AIM Vasser Sullivan, IMSA's newest team in the GT Daytona class for the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, has its first driver.

Jack Hawksworth, a former IndyCar driver who has spent the last two years piloting a Lexus RC F GT3 race car for 3GT Racing in the IMSA series, was named Monday as a driver for one of the team's two Lexus RC F GT3 cars in 2019.

"I am delighted and excited to be joining the AIM Vasser Sullivan racing team for the upcoming IMSA season,” said Hawksworth, 27. “I have spent the last two seasons driving the Lexus RC F GT3 car and look forward to continuing the push forward in the quest to win the big races and a championship with the AVS team and Lexus. Our first point of call will be the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

"I look forward to beginning preparations with the team over the coming weeks and months so that we can be ready for the challenge come January! Thank you to AVS for putting their faith in me and to everybody at Lexus for their continued support. I can't wait to get started."

Hawksworth proved to be quick in his two years with 3GT Racing, posting a GTD series-best four pole positions in 2018 and seven of the quickest GTD race laps, including five of the fastest laps during the 2018 season.

“Having Jack join us is an important step in accelerating the learning curve for all of us at AVS,” said AIM Vasser Sullivan co-owner and lead engineer Ian Willis. “The Lexus RC F GT3 is a new platform for us, and Jack has proven that he understands the car and knows what it takes to put us in the winner’s circle. This is fantastic for us and offers a terrific advantage and opportunity for Jack’s eventual co-drivers.”

Prior to his stint with 3GT Racing, Hawksworth raced three years in the IndyCar Series, including the 2015 and 2015 seasons for car owner A.J. Foyt.

AVS expects further driver announcements, including those for the second car, in the very near future.

Source: Autoweek

October 29, 2018