In his typical age-defying ways, Scott Pruett is busy outrunning time as he prepares to embark upon his 50th year of racing as part of the 3GT Racing IMSA team.
“In 2018, it will make 50 years that I’ve been racing,” Pruett told RACER. “My first race, which was in a kart, was in Lodi, California, in 1968 when I was eight years old. It’s a pretty big year for me coming up, and I know there aren’t many of us who can say they’ve been doing this continually for all these decades.”
Pruett, who will turn 58 in March, is set to drive a 3GT Lexus RC F GT3 for January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. And while he isn’t sure what his full racing schedule will look like in 2018, the Californian will go for yet another Rolex 24 win – all while saying ‘hi’ to his family at home – with a program he helped create for the Japanese brand.
“I am training and working hard as I always do for Daytona, I’ll be in a Lexus, and that’s all I can say right now,” Pruett told RACER. “All of the components aren’t worked out, and as a team, they don’t have all their components together on what’s happening, but I know I’ll be in Daytona and we have almost two months until we race next at Sebring to see where things go for my schedule.”
An early crash at the 2017 Rolex 24 put Pruett’s Lexus out of the race before it could show its pace. Ongoing work with Toyota Racing Development to ready the RC F GT3s for their sophomore run at Daytona will hopefully leave Pruett and the team with a more rewarding outcome.
“I’ve been spending a lot of time at TRD, doing sim work, because last year at Daytona was tough,” he said. “We didn’t have a lot of miles under our belt, and I think we’re going to be in a great place when we go back with all we have learned.”