The AIM with Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3 team has rounded out its first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship roster with three Americans and one New Zealander.
The North Carolina-based outfit will place Jeff Segal and Aaron Telitz in the No. 12 Lexus, helmed by Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo for the 11-round season, with Telitz signing for the four Michelin Endurance Cup races and Segal for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
With AVS, Telitz will add sports car racing to an impressive junior open-wheel career that included the 2016 Pro Mazda championship on the Mazda Road To Indy, and multiple wins in Indy Lights. In Segal, Bell and Montecalvo have a familiar teammate to rely upon whose success in GT racing should make the No. 12 entry one of the stronger efforts in IMSA’s GT Daytona category at the Rolex 24.
The No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 piloted by Jack Hawksworth and Richard Heistand will have Kiwi Nick Cassidy and returning Lexus driver Austin Cindric, who competed with the former 3GT Lexus program in 2018, in the car for the Rolex 24. AVS has yet to name a specific driver for the three remaining endurance rounds with the No. 14.
Cassidy has built an impressive résumé in Japan, winning championships in Formula 3 and Super GT where he races a Lexus LC500. Cindric, one of the most accomplished young drivers in North America, has raced in everything from USF2000 to LMP2 to Global Rallycross, and will embark on his first full-time campaign in NASCAR’s Xfinity Series after the Rolex 24.