David Heinemeier Hansson will be the new driver for Lexus in the coming season.
The 3GT Racing team participates in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with two Lexus RC F GT3 cars, and Heinemeier Hansson will share car #15 with Brit Jack Hawksworth, who drove for the team during their inaugural season in 2017.
The 38 year-old Dane has raced in IMSA and ALMS before, where he finished second in the LMP2 Championship in 2012. His focus since then has primarily been on the FIA World Endurance Championship, but there has been a few one-offs in the IMSA series, with some LMPC starts. Paul Gentilozzi was the man behind the RSR Racing team back then, and he is also the person behind the 3GT Racing team, so the two have known each other.
The plan is to do a full season in the Lexus car, which participates in the GTD category for GT3 cars. The remaining drivers for the endurance rounds, just as the driver in car #14, will be announced at a later date.
Heinemeier Hansson is one of the fastest silver ranked drivers in the motorsport world – at least among those you call “real” silver drivers. He is racing as a hobby and has no intentions about making it his living. That collides with the young Formula 3, GP3 and Formula 2 drivers, who are also ranked as silvers, even though they are much faster than a driver only racing 10 weekends in a year.
He won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014 together with the Young Driver Aston Martin Racing team, and went on to win the GTE Am title later that year in the FIA WEC. He was on the overall podium in 2017 at Le Mans, as only the third Dane ever in Le Mans history, but the Vaillante Rebellion team was later disqualified due to an irregularity compared the LMP2 car’s homologation.
David Heinemeier Hansson reveals that he is still working on a FIA WEC programme and/or Le Mans start for 2018 – but the still has plenty of time to decide on that, since the season only starts in April.