Scott Pruett, one of the most accomplished racers in North America, is set to return to the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) later this year with the new F Performance team in a Lexus RC F GT3.
He recently found himself in an unfamiliar role at Long Beach [California], giving VIP rides in a Lexus RC F Cup car “with a lot of serious tuning.”
“It’s difficult to watch, especially given my record here,” said Pruett, who won the lone GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race there in 2006 in addition to winning in the WeatherTech Championship in 2014 and finishing second in 2015. “I don’t think any driver is a good spectator,” added Pruett, the leading winner in major North American sports car competition with 60 victories and 10 championships.
He hopes to begin testing the new Lexus during the first week of May, with the team assembling the parts it needs for the project. Team owner Paul Gentilozzi was also on hand for the Long Beach event.
“Racing takes time – if you want to do it right, and we want to do it right,” Pruett said. “Our first race might be Watkins Glen or Canadian Tire Motorsport Park; it all depends on the testing. We want to make sure we do all our homework, and want the car reliable and competitive.”
Pruett was part of Chip Ganassi racing for 12 years and competed in NASCAR and CART (the predecessor of IndyCar) races. Based on scottpruett.com, he won the following championships: Rolex Grand Am Championship (2004, team 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012); Sports Car Club of America Trans Am Championships (1987, 1994, 2003); IMSA GTO Championships (1986, 1988); IMSA GT Endurance Championship (1986, 2008); and Professional Karting Association World Title (1981).