HART (Honda of America Race Team) has confirmed that newly-crowned ELMS LMP3 champions Sean Rayhall and John Falb will race with it at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona in its Acura NSX GT3.
Rayhall and Falb will join its pair of previously-confirmed drivers for the race, Acura factory driver Ryan Eversley and Honda R&D engineer Chad Gilsinger.
The deal for Falb and Rayhall covers just the Daytona 24 Hours. Outside of the January endurance classic, HART’s NSX GT3 will take on the whole North American Endurance Cup campaign, as well as the IMSA round at Mid-Ohio, with Eversley and Gilsinger the only confirmed drivers for the other rounds.
The 2018 Rolex 24 Hours will mark the Falb and Rayhall’s first GT starts, the pair having only driven prototype machinery in the past. Rayhall though, told DSC that it shouldn’t be too hard to get up to speed.
“For me and John, the Roar will be my first GT run as well as my first drive in the NSX,” Rayhall said. “But it’s a car, it has four tyres, a steering wheel and gas pedal, so I’m sure it’ll be ok. Expectations wise I expect the NSX to be a strong car at Rolex this year, there’s been so much work behind the scenes to make it better.
“Both Ryan and Chad have miles in the car too, and I’m sure they’ll set up the car so we can plug in really easily.”
The 2018 NAEC campaign is HART’s first in IMSA. Previously the team, which is made up of engineers and staff from Honda of America’s base in Marysville, has raced Super Touring Honda Accords and the previous model Acura NSX in SCCA World Challenge in the late 90s. This year it raced in Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge with a Honda Civic Si.
The 2018 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona will run from January 27-28.