AIM Vasser Sullivan has added the experienced Philipp Frommenwiler to the lineup of its No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3 for this weekend’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The 29-year-old Swiss joins regulars Jack Hawksworth and Richard Heistand in the GTD-class contender, which finished fifth in last month’s Rolex Daytona 24 Hour.
Frommenwiler has considerable Lexus experience, appearing three times in IMSA endurance events last year as a follow-up to a winning 2017 season in Europe’s International GT Open with Emil Frey Racing.
“I’m very much looking forward to racing for [AVS] and I’m really excited to be back for the 12 Hours of Sebring,” said Frommenwiler. “It’s my third Sebring race so I have experience at the track, and I look forward to the new partnership.
“The Lexus showed good pace last year at Sebring, so if we can repeat that we should be in a good position for the race. The team was really strong at Daytona, so I’m looking forward to being a part of it and being back in IMSA racing.”
AVS’ pair of Lexus RC F GT3s will be at all 11 rounds of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Hawksworth and Heistand the regulars in the No. 14, and NBC commentator Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo paired in the No. 12 which finished second at Daytona.
Aaron Telitz assisted in that runner-up finish, joining Bell and Montecalvo as third driver in the four longer-distance Michelin Endurance Cup events, including Sebring this weekend.
“I haven’t raced at Sebring in a long time,” Telitz said, “but I’ve done a lot of testing in Indy Lights and USF2000 cars on the shorter track, and it’s great to be going there with the Lexus. It’s just an exciting track. It’s flat in the middle of Florida, but in my opinion, it’s one of the more exciting tracks in North America.”
“Sebring is one of my favorite tracks,” added Bell. “Rough, old school, and a challenge day and night. [Our] team had a very productive test day there, working through a number of items, and we’re ready to go [this weekend].”