to F-up and possibly hamper another team’s race JUST because my team isn’t up to par. And the other teams truly understand that AND are tolerant of it AND even condone it, because that’s the way racing is conducted today (well that last part is indeed factual despite my original attempt at sarcasm!). Karan brake-checked Legge at VIR and even though it’s only one example, it’s an error/cheap-shot of sufficient magnitude that he should have been sat down for at least one race by the stewards in my never to be humble opinion. It was blatant, stupid, vindictive, dangerous, bull-headed, unprofessional, stupid again, a total loser move that demonstrated his total lack of respect for another competitor that DID NOT run him off the track (watch the video in super slow-mo what don’t you). He drove his own dumbass off the track, and then used the old dirty-tire excuse to explain his dumbassedness.

  6. MBA finally

    December 11, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    Legge got a free pass on a bunch of road rage throughout the season. Her crap at Road America was a horrendous display of driving and lack of self control. Shank should have yanked her seat for the season in that weekend alone. She definitely made the incident with Karam so much worse than it should have been. She had every intention of punting him.

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