Vasser Sullivan Racing has confirmed that it will enter one Lexus RC F GT3 in IMSA’s new GTD Pro category, alongside a single GTD entry in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year.
As previously reported by Sportscar365, the Jimmy Vasser and James ‘Sulli’ Sullivan-owned operation had been evaluating a split GTD class approach following the alignment of technical and sporting regulations for the two GT3-based categories that was announced last month.
Drivers for the returning two-car operation have yet to be announced.
Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz currently co-drive the team’s No. 14 Lexus, with Silver-rated Frankie Montecalvo alongside Zach Veach in the No. 12 entry.
“In three seasons together Vasser Sullivan and Lexus have shown enthusiasts what the RC F GT3 is capable of,” said Sullivan.
“Our partnership with Lexus is based on trust, and together, we’re energized to be launching an assault on the newly formed GTD Pro class, and renewing our commitment to winning a GTD class championship.
“The opportunity to compete in both classes will showcase the combined strength of both Lexus performance and Vasser Sullivan.”
Vasser Sullivan becomes the first team to officially announce GTD Pro plans, although Corvette Racing, BMW Team RLL, Pfaff Motorsports, Team Hardpoint as well as one or multiple Lamborghini entrants are all expected to be on the grid next year.
“We’re excited to compete in GTD Pro with Vasser Sullivan and can’t wait to run the Lexus RC F GT3 against some of our most storied competitors,” said Lexus Motorsports manager Jeff Bal.
“Jimmy and Sulli have done an incredible job in GTD and we are excited to partner with them next season in the new GTD Pro class.”