Newly crowned European Le Mans Series LMP3 champions Sean Rayhall and John Falb will complete HART’s lineup for next month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, the team has confirmed, joining the previously announced Chad Gilsinger and Ryan Eversley at the wheel of its Acura NSX GT3.
The pairing will make their GT Daytona class debuts in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-opener, as part of the Ohio-based squad’s maiden race in top-level IMSA competition.
“The Rolex 24 is one of my favorite events with the most iconic trophy in all of motorsports, the Rolex Daytona,” Falb said.
“Going for the win with Chad, Ryan, and Sean is going to be a blast and those guys are all super-fast. HART spent all of last year refining the Acura NSX and I am confident we will have a great package when we get to the ROAR.”
Rayhall added: “Being best friends with Ryan Eversley, I heard so many great things about this team over the years and I feel fortunate to be joining them with their new Acura NSX GT3.
“I feel like we have a very strong lineup from Eversley’s previous success with Acura, all of Gilsinger’s experience with the team, as well as John Falb coming off his first championship overseas.”
The team, which has committed to a Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup program, has spent the last month prepping its Acura for the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic, while also revealing the car’s livery (pictured above).
“69 was our team number the last time HART won a professional championship,” Gilsinger said. “We are hoping it brings some good luck moving forward and now that we have a solid driver lineup locked in I am very eager to get down to Florida, and out of this cold rainy weather of Ohio.”
HART’s entry will be one of at least three Acura GTD entries on the grid at Daytona, with Michael Shank Racing returning with its two cars, albeit now as a customer effort.
Members of HART, including Gilsinger and team manager Kurt Baker, assisted the fellow Ohio-based team this year in its first season with the mid-engined sports car.