Parker Thompson will step up to a full season drive with Vasser Sullivan in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, having been confirmed as Frankie Montecalvo’s co-driver in the No. 12 Lexus RC F GT3.
The former Porsche Carrera Cup North America champion, who joined the Lexus squad in a Michelin Endurance Cup-only capacity this year, swaps roles with Aaron Telitz, who will now be the third driver for the five long-distance rounds.
In addition to his Endurance Cup role in the 2022 season, Thompson also contested the Pirelli GT4 America and selected Michelin Pilot Challenge series races this year at the wheel of Toyota GR Supra GT4s, winning in both series.
“After a decade of grinding my way up the ladder, it is a dream come true to earn a full-time position in this world- renowned sports car championship with such an esteemed team,” Thompson said.
“The opportunity to continue to represent Vasser Sullivan and Lexus is something I don’t take lightly.
“I’m hungrier than ever to build off the success we had last year, especially when I get to drive with a stud like Frankie Montecalvo all season long.
“It’s also fantastic to have proven winner Aaron Telitz join us for the endurance rounds, and keep the continuity that led to the team’s successful finish in 2023.
“It’s incredible how fast your career can change when you are surrounded with good people, and you can’t find a better group of people than Sulli, Jimmy, Jeff Bal, and all of the men and women behind our Lexus RC F GT3. I can’t thank them enough.”
Jeff Bal, senior manager of Lexus motorsports added: “Aaron and Frankie have both been key partners of ours behind the wheel of the RC F GT3, and we’re excited to see a young, up-and-coming talent like Parker competing full-time in the Lexus next season.
“All three drivers were a part of the program’s historic double win at Watkins Glen last season and we’re confident they will chase more wins and the GTD class championship in 2024.”
The team has yet to announce its fourth driver for the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.