The first Honda NSX GT3 to compete in its home country of Japan will be fielded by a brand-new team to the Autobacs Super GT Series, as CarGuy Racing have announced that they will compete in Super GT beginning in 2018 with their new NSX GT3.
On 30 November, CarGuy announced that they had taken the first order for a customer NSX GT3 following a successful soft launch for the car in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Three weeks later, CarGuy Racing have announced their intent to compete in GT300 for the first time.
It’s a major milestone for Takeshi Kimura, who founded automotive entertainment company CarGuy just two years ago. The 47-year-old car collector will be the owner and one of the main drivers of the new NSX GT3 when it debuts in 2018. He has just two years of organized racing experience as a driver, but Kimura has spearheaded CarGuy Racing’s rapid ascent up the ladder of Japanese sports car racing in a very short time – through Super Taikyu, Blancpain GT Asia, and now Super GT since the autumn of 2016.
Forming the pro half of this pro-am lineup will be Naoki Yokomizo, who returns to Super GT after a one-year sabbatical. Yokomizo, 37, won the GT300 Drivers’ Championship in 2012 with Team Taisan, and in the following year, he won the Asian Le Mans Series LMGTE Championship with the same team. Over the course of his 11-year Super GT career, Yokomizo has also won a GT500 race with Hasemi Motorsport and Nissan.
In August, Yokomizo helped CarGuy Racing take an unexpected race win as a domestic wildcard entry at the Blancpain GT Asia round at Fuji Speedway, driving with Kei Cozzolino, who will be one of the team’s “supporting drivers” in 2018.
Cozzolino, the reigning Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia champion, will also take the mantle of sporting director of CarGuy Racing – making him the youngest team director in the series at just 30 years old.
The team’s other “supporting driver” is 26-year-old Afiq Yazid of Malaysia, a two-time former Super Trofeo Asia champion and runner-up in 2017 to Cozzolino in the Professional category. Both will be available for long-distance races as a third driver to Kimura and Yokomizo.
CarGuy Racing will run their operations out of the CarGuy Factory in Gotemba, within walking distance of Fuji Speedway, and have announced that they will employ up to 15 mechanics to work with the team in 2018.
They are the first of a number of potential customers of the Honda NSX GT3 in Super GT – stay tuned to DSC and Super GT World for more in the months to come…
Images courtesy of Honda and CarGuy.jp