“It’s such an excellent observe for Lexus that Lexus determined to call the race after itself.”
The phrases of Aaron Telitz couldn’t ring more true because the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship heads to Mid-Ohio Sports activities Automobile Course this weekend for the fifth spherical of the 2022 season. Lexus just lately acquired entitlement rights to what’s now often known as the Lexus Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio — and with good purpose.
The producer collected its first WeatherTech Championship victory at Mid-Ohio in 2018, the primary of three consecutive GT Daytona (GTD) wins on the two.258-mile, 13-turn highway course. Lexus’ streak was damaged final yr on the observe when Telitz and co-driver Frankie Montecalvo completed second within the No. 12 Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3.
“We’ve had a lot of success there previously,” Telitz mentioned. “It’s an awesome observe for the Lexus RC F GT3 automotive and our Vasser Sullivan staff has carried out effectively there previously. … I do know our profitable streak ended there final yr however we are able to begin it over once more this yr.”
Telitz, who received at Mid-Ohio in 2020 when he was paired with Jack Hawksworth within the No. 14 Vasser Sullivan entry, mentioned the character of the circuit within the rolling hills of Lexington, Ohio, performs into the strengths of the Lexus.
“The corners are all fairly flowing. There’s not numerous stop-and-start corners, which is type of our massive concern once we’ve obtained to speed up from a extremely low pace,” he mentioned. “It’s a observe that simply flows. Each nook simply flows into the following one and our weakest the place the slowest corners — the Carousel and the Keyhole – are nonetheless corners that you just’re rolling numerous pace round. … I believe that performs a giant half into it.”
Vasser Sullivan and Lexus may have two bullets within the GTD chamber this weekend. The staff break up its two-car operation for the 2022 season, operating one every in GTD (the No. 12 for Telitz and Montecalvo) and the brand new GTD PRO class (the No. 14 for Hawksworth and Ben Barnicoat). Since GTD PRO shouldn’t be on this system this weekend, the staff has entered Hawksworth and Richard Heistand within the No. 17 Lexus in what Telitz termed as a “wingman” automotive.
“Anytime you may have two vehicles on the identical staff, whether or not we run totally different methods every automotive, you’re simply type of maximizing your probabilities for an excellent end for Lexus,” Telitz mentioned. “It’s to provide Lexus one of the best likelihood to have an excellent end.”
Tickets to attend in particular person are nonetheless accessible at midohio.com. WeatherTech Championship practices are scheduled for 4 p.m. ET Friday and 9 a.m. Saturday. Qualifying streams reside at 1:15 p.m. Saturday on IMSA.com/TVLive.
Sunday’s race airs reside at 2 p.m. on USA Community and IMSA Radio.