In a race delayed by approximately 40 minutes due to inclement weather, the No. 14 AIM VASSER SULLIVAN Lexus RC F GT3 piloted by Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz had a stellar race winning the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Daytona GTD class. Telitz who signed with the team last week for the remainder of the season made his first IMSA qualifying effort and put the car second on the starting grid. He immediately took the lead, which the team held for the entire race except during pits stops. Telitz built a gap to the field before handing the car over to Hawksworth who drove the final two stints extending the lead and cruising to the finish line. The win was Hawksworth’s fourth in IMSA competition and third for AVS (won at Mid-Ohio and Detroit last year). It was Telitz’s first IMSA victory. The No. 14 AVS Lexus RC F GT3 has top-10 finishes in both the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech races held this year. They placed ninth at the season opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.
The one, two finish is the best showing for AVS in its two-year existence. The previous best was first and third at the Detroit Grand Prix last year.
“I’m wearing a mask, but I can tell you I’m smiling said British star Hawksworth. That was an awesome. To be honest, my job was quite easy because Aaron (Telitz) quite frankly put all of the hard work in the beginning with a good qualifying lap, started up front and then managed to get out front and get us a gap. Then, after that once I got in it was just about maintaining and making sure we kept everything under control. The fuel windows were very tight for this race for either a two stop or a three stop, so we had to monitor fuel a little bit. I didn’t see another GTD car all day so I’m not complaining. The Lexus RC F GT3s were absolutely on rails all day. I’m super stoked to have Aaron in the car for the rest of the season. A great job by all of the team at AIM VASSER SULLIVAN and can’t wait for the next one.”
AIM VASSER SULLIVAN (AVS) returned to IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition after five months away from the track due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 season resumed at Daytona with the two hour and 40-minute sprint race around the legendary 12-turn, 3.56-mile Florida track. The race was added to the schedule due to other 2020 IMSA event cancellations, and marks the first time in 10 years the series competed in a sprint race at Daytona during Independence Day weekend.